I’m no Tiger Woods. And my dog, Badger, is no Steve Williams (Tiger’s caddy). But when it comes to disc golfing together, we have as much fun as Ty Webb and Danny Noonan.
“Just be the ball, be the ball, be the ball. You’re not being the ball Danny.”
“It’s hard when you’re talking like that.”
Hiring a caddy to carry your golf clubs on an 18-hole championship golf course is nothing new. But bringing your canine companion along to carry your golf discs for 18 disc golf holes is nothing short of brilliant. I found this out on Friday when Badger and I played the Alpine Disc Golf Course at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort just outside Bend, Oregon.
For Badger’s caddypack, the obvious choice was the Ruff Wear Approach Pack (the Wedge, Drive, and Putter packs were not available.) Even though Ruff Wear designed this pack for the hiking ‘approach’ to base camp, this pack also worked well for disc golfing.
I brought four discs – a driver, two mid-range discs, and a putter. Two discs fit in each saddlebag and there was still plenty of room for water, snacks, Badger’s food, and my camera. The weight didn’t slow him down at all. He was right by my side at every tee and every putt, just like a caddy should.
The course is in a beautiful location and offers fantastic views of Central Oregon and the southern Cascades. The course starts at 7500 feet elevation, halfway up the mountain, and winds for 9 holes through lava fields (I wished Badger had worn his Grip Trex boots), then through forest and ski runs for the final 9 holes. Each hole averages over 300 feet long and generally trends downhill.
It was a fun and successful disc golf adventure. Though I technically shot 11 over par, my real score was – 2. That’s minus two discs lost in trees. But I guess that’s all just part of the game. Like I said, I’m no Tiger Woods.