As a seasoned disc golfer with years of cherished memories, I recently embarked on an exhilarating adventure at the Quarry Park Open in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, during July 2023. This two-day PDGA B Tier event not only provided an opportunity for competitive disc golf but also allowed me to reunite with old friends and rediscover the nostalgia of our past disc golfing exploits on the UK Disc Golf Tour.
A Walk Down Memory Lane
Quarry Park Disc Golf Course holds a special place in my heart, dating back to the late ’90s when we traversed its fairways during the formative years of disc golf in the UK. It’s no surprise that Tripadvisor ranks it as the second-best thing to do in Leamington Spa. The course’s picturesque beauty, set amidst the idyllic Warwickshire countryside with the gentle River Avon meandering alongside, is truly enchanting. The mastermind behind this disc golf haven, Derek Robins, has poured his heart and soul into its construction, making it a destination worth cherishing.
Reuniting with Old Bongos Disc Golf Club Teammates: Beyond the thrilling competitive aspect, the Quarry Park Open served as a heartwarming reunion with long-lost friends from the past. Among them was Rich Sampson, who traveled all the way from Australia, and Spenno Worth, the proud recipient of the MA50 · Mixed Amateur 50+ trophy. As we laughed and shared stories, we reminisced about the good old days on the UK Disc Golf Tour, reliving moments of youthful exuberance and camaraderie.
Paying Tribute to the Organizers:
No tournament of this magnitude could succeed without the dedication and tireless efforts of its organizers. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the staff and volunteers who worked relentlessly to orchestrate such a memorable event. A special nod goes to Derek Robins, whose unwavering passion and visionary dream brought this picturesque disc golf course to life. Derek humbly remarked, “If I hadn’t planted all those trees, I would have a great view of the Avon valley.” His unyielding commitment has transformed a dream into reality, enriching the lives of countless disc golf enthusiasts.
A Spectacular Tournament Experience
The Quarry Park Open was an experience like no other, showcasing the talent and camaraderie that the disc golf community is known for. The tournament structure, with two rounds per division on Saturday and one round on Sunday, allowed us to exhibit our skills while fostering friendly competition. The lively ambiance, with a vibrant bar and a delightful burger van on the short course, added a touch of festivity to the event. Witnessing Spenno’s exhilarating Ace on hole 2, achieved with a perfectly executed throw using a DX Innova Roc, brought cheers and jubilation to all.
The Event’s Grand Celebration
Beyond being a regular tournament, the 29th Quarry Park Open commemorated 50 years of Derek Robins’ involvement in Disc Sports. This milestone deserved a grand celebration, complete with the opportunity to enjoy hot food and drinks onsite, enhancing the overall experience. The albeit rainy Saturday evening social event further strengthened the bonds within the disc golf community, forging new friendships and cementing lasting memories.
My visit to the Quarry Park Open in July 2023 was an extraordinary journey, teeming with disc golfing prowess, heartwarming reunions, nostalgia, and triumphant moments. The allure of the Quarry Park Disc Golf Course remains as captivating as ever, and Derek Robins’ vision and dedication continue to shine bright. This remarkable event reignited my passion for disc golf, reminding me of the joy it brings to my life. Until we meet again, Quarry Park, I eagerly await the next chance to navigate your scenic fairways and bask in the camaraderie of this incredible sport. Disc golf truly is a source of lifelong connections and unforgettable experiences.