West Palm Croquet and Ft. Pierce-Jupiter Disc Golf

Croquet anyone?I tried a new sport this Saturday that I’ve never really thought about, but thoroughly enjoyed – croquet (for those who think I’m talking about knitting, that would be crochet, which I have yet to try and have no immediate plans for either, although the thought does sound enticing). A couple really good friends of mine just became members of the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach (the largest center in the world), and invited me to join them for the free Saturday morning lesson. It was much harder and funner than I thought it’d be, and I was amazed at how much strategy was involved. My two friends teamed up against a fellow lesson-taker and myself. We lost the first match rather handedly, but we came back in the second match. We then enjoyed a nice lunch and the A/C at the center. After we returned to their place in Boynton Beach, I headed just down the road to the Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands.

Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands

After a fun walk along the 1.5 mile boardwalk, I drove just east to Delray Beach to the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, where Wakodahatchee WetlandsI hiked along the 3/4 mile boardwalk. I then headed to southwest Delray Beach, where I took in another hike along the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. This is the third time I’ve been here, and both this time and last time included a bee sting. At least, this one was on my calf and not above my eye! Since I was out this way, I drove next to West Delray Regional Park, where there has been rumor of a disc golf course going in here in the future. Threatening skies, though, made my visit brief, and I ended up driving in the driving rain all the way home.

Sunday was spent up north in Fort Pierce and Jupiter playing different disc golf courses within the area. My friend Steve and I first went to the St. Lucie Village St. Lucie Village Heritage ParkHeritage Park in Ft. Pierce, where we played a couple rounds at one of the worst disc golf courses in Florida. I have only played here once before, and this will probably be the last time I ever play here, as this park has the strangest baskets I’ve ever seen. Instead of a metal basket with chains, the ”basket’ looks like a football goalpost with a top portion, with pieces of rope with a lugnut at the end hanging from the top. All the pieces of rope on all 9 baskets have since been knocked off. We then hit the ‘real’ Ft. Pierce course, where we got in another 3 rounds at this super-fun course. Next up was an old church course in Jupiter that may actually be even worse than the St. Lucie Village course. Matter of fact, we didn’t even bother playing it. We then played a round at the course on the FAU Jupiter campus. Our next course was at the recently-renovated 9-holer at PGA National Park in West Palm Beach. Though not as big and monstrous as the original layout, it was still fun to play and great to know that it’s back in the ground. Our last stop was at Freedom Park in Greenacres, which is supposed to be the next new course in south Florida. We were hoping that the course was already put in, but not yet. But still, another fun traveling disc-golf day.

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

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