Delaware-New Jersey-Pennsylvania

Usually, my weekend trips involve new places, new disc golf courses, and even new states. But this was a little different, as I decided to take a ‘trip’ down memory lane and revisit some of my old stomping grounds. When I first started playing disc golf 15 years ago, I spent alot of time at the courses in Delaware and Pennsylvania, and always wanted to go back and play them again. So I flew up to Philadelphia Friday night, where I stayed the night in Wilmington, Delaware.

I began my Saturday morning with a round at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington, where I used to always play the 9-hole course there. They have since extended it to 18 holes, and this was my second time on the new layout, the last time being in 1997. It was great to visit this beautiful park again. When I was last here in 97, I drove up to New Jersey to play a tournament but had the wrong directions to the course, and never made the tourney. As I drove back towards Virginia rather disappointed, I stopped at Bellevue for a round, and it helped me deal with the blown NJ trip. I was looking most forward to my next course at Brandywine Creek State Park, as it such a beautiful and tough course, with great elevation changes atop picturesque hillsides. The howling wind killed my game, but it was just as fun as I last remember playing it, back in 1996. My next course was in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania at Anson B. Nixon Park. I have only played here once, also back in 1997, and only remembered a few of the holes, but I forgot how enjoyable of a course it was.

After hitting some old courses, my next one at Carousel Park in Marshallton, Delaware was a new one. And the course was as hard as the park was beautiful. I shot one of my worst scores ever, but didn’t really care, as I couldn’t stop taking pictures during my round. It was then back to another old course at White Clay Creek Park in Newark. Except the course has changed so much from the last time I was there 15 years ago, I didn’t recognize a single hole. I definitely enjoyed the new layout, but didn’t feel like I was at the same park as back in the day. My last course of the day was at my most-played course in Delaware, Lum’s Pond Park in Kirkwood. I was last here back in 2004, and I have many great memories here, particularly of the few tournaments I played here back in the mid-90’s.

After staying the night in Smyrna, Delaware, I started off Sunday morning visiting lighthouses along the Delaware River. They all had the same skeletal frame style, and I felt like I was looking at the same lighthouse each time I came across a new one. One of the lighthouses I wasn’t able to find, and another was impossible to get a picture of, so I took video of it as I drove across the bridge on 495. I then headed into New Jersey to play the 9-hole course at Riverview Beach Park in Pennsville before heading just down the road to view the Finn’s Point lighthouse. This weekend was also the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge, where many of the lighthouses around the state are open to the public, but unfortunately, Finn’s Point wasn’t, due to renovations. I then went another mile down the road to Fort Mott Park. I was hoping to find a cool fort there from the early 1800’s but instead it was a more modern one, minus the big fort walls and moat. My next stop was at the Tinicum Range lighthouse in Billingsport. I was able to climb to the top of this one, as I found it rather odd that it was located in the middle of a baseball complex. I then made my way towards Haddon Heights, where I tried to find my next golf course, but wasn’t able to locate the park, and continued on to the 4-hole course in Medford.

I then drove back into Pennsylvania and over to Philadelphia, where I came across Boathouse Row in Fairmount Park to view the cool-looking Turtle Rock lighthouse. I was amazed at how neat the waterfront area along the Schuylkill River was, and enjoyed a nice walk along the bike path. I also thoroughly enjoyed the art museum area, where I almost felt like I was in Greece, with the interesting buildings and landscaping along the river. I concluded my trip with a round of golf at the course in the park that I hadn’t played in 16 years. Definitely a great way to end my little nostalgia trip that included some new sites too.

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