It must be fall because I’m back into basketball. I’ve always said my life is cyclical, which is why I never liked getting rid of anything. While I would love to follow the Wolves again, the Pacers are shown locally, so no NBA League Pass will need to be purchased.
To step back a second, this all started when we went to Minnesota last month to see Phil Collins. One of the first things I saw on TV when we got to the hotel was the Wolves game. That reminded me, oh yeah, basketball. I used to like that. So I watched the game while the seed dug it’s way out of the back of my head.
Upon returning home, I began noticing the Pacers were showing up in my local FSN feed. So I started watching. Then I started watching other games. Then I started playing NBA 2K18. Now I’m all in with the Pacers. While I’ll always be somewhat connected to the Wolves, the Pacers are where it’s at for me now.
All this said, I’ll more than likely be out of basketball by January like always, lol.
As I mentioned in my last post, The former Tour 3 site has apparently been bought and is currently undergoing redevelopment. This bums me out to no end.
I stopped by the site on my way home from M’s yesterday so I could see if they saved any part of the water hole. Sadly, it’s been completely erased. They have uniformly built up the area along the road and just behind me (to the right in this photo) there are job site trailers set up.
It bums me out I didn’t have a chance to see the site in spring. I really wanted to get out there and take some photos in the field as the leaves were coming back. My initial obsession has definitely waned over the winter, so it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Knowing something like a warehouse is probably going in there irks me a bit regardless. Such is progress, I guess.
I’m glad I got out to take pictures when I did. Even looking at the blown out ones I took yesterday present some interesting angles and compositions. If anything, the pictures I have may just serve as inspiration for other projects in the future. I’m still planning to paint the water hole. It’ll just have to be from reference photos now.
I stopped by Tour 3 a couple of weeks ago to hopefully get better shots of the water hole. I forgot there was a drainage ditch along the road, so I wasn’t able to get super close without damaging my shoes. I’ll have to take that into account next time I go. I really want to try and get right up to the edge of the water at some point.
As you can see, the barrier retaining the green is still in good condition. I’m sure the water has been picked clean of golf balls over the years. It would be interesting to try and get onto the green at some point, though that’s where the vegetation is the thickest.
I finally took the turn and drove down past Tour 3 yesterday. I had forgotten how close to the road the island hole was. I was able to get a couple of adequate shots of it from my window, one of which is above (with super nice cloud cover). I really should have gotten out and taken some from the edge of the road, but I’ll do that next time I’m in better light.
I will say I was extremely surprised by what I saw. The entire putting surface has been reclaimed by tree height foliage. This was a surface manicured on a daily(?) basis to support rolling golf balls. I expected tall grass sure, but not tree height bushes. It could be that steps were taken after they closed to return the land to a natural setting, but I highly doubt it. The wooden supports around the green are still in place and all of the buildings still stand (though look pretty dismal today). This is what can happen when nature takes its course over nine years.
As you can see, I’m still highly taken with this area. I saw a for sale sign in the field as I was pulling up. A part of me hopes it doesn’t get bought so I can see the area in different seasons. Maybe I’ll try to get out there and paint it at some point this fall.
I spent almost an entire summer about nine years ago playing golf. My buddy and I (and friends) would play all over the St. Louis and St. Charles area. It was pretty awesome most of the time, but I was not so good and had almost no form.
One of the places we played a few times was called Tour 3. It was a par-3 course set up to replicate many of the famous holes from around the world. One of the nice things about Tour 3 was it was open until midnight or something crazy like that. One of the not so nice things about it was all of the mosquitoes and bugs that would swarm the area while we were playing. It wasn’t the best of locations.
Fast forward to this summer. I take highway 370 to get to and from M’s parents house. The exit I take leads me past what looks like an ordinary corn field with a house in the middle. When I started taking that route to get to her house, I had a crazy feeling I had been that way before. It didn’t take long to get me thinking I had played golf around there and maybe that house was actually the old clubhouse. I don’t know why I had thought the course would still be active. Like I said, it was a terrible location. From what I could find, it actually closed the year after we played there.
Back and forth, back and forth I’d go. Every time I’d pass the location, my eyes and mind wandered. Most people know I love abandoned structures, but a golf course? I find it utterly fascinating though, to drive past a place I once played golf (several times) and see it as a ordinary corn field. Was the water hazard still there? Where were the exact boundaries? Every time I drive by I swear I’m going to pull down the road that leads to the clubhouse to check it out. I never do, but I hope to one day.
I don’t why this plot of land captures my imagination every time I pass by it. I suppose it’s like I said: I played golf in the middle of those corn fields. I can still see the structure of the course from Google maps. They didn’t tear out or fill the water hazard and I think one of the sand traps is still there. Maybe one day I will stop by there and check things out. I’ll probably be one of the few people who have since it closed.