Feature: Will It Play In Peoria?

A Casual Round with Nate Heinold and the Story of Northwood Gold

Photo: Patrick Aubyrn

“At the bridge’s midpoint, my phone rings at interstate radio volume through the car speakers. I let out a few choice expletives regarding the frightening decibel level. It’s Nate Heinold. He can meet 15 minutes earlier than expected.

Tournament directors aren’t often household names, but Heinold comes close.”

Ultiworld Disc Golf’s Patrick Aubyrn played a round at the newly-redesigned Northwood Park Disc Golf Course with 2019 PDGA Pro Worlds TD Nate Heinold to get the entire story behind the transformation of the property and the expectations for what Heinold hopes is the best Worlds on record.

Will It Play in Peoria?

  1. Patrick Aubyrn
    Patrick Aubyrn

    Patrick Aubyrn is a writer at Ultiworld Disc Golf, and a double bassist, musicologist, and educator living in Oak Park, IL with his wife and young son. He is A.B.D. at the University of Washington and is writing his dissertation on the 19th-century German composer Johannes Brahms. As a disc golfer, he occasionally threw 1000-rated rounds back in 2007 and holds the distinction of hitting two holes-in-one in the same tournament round but not paying into the ace pool.

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