The Mountain Run DGC players are known as "The Jesters" ("why?" you ask? I'll tell you later), and this is our mascot, Hubert. Hubert is a Jester, too, and he loves disc golf.
The word jest comes from Middle English gest, "a narrative of exploits" or a "story of great deeds", which is fitting for a group of disc golfers who like to share stories of their exploits on the course.
You'll notice Hubert's jester's hat has five circles on top, representing, of course, disc golf discs, but each also representing one of the five counties within the Virginia Piedmont, where Hubert, and the Mountain Run DGC, hopes to see disc golf grow and flourish in the very near future.
The original role of a jester in society was as a storyteller. The members of Mountain Run Disc Golf Club hope to be able to tell the story of how disc golf came to this area in the year 2016!
Now that you've met Hubert, he has something to share with you...
We've been asked, "Why are you called 'Mountain Run Disc Golf Club'? Why not 'Culpeper Disc Golf Club', or 'Virginia Piedmont Disc Golf Club'?" A valid question, to which I have a (fairly) succinct answer (depending on your definition of "succinct"). Of course, we considered both of the possibilities listed above, as well as several others, but dismissed each in its turn: even though we're currently based in Culpeper County, we knew that it wasn't just our county that was suffering from a lack of disc golf courses, but also the four counties on each of the four sides of the diamond that is Culpeper County (Stafford and Spotsylvania border Culpeper as well on the eastern tip of the diamond, but they are well represented when it comes to disc golf courses and players). We decided we wanted a name that was more geographically inclusive. We considered using the phrase Virginia Piedmont, since it exactly defines the five counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock (http://thevirginiapiedmont.org/), but it turns out that another club had used the word "Piedmont" in their name at some point, so we didn't want to be confused with them.
Now, if you're familiar with Culpeper at all (or familiar with Google Maps and have looked up Culpeper), you know that there's a tributary called Mountain Run that runs through the heart of the town of Culpeper and eventually joins the Rappahannock River. This same tributary is what feeds Mountain Run Lake, a man-made reservoir just east of town. I could tell you that this is the reason we chose our name and that would probably answer the mail in most people's minds. But there's more to the story.
Yes, Mountain Run "runs" through the middle of the county seat, but if you check the map, you'll find that "Mountain Run" is a common name for several, well, mountain runs, around the state. So, in that sense, it's a more universal moniker that extends our reach beyond Culpeper, which has always been part of our mission and purpose - to bring disc golf to this whole region, not just the County of Culpeper. But the final defining factor that lead us to choose Mountain Run Disc Golf Club as our name comes into focus when you go back to Google Maps and study the boundaries between these five counties. All four sides of the Culpeper County diamond, and therefore all five counties in this region, have boundaries that are defined by, partly or in whole, rivers. Specifically, the Rappahannock, Rapidan, Robinson, and Hughes Rivers, and Crooked Run. These "mountain runs" not only give shape to the counties, but are instrumental in the design of the terrain in the Virginia foothills, "Piedmont", and give disc golfers the kind of challenging vistas that we like to traverse while flinging plastic.
So there you have it - how Mountain Run Disc Golf Club got its name. As a small afterthought, it doesn't hurt that there are three public parks that sit alongside the actual Mountain Run in Culpeper County at various points that would benefit greatly from the addition of disc golf in some form or fashion...
Time to Play!
Sorry it took a while, but Mountain Run Disc Golf Club membership for the 2016 calendar year is now available. Membership is $25 for Regular and Junior Members, or if you're not a disc golfer but want to support the club because you like what we're doing to make the region better through disc golf, you can join as a "Friends of Disc Golf" Member for $18. This year's Regular and Junior Member disc will be an Innova Glow Champion disc with the Club logo. For our "Friends of Disc Golf" Members, you get a disc too, to share with friends and loved ones or to start the game yourself. FODG Members will receive a Discraft Pro-D putter with the Club logo. Click on the "Membership" tab above and click the "Membership Store" to place an order. Looking forward to seeing you on a course in Culpeper soon!
Thanks for the inquiries about club membership and how you can join in the fun! We'll be publishing a membership page with all the details in a few days, so thanks for your patience. What will you get if you join? Well, aside from the satisfaction of playing an integral part in bringing disc golf to Culpeper and the surrounding counties in 2016 - you'll also get an awesome custom disc with the Mountain Run DGC logo on it! The order is in, the check's in the mail, but it will take a couple weeks before they arrive. In the meantime, the short video to the right will give you a clue as to what you might expect to receive when you join...