The Pluto Platter was renamed the Frisbee in 1958, but it took longer than that for the new moniker to be adopted in Aptos, especially at the Ralph Rhodes Ranch golf course. Wine was the preferred drink during a round (likewise during the annual Easter egg hunt), and extra commendations were handed out for not spilling during a fairway drive. It was advantageous for the younger players to have a large party, for the local club pros would generally accept a handicap of playing with a hand-me-down sub-par platter. Craig and Glenn were the distance champs, and Ralph was the master of the one-footed trick shot.
Although the actual holes did change over the years, and special course rules were added to accommodate the presence of frisbee loving dogs, here is the course layout as I remember it.
- From the patio to the bush at the end of the lawn
- Starting on the road, between two trees and back over to the propane tank.
- Through the hoop and into the pig scalding tub.
- All the way to the barn.
- Around the barn to a tree.
- Back up and through the tire.
- From the barn to the tree in the turn-around.
- Over the house and into the bush.
- Up the hill and hit the cork tree.
I’m sure I missed some details and some special holes, so please send me corrections and additions.