Snowstar in Andalusia isn't just an amazing place to be during the winter months!

This Saturday & Sunday, August 21 & 22, 2021 they'll be holding the kickoff for the new  extreme disc golf course from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Unlike any other course, you will be challenged with a unique terrain that is 3 miles long with difficult elevations.  It's been a while since I've hit a Disc Golf course and this sounds amazing.

Food & beverages will be available throughout the day.

According to the Facebook Event Page:

There will be 2 rounds of 18 holes, best shot doubles. Bring your own partner!
All Divisions: $60 per team

Pro payout in cash, Am payout in Iron Lion merchandise.

Sign Up will be available on Disc Golf Scene later this week. There will be no day of sign-up.

 

8-8:30 AM: Team Check In
9 AM: 1st Round Tee Off
Lunch
1/2 PM: 2nd Round Tee Off

 

This will be a chance to play the rough cut of the upcoming pay to play course at Snowstar. It is called the rough cut because we will be using natural teepads and the course is not 100% ready. The rough can be very rough. This is essentially the start of a beta mode for the course, and we are doing doubles initially to make it more enjoyable. We are hoping practice rounds will be available by next week.
The bar and concession stands will be open. Please consider having lunch on site, we want to impress the owners at Snowstar who are making a sizable contribution to Quad Cities Disc Golf.

LOOK: Here is the richest town in each state

Just saying the names of these towns immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, luxury cars, and ritzy restaurants. Read on to see which town in your home state took the title of the richest location and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows—your hometown might even be on this list.

Iowa's Island City

There is something unique about every town, but there is really something special about Sabula, IA. Known as "Iowa's Island City," Sabula is the only town in the state of Iowa that is entirely on an island. While not a lot of people have been to, or live in Sabula, it is a quaint little town nestled right on the Mississippi River.

Before we show you around "Iowa's Island City," let me give you the history of Sabula. Sabula was established in 1835, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis. Isaac Dorman and a man named Hinkley crossed the river from the Illinois side on a log and decided to settle on what is now Sabula. An Ohio couple, James and Margaret Woods would settle on Sabula about a year later in April of 1836. Their son, Dr. E. A. Woods would purchase Hinkley's interest in the claim. Charles Swan and W. H. Brown would soon purchase Dorman's interest. The three men, Woods, Swan and Brown later had the land plotted in 1837.

The idea behind plotting the land was because there was no town between Lyons (north Clinton) and Bellevue. The plot of the new town was recorded in Dubuque as this area was part of Dubuque county at the time, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis.

According to Island City Harbor's website, Sabula went through a few names before landing on the official town name. In 1837, Sabula was first called Carrollport. Residents of the town didn't like the name because there was a man's name who was Carroll who had a bad reputation. The town changed its name to Charleston, after early settler Charles Swan. The only issue was that there was already a town called Charleston in Iowa which caused much confusion.

In 1846 the settler’s decided to find a name. Island City Harbor's website says that because of it’s sandy soil, William Hubble suggested the town be called "Sabulum" which is Latin for sand. A party was being held around the time the town name was being discussed, when a woman, supposed to be Miss Harriet Hudson, suggested the town be called Sabula as it was easier to pronounce and sounded more elegant, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis.

Sabula did not actually become an island until 1939. According to Wikipedia, in the 1930's, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed the lock and dam system. In 1939, Lock and Dam No. 13 between Clinton, IA and Fulton, IL was built which caused the bottomlands west of the town permanently flooded. With the Mississippi River east of the town, this created the "Island City." A levee was built around Sabula in 1957 for protection, according to Island City Harbor's website. This also allowed for the south sand pit to be turned into a boat harbor.

I would like to thank my mom Beth, her fiancé Matt, my brother Nolan and my wife Ellie for accompanying me to Sabula. We always have a blast on our trips and this one was no exception.

It's now time to introduce you to Sabula, Iowa, Iowa's Island City.