« on: April 02, 2015, 08:39:14 pm »
I want to set the record straight and let folks know what went down before this terrible design. I have not said much about this and for a awhile just went about and concentrated on other projects. I did not design this current course but was very involved with this property and had a sold design, ordered the baskets and got the basket quotes, consulted for years with Belton, physically cut out and marked much of the property.
what is really terrible besides the course design is how Belton has handled themselves in this process. We had a verbal agreement and i started working on this course and had 70 hrs of cutting and walking/marking the property. And then they backed out after we had been working together for over a year and after we had verbally agreed to work together, discussed costs for design, etc etc. I did not even realize that they backed out until 8 months later. Ouch! But i guess that is why you have to have things in writing, even though a handshake can be legally binding in certain situation.
So...i had tons of meetings, emails, texts, phone conversations, maps made, way points on the city's gps Tremble machine and then..... they pulled back and leave you hanging. So Belton obviously does not believe honoring verbal contracts and handshakes.
This is why Jordan and myself are getting contracts in place for another design. No one deserves to be treated unprofessionally, taking advantage of, and burned like Belton has demonstrated. Too many outstanding park departments locally for folks to spend their valuable time.
Bad course? Well that likely starts with how folks at Belton P&R handle their business and how they value disc golf, disc golfers and designers. So if you are helping them fix up their mess...do yourself a favor and get something in writing and make them pay you for your services. If you are an experienced player and want to help them fix their mess....they need to pay you for your work. Designs are not free and they need to be held accountable and treat folks professionally. It is really too bad that they do not see the value in doing things professionally. But hey... like Eric said... drive a couple miles away and you will find a park board and park department that values disc golfers, disc golfer feedback and quality well thought out designs.
I hope the course can be fixed and done properly. Great piece of land and it is shame that they failed to capture what it has to offer.