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30 hours of volunteer work by:
Brain Sweezy
Nate Zier
Greg Matton
Tyler Matton
Kevin Weiss
Charles Byrd
Scott Murphy
Husker Ben

With a fresh mow that was LONG over due, and major trimming, the course looks much better.  Thanks to Kevin and Tyler for allowing us to use their trucks for hauling out debris.  I was able to get out there early and trim out a bunch so our army of workers had plenty to pull and stack in the trucks and we were able to work effectively as a team and accomplish a lot.  Everyone worked really hard.  I hope to get out this summer and get back to spraying the edges to keep things knocked down.

Thanks KCFDC for the drinks and stump killer.  Biggest work day that we have ever had out there on a night that folks could have chosen to play numerous courses or leagues or just stay home in the AC.  Thanks everyone.  The course needed it badly.

Work day is on.

I got my saws ready and took them apart, cleaned the air filters, chains  sharpened, and are razor sharp ready to cut.

Back sprayer is loaded up

2 containers of Tordon

2 loppers

Gatorades and water and Nate is grabbing adult beverages

1 chain saw, 1 telescoping pole chainsaw, 1 pole  hand saw

2 rakes

Bring yourselves.  We go the gear.  We need some more mules. 


I sent several folks a text message who expressed interest in a work day.  I know that week days might seem weird to have a work day but a couple folks already agreed to this night and 3 of us is a good start.  I hope to push back fairways, raise ceilings, and maybe some spraying. It really needs some love and it would be nice to get it looking good for the rest of the summer. 

Cold drinks provided by the club. 


PM if you have any questions.  We could likely move some baskets for Joe as well.

Tournaments / Re: Disc Golf Day 2016 - May 28 @ Swope Park
« on: May 28, 2016, 08:21:34 PM »
Great job Nate and KCFDC team!

Thanks for a great event. The weather was beautiful.   The shirts looked fantastic again.  Last several years they have been spot on.  BBQ lunch was delicious and beer was cold, tasty and plentiful. 

Thanks everyone for donating your time and energy and providing such a wonderful day of disc golf adventures.  My daughter had a great time and we saw numerous  kids running around grinning from ear to ear. 

First class job everyone!


Young Park - Blue Springs / moved baskets
« on: May 22, 2016, 08:36:26 PM »
I moved....

I really hope to get out there once school gets out and push back the fairways, raise the ceilings,  and spray for ivy/honeysuckle/russian olive/multiflora rosa.

Please let me know if you are interested in helping.  Wilbur looks very shaggy and needs some serious love.  I do not have the time like i used to give and the course is clearly showing it. I need help please and thanks.

Tournaments / Re: 2016 Kansas City Wide Open - May 6-8, 2016
« on: May 09, 2016, 12:37:41 PM »
I was following Will, JohnE, Nate and Uli on Sunday.  I was impressed with how Will was able to handle his emotions.  He completely lost his putt.  Several airballs from 15-20 foot and even a 6-10.  It was obvious that his world felt like it was caving in but he was able to stay calm and act as a professional.  There are so many other players that immediately look to blame others and make excuses.  I heard several pros blaming others when they need to suck it up and act professional.

 It really says a lot about his character and others on his card gained some strokes that round and ended up taking home some good money.  No card wants to have Debbie downer and kill the mood. 

Young Park - Blue Springs / League -Tuesday, April 5th at 6pm
« on: March 30, 2016, 02:19:06 PM »
Joe Mangiarancina will be running league this year.

Starts this Tuesday at 6pm.   

Thanks for running league.  I will be bringing plenty of  adult beverages to share  to kick start the first league.

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Will Young have a spring cleanup day?
« on: March 30, 2016, 02:15:35 PM »
I had a meeting with parks and rec today.  I brought some recommendations for some minor fixes and more complex fixes.  They are still hoping to get to the CUA... i was told that they are trying to get several things done and they have not forgot about it.

I have  a list of things that i will submit to them.  They will get to the easier things first.  some of the more difficult things will have to be this fall/winter.

Good meeting. 

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Will Young have a spring cleanup day?
« on: March 20, 2016, 02:20:41 PM »
Building upon Dougie Fresh's hard work, three of us got a good amount of work done.  Showmedoug and his dog Mini, Scott Murphy, and myself knocked out the hillside on AA.  It looks a lot better.  I have been waiting for years for the county to make an effort to clean that but not much has happened.

As a  collective group we have 7 1/2 hours  on that side of the park and there were close to 10 bags of trash( most came from other side of the fence which is not park property).

I have a meeting set up at the  park in a week in hopes of fixing some issues, new pins on 6,15,17, and moving/pouring a couple tee pads.

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Will Young have a spring cleanup day?
« on: March 17, 2016, 10:42:19 AM »
Good work out their Steeler.

Did you happen to see some other areas of concern?  I have cleared some time this wknd to go out and continue the good work.  I plan on moving baskets as well. 

I will be there at 9. Please come out if you can. I will bring trash bags.  I will bring my sthil polesaw and trim back some areas as well if that is needed and recommended.   So if  there are some fairways/ceilings  closing in please let me know where we should cut back.

Thanks for your hard work and i hope to get it looking good for league.  I believe we have someone to run  singles out there this year. 

Nate-do we have someone lined up this year to run league?

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Will Yates have a spring cleanup day?
« on: March 15, 2016, 12:00:41 PM »
I can likely do this Saturday.  I have a bunch of park and rec trash bags.

General Banter / American Disc Golf Tour
« on: March 14, 2016, 11:58:23 AM »
I was not sure i was reading this correctly.  This came from All things disc golf web page interviewing Chris Kilgus i believe.  What is the open space referring the article is referring to?

There is a list of technical standards on your website that vary slightly from the PDGA’s standards. What are the changes and why the differences?

“The differences were based on talks with players, ADGT officials as well as ESPN. The main changes include changes in the the rim width allowing slightly larger rim discs as well as allowing discs to now have a open space in the middle of the disc. For live disc golf events to be attractive to new viewers and players we have to have some disc flights that are easily caught by camera. Making the specs more generous can potentially increase the flight time of a disc on open drives, invariably making discs fly father and easily tracked on camera.”

General Banter / Re: New course in independence.
« on: March 07, 2016, 09:05:23 AM »
yes it is private.  Sorry for sharing such a lengthy response, Carl.  When you put a ton of work into places you tend to be excited and share additional info.

We managed 18.  Really good flow for most part and get to see some interesting features.  A couple holes have the swope effect (errant throws could be on another fairway) but that is non issue since it is private and not meant to hold big events.

Drumm Farm is very impressive operation.  They came into some minerals right money a few years back and have been able to do tremendous things.  They are in the process of building several more brand new homes for foster families.  I believe they have about 70 foster kids out there currently.  Brad Smith continues to find ways to generate revenue to build additional homes.  Nate Zier would likely know the number better than I, but i believe there are about 2000 kids in foster in KC.  I may be way off, but Drumm Farm is a great place and Brad has turned that place around. 

I remember hearing something similar as far as an alternative school.  But that is not the case today.  I hope that we can get the course ready in the next couple years to host a fund raising tournament similar to Thornfield. 

General Banter / Re: New course in independence.
« on: March 06, 2016, 04:03:05 PM »
It is private.  Not sure if it will ever be open to play unless for tournaments. They are not that concerned with even running events or even to opening it up on certain days to the public at this point.  They are more concerned about all the work that is left.  They are open to the idea of running some future events, but this course is to provide another outdoor alternative to the foster kids that live there.  The foster kids have numerous outdoor activities  mainly geared towards their farm-livestock and crops etc.

Please do not go out there.  There are plenty of other places to play and i want this course to remain something positive versus being a thorn in the side for them.  We have worked very hard routing the course and having all parties out there involved come to agreement on future pasture land, fenced land, disc golf land etc.

If you are out there without permission,  they will run you out of there.  Everyone that lives there knows one another and you will be asked to leave rather quickly.  We have worked very hard on that course and there is much work that needs to be done.  It is a very sweet course  that is technical, has elevation, lots of water/creek OB, road/walking path OB, and plays as White course with Red tees as well,

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: moved baskets
« on: February 21, 2016, 07:24:41 AM »
Baskets  moved
1- short

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