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General Banter / Re: Shared Use- MTBs and Disc Golf
« on: October 07, 2014, 05:55:21 PM »
Eric and Jack,
I have discussed with the trail steward  Clay and Matt Woody about different ideas at BRC.  BRC has some issues, but both groups want the same topography/densely covered areas.  So, in order to get the most of the parks, we need to start thinking how to address these issues.

some ideas we talked about were

- a bell with a rope/chain/pieces of material  that hangs down that the rider could grab/hit as they ride
-signs that would ask the user to call out"rider" or "Trail"

I know from riding trails that it can be scary at times when you are going too fast and you are not likely looking up  high off the ground so signs may be good in theory, but may not be very practical to other than the walkers.

On another note,  Fox Hill also has a walking trail and they recently had their "Disc Flying Area" signs stolen.  They were super nice and very expensive.  So, i  would bet that those $300 signs were stolen by disc golfers and now hanging in their man cave.  So damned if you do damned if you don't.    This is why i like the idea of some type of noise maker that hangs down.  Maybe something similar to the idea of really long tubes or  something like wind chimes  that are easy to hit with a swing of an arm versus trying to grab a rope/chain when bombing down a trail.

William Yates Elementary / Re: Oct 4th Work Day
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:18:49 PM »

Reminder that there is a workday at WYE on Oct 4th, at 9 am to ?   

Hoping to get WYE looking good for the Indep Disc Golf Day on Oct 25th. 

Tournaments / Re: Fox Hill Juniors Tournament oct18
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:15:19 PM »
 I believe it came down to dates that worked best for Bill Lentz the TD(pe teacher at Fox Hill).  Looking back at the numbers from last year and other Junior events that i have run, there has not been much participation from disc golfers and their kids so scheduling it against other events is not a big deal.  Plus, i have found that by the fall, there aren't many days available. In addition,  if we got a lot of guys that played disc golf bringing out their kids, then i would understand.  But, it tends to be about 70-30 with 30% being disc golfers/club members/tourney players supporting these events.  Bad timing for sure, but Bill was able that weekend so that is that.  Most of the kids that have shown up to the four Juniors events that i have been part of, were kids that i had taught or Bill had taught at his school.

I wish there were more weekends in the Fall to chose from, but kids have sports that go late into the fall. So there is a short window of dates to choose from.  However, if you wait too long, then you could have really bad weather and parents do not want to get out  in the cold and play a game/chaperon  that many do not know much about.    So, there are several factors that play in to this besides if it fits best into  the club schedule. 

The flyer will be out soon. I am not helping  this year and Bill is likely doing the best he can.  Not everybody loves disc golf, has the passion, the knowledge, like many of us on this forum. 

Liberty, MO - Stocksdale Park / Re: Liberty - BRC League Night 9/29
« on: September 24, 2014, 01:22:46 PM »
The green plastic caps with a rope through the middle are the alt pins.  you are correct Bill. 

Liberty, MO - Stocksdale Park / Re: Liberty - BRC League Night 9/29
« on: September 24, 2014, 11:59:34 AM »
some holes need to be left in the most visible position until the tee signs are in.  we need to be catering to the casual golfers and i like to use the "keep it simple" method.  if baskets are blind, then casuals may be turned off but walking around searching for baskes.   I would like to avoid that experience and continue to grow the sport.  i have run into may first timers that love the shorter tees and visible baskets.  keeping baskets visible is important for now.  if you are getting bored with the basket locations, play the golds, play the shorts to the gold :).  the course is not officially open.   

Baskets will get moved soon.  Please be patient.  Course did go in the ground in a year and half, which is pretty good when considering the woods clearing on  holes 2,3,4, 6,7,9,,12,13,15,16., plus the  seeding, ivy spraying, mound building, brush hogging etc. 

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Missing basket
« on: September 08, 2014, 04:01:03 PM »
Bill, change your subject in the original post to  "stolen basket" . 

Not missing, but stolen.  Wow, life must really suck for you to have to steal a basket. 

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Missing basket
« on: September 07, 2014, 06:13:46 PM »
I found that out today when i went to move the #5 basket.  I will call the park department tomorrow morning.  I believe it was stolen as well Bill.    So...we are looking for an orange powder coated Mach 5.  Please be on the look out for this type of basket.  Most folks do not buy the power coated orange so this basket should turn up at some point.    Plus, once it is found i will be able to identify the basket due to marking the basket it in an inconspicuous location that does not resemble anything like a mark.

Baskets moved today
6,7, 9, 12, 18

 With the added on number plate, the powder coating, the in ground anchor  the irrigation tube and cover, i am really hoping the cost of this all totals $500 so we can punish this individual with a felony.

Liberty, MO - Stocksdale Park / Re: Liberty, MO.
« on: September 05, 2014, 11:56:52 AM »
Update from Nick at parks & rec:
Most long pads are back filled with gravel
All wooded areas mowed out
Spraying and reseeding are next on the list ( lots of spraying thus far and they have committed to knocking out the remaining ivy)
Kiosk arrived but posts to hang it on has  not been shipped yet
The open areas continue to be mowed regularly and players will not have to worry about tall grass unless you go way off course

If you see the park guys working say hello.  They are making the course a priority and showing it major love.  It is nice having several allies in the parks department.   

William Yates Elementary / Oct 4th Work Day
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:35:00 PM »
Oct 4th is a work day at Yates getting it ready for Indep Disc Golf Day/Event.  Epic church will be representing with a large group.  They play regularly out there and have adopted that school as a community partner.

It looks really rough out there and we want to get it looking nice for the Indep Disc Golf Day/Event

Things to do:
Trim up trees
Remove honey suckle
repaint the "next hole" marker stones
Add chains to the baskets
(hopefully be adding nickels to the baskets) Eric Minton
Possible tee sign work if Eagle scout project is lined out.

Found and Lost / Re: Lost at Liberty (x2)
« on: August 26, 2014, 11:57:14 AM »
Joots,i lost a pink wraith down there as well near your yellow champ sidewinder.   i hope you find mine as well. 

Liberty, MO - Stocksdale Park / Re: Liberty, MO.
« on: August 24, 2014, 06:12:12 PM »
All tee pads are complete except long 15 and there is a temp fly pad there.  They will be back filling the pads that are above grade soon so that will help with run ups.   

#12 Gold pin is in.  It is fun!  That hole is an old tree nursery for the parks dept.  It reminds you of playing a mountain course or course with pines with the nice symmetry  among all the trees on the right.

Course is on a strict mowing schedule.  Tall grass plays OB and there are plans to eventually turn all tall grass areas into natural prairie with flowers etc.  Grass is not too tight and very generous on many holes even if you are a beginner.

Liberty, MO - Stocksdale Park / Liberty Course Name?
« on: August 11, 2014, 01:53:29 PM »
Liberty would like to know what you all think for a name.  Here are 3 name suggestions for  the dgc.  These names were provided by the parks department. 

# 1Royal Catchfly
#2 Walnut Woods
#3 Nuthatch Hollow

If you have a suggestion, throw it out. 

Tournaments / Re: PDGA Rules ?
« on: August 05, 2014, 01:19:37 PM »

Now I'm confused like my blind buddy says..and I quote:: How come they don't play by the PDGA rules?
And my quote:   I don't know,  just throw your disc, you blind bastard.

I am intrigued by your blind friend playing disc golf.  Can you elaborate?  Or did i just miss your joke?   

Liberty, MO - Stocksdale Park / Re: Liberty, MO.
« on: August 05, 2014, 08:17:39 AM »
If fully set up means all 18 baskets then yes.  A couple tees are still missing along with tee signs.

Liberty, MO - Stocksdale Park / Re: Liberty, MO.
« on: August 04, 2014, 05:09:26 PM »
I appreciate your kind words.  I want courses to have something for everyone.  That is how we grow the game and keep the course full of users. There have been several disc golfers who shared their vision out there as well.  It is always a team effort and should be. 

So....thanks to these folks as well for sharing their vision or physically helping with work days
Dick Parker
Dan Loomis and Minna
Ted Keith
Tracy Walker
Jordan Hinck
Ian Stone
Todd Hall

And if you live in Independence or even near it please consider showing your support on August 12th at 6pm at the Sermon Center.  Jordan Hinck has been working very hard building that relationship with the park dept, staying in constant contact, doing powerpoints/spreadsheets/maps, and representing KC disc golf community in a such professional manner.  We have some great tracks of land being considered so we need folks to show up and prove that disc golf is desired for Independence.

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