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Tournaments / 2015 Kansas City Juniors Open- Oct 10th
« on: September 04, 2015, 12:41:27 PM »
The 3rd annual Kansas City Juniors Open is October 10th at Fox Hill Elementary.   We have a bigger and better players pack this year with an event shirt and disc for a ridiculously low entry price.   We have some major sponsorship this year from Dynamic Disc.

We need some help distributing flyers at various courses to help spread the word. If you have access to the kiosk please contact me. Our goal is continue to grow the event and provide a fun day of disc golf. 


Beginners / Re: Disc Golf 101/outreach flyer and discs for kids
« on: September 01, 2015, 04:16:33 PM »
The PDGA used to have a "What is disc golf" colored flyer.  I would contact them and see what you can get.  They are great about sending out materials when it comes to youth activities. 

I thought DD has some loaner discs as well.

Kansas City Juniors Open will be Oct 10th at Fox Hill.  We are in the process now of working out some details.  I hope to have a flyer up in the next week or so.  This is our 3rd year for the event and we hope to continue to grow it. 

General Banter / Re: Independence Disc Golf Day - 10/25
« on: August 24, 2015, 06:13:56 PM »
Jordan is staying on top of this and has been very proactive.  There has been a lot of correspondence by email.

It definitely requires patience and often times takes several years to get the course/land approved, and then you are looking at several more years to clear the land and get it ready.

So....maybe we will have a course by 2020 ;D  But, Independence parks and rec will be receiving a great deal of park revenue  in next few years due to a park tax passing so money should not be an issue.

William Yates Elementary / Re: New fence at Yates
« on: August 13, 2015, 10:40:02 AM »
It was only a matter of time before the fences were coming.  All the Blue Springs schools  now have large fences keeping the natives caged.  It definitely looks  a lot different but student safety is more important than aesthetics of large institutionally looking fences.

There is a gate by hole 1 now and that does help compared to the old fence that did not have a gate. Overall i think they did a good job of adding gates in appropriately places-hole 1 has 2 gates, #3 has a gate, #5 has a gate to enter from long tee.  Safety of students comes first  and the dg course is only mildly affected and i am glad we still have it there. 

At this point, to have 18 holes through the woods, across creeks, up and down hills all an elementary school is still a great thing and will only help in the growth of our sport.  I am jealous that i do not get to use that course for  my PE classes at work.  My school has a 4 hole loop and the kids love it, but it is hard to beat playing in the woods like WYE  as a kid. 

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: moving some pins
« on: July 27, 2015, 09:04:57 PM »
 If anyone would like to help move the pins, i will meet you out there with my key.    I am unable to physically move them as i am on crutches for another 4 weeks. 

I can meet during the day or at night. 


General Banter / Re: Heard on the local radio this week
« on: June 15, 2015, 02:17:23 PM »
101.1-1% (CHIEFS)

I have 89.3 on all the time in my house.....I don't know who this Lazy is.

Great choice.  I usually tell folks those first two and they respond with a big "what, i have never heard of those stations".  I usually laugh and say that those are old people stations. They got some great music on both stations as well and when they do talk  it keeps your mind busy versus most disc jockey mush. 

Lakeside Hills / Re: 05-25-15 LAKESIDE HILLS MINI
« on: June 01, 2015, 12:46:15 PM »

So, I have been running the KCFDC league in Olathe for
7 years. One year I ran both SMP and Olathe. I have also ran
GLOW for 10 years. I am taking a break from running daylight
league. Starting tonight Cade will be handling the league
dutys. It's been fun. Come out to Bird tonight.

Thank Tom.  That is some serious commitment. 

Tournaments / Re: 2015 Disc Golf Day - May 30th @ Swope
« on: May 30, 2015, 02:44:46 PM »
Great job today KCFDC team and thank you to all involved.  The bounce house was a really cool addition for those of us brave enough to try to keep our kids entertained for 18 holes of golf. 

It was a first class event...thanks  KCFDC!

Liberty, MO - Stocksdale Park / Re: Course is perfect
« on: May 04, 2015, 12:37:28 PM »
i think there are some plans to get heavy machinery in there but the parks dept is waiting for it to really dry up.  maybe a loaner piece of equipment as well so there be some scheduling issues.

Found and Lost / Re: Dan Cashen
« on: April 24, 2015, 12:25:04 PM »
Let me guess... hole 2 BRC?     white rock"quit your job and play disc golf"?  Dan and I played BRC awhile back and i borrowed that disc and lost it on hole 2. 
Dan Cashen on these forums?  I cant seem to locate him.  Found a disc with his name but no number.  I see he has scores posted here so imagine heres here somewhere.  If not if anyone knows him message me so I can get him his disc back.  Thanks.

10 is in that location currently and 16 was installed as well.  16's basket has not moved into the new location yet.

My goal for grass OB delineation is to have areas of OB to be populated by bluestem sedgrebroom.  That variety of bluestem is found all over the park and is orange right now.  it also stays the same height and that makes disc hunting very easy.   so for casual play it works well and folks can see OB from great distances.

plus the orange fall color is amazing with the backdrop of green grass in fairways.  gives a golf course type feel.

thanks for the comments.  the park does read this page.  they were asking me about things that players were commenting  on  last Wed when we were out digging and planting some 45+ trees.

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Rock wash on hole 1
« on: April 03, 2015, 02:23:26 PM »
Nate Zier and myself met with the parks department on Monday.  Nate did an excellent job of representing the club and it was very beneficial having him thank you Nate.  The meeting went well and the parks department took many notes and we have an action plan set for several agenda items.  The tree barricade on 17 was removed on Wed and all broken/missing valve box lids will be replaced soon as well.

Other projects include moving a couple tee pads, one for a slight redesign and another for an improvement.  Also talks of adding a couple new pins as well in areas for redesign .  Work will not start until after Memorial day since new rec center is a high priority.  But... meeting went well and we hope to make some changes that will improve some holes. 

As we get closer i will coordinate with the park to have a work day to help aid the parks department in this process.

we planted  trees yesterday on the following holes
#1 -2 locations
#5 -1 location
#10-1 location
#17- 2 locations

they are just saplings but we planted 4-8 trees in a grouping.  they are spraying the grass to kill it off and then mulching a big area around the trees(10x10 foot area).

Most of the trees will likely not survive, but it is a start and when they come across some money for trees we now have some areas marked off with mulch to make the process easier.  There is also talk of planting some tall grasses in front of those locations as well. 

General Banter / Re: Belton Course
« 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 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.

Rosedale / Re: Rosedale Park closing this summer
« on: April 01, 2015, 03:24:23 PM »
Terrible.  I heard WYCO was being pulled for some soccer fields.

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