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Young Park - Blue Springs / Blue Springs Young Park Work Day Oct 31
« on: October 28, 2009, 03:30:37 pm »
We could really use some help with tree cutting and trimming.  The parks and rec have done an excellent job carving the holes out of thick overgrown woods.  Now is the time for disc golfers to put the final touches on the holes.  I will be out this Saturday, Oct 31 at 10 am and would love to have some help.  I have a hole by hole itinerary of what needs to be done.  I will also be out there working this Friday, Oct 30th at noon.   Please bring your own chainsaw. 

John Theiss

General Banter / Re: Blue Springs Disc Golf Park
« on: October 20, 2009, 11:00:08 am »
Bill, i wish i knew an exact date. however, projects of this magnitude take time.  the parks and rec have done a fantastic job out there.  they have been committed to this project and they have a people working on it everyday.  they do have some other major committments as well so they are spread thin.  one of the main skid workers was out of work for two months so that has stalled the project.  Mach V's powder coated "orange blaze" baskets have been ordered and should be arriving this week or next.  tee sign construction and design is being discussed now.  Tee pads are all installed.  the second pond was recently finished.  Bridge work is another issue and one bridge has the footings poured and finished.  the land will be tilled soon to help eradicate the ivy and then seeded.  i almost wish that they would push the project completion date back to the Spring and keep the ground/grass from being further disturbed.  I think the land looks amazing right now, however being the designer makes me biased.  the same group of  guys has been out there several different times and i appreciate their help and insight. they have seen the transformation.   i will be doing some cutting on Oct 30  at 12 if anyone is interested. 

William Yates Elementary / Re: New pin and tee box locations
« on: September 14, 2009, 08:53:12 am »
The new tee pads are finally installed on holes
17- across creek

I have a tee post for each hole labeled with the number

Found and Lost / Re: Lost bag
« on: August 28, 2009, 12:08:41 pm »
it is so easy and convient to leave your bag in your car.  you always want to have in case you get a break in the day and can sneek in a round or some throwing.  i make the same mistake and leave mine in my car often.  this is the second bag/car stolen recently.  folks should take note and remove their beloved and sacred plastic from their car.  i might have just jinxed myself!

William Yates Elementary / Re: New pin and tee box locations
« on: August 26, 2009, 09:47:05 am »
I just picked up the all the old flypads that belonged to the club. The club has donated these pads in order for me to have some longer tees.  i am very thankful to have these because i can change the course quickly without having  to do back breaking work.  The shorter tees will still remain, however, now players have the choice of throwing from longer distances ranging in the low to mid 200's on 5 more holes.  These old pads will be of great use at yates.  They are the perfect size for the course 5x 7.  i will be doing some dirt work tonight and should have a couple new pad locations very soon. 

These are the holes that will have the new tees first. 
#4-directly behind the curent box- just had maintanence brush hog it
 #8 -behind current box and this may become the best hole out there! great tunnel shot
 #11 directly behind the current box that i recently rebuilt- look for a tee sign  in the tree line
#13-tucked behind the big trees at the bottom of the hill on hole12, near the fence
#16 directly behind current box and is down the hill towards 15's tee- will be a blind shot

#17 needs more rock to build the rock bridge but is on  the list.  i need more rock/concrete debris to be dropped in the hole.  i am waiting for donations to be dumped into creek.  i have the culvert, i just need material to fill over the culverts for a walking bridge.

#18 will have a longer pad spray painted on the sidewalk behind the current pad. 

I want to thank the club for giving me the flypads to install at Yates.  Those old things sat around at Swope and were not being used and Yates will definately benefit from them. 

William Yates Elementary / Re: New pin and tee box locations
« on: July 27, 2009, 10:50:58 am »
Been trying to get several changes made and working like crazy out there. the rest of my summer free time is committed, but i got several things accomplished.  After WORLDS, the course will change even more when i install some fly pads.  Seventeen will have a longer tee pad on the other sidce of the creek, along with 16, 11, 8, 4, and 3.   These alternative tee pads will lengthen several holes in the 200+ range.  Don't be fooled, those 200+ holes are very technical.  I had a great deal of help on Sunday from Kent Turpin and his friend Jason.  Kent brought out a hot saw and we cut up a large old culvert.  I am going to use the pieces to build a bridge on 17 by dropping rock over the culverts.  we put the remaining 10 feet of culvert on 5's fairway by the new pin placement to encourage water to flow away from the fairway and to give the mower an access point to mow.  I wanted to mix up the pin locations at Yates since there will be increased foot traffic this week.  Hole 4 has a section behind the tee pad that was mowed out by maintence and it is just waiting for a fly pad and an additional tee post.

come check out Yates this week.  it is usually mowed pretty low unlike one of the other courses that is open this week.  Beware of the snapping turtle on hole 1's creek!  if you find it, you can have it and make you some turtle soup.

William Yates Elementary / Re: School rules and expectations
« on: June 29, 2009, 11:14:07 am »
i really appreciate any trash pick up.  thank you so much for doing that.  All it takes is the mowing crew to report excessive beer cans or some of the neighbors to complain and the course could get pulled.  The course is supposed to be a way to enhance the land, not detract from beauty with all the litter.  i do not get out much to play anywhere lately and i just can not always be the guy  responsible for trash pick up.  unfortunately, the location of the course will bring in some of Indep's finest citizens.  i am a product of Indep so i can talk some stuff on all the burned out, irresponsible, dip shi%#.  I am getting to the point where i might be the dic% head that starts calling the police on folks.  I have tried to be cool with folks but eventually you just want to bang some heads and if i did not teach in the district i probably would have by now.  

Legacy Park - Lee's Summit / Re: Stay Away
« on: June 25, 2009, 03:20:29 pm »
I can't blame them for not constantly tweaking the course with a golfer's mentality but the land is so rough my family and I don't even use it.  I've hiked mountain trails that were more family friendly.

Will, your post here is the exact reason why you have to commend Blue Springs P&R for grading out and discing up the whole course.  Of course lots of land will not be dug up, but they want the course to be family friendly.  Mowing seems to be the biggest issue we face in the warmer seasons.  Mowing is always going to be an issue with the parks, however, uneven, ankle breaking land is never fun.   

If the ivy ever gets under control at Young Park in the future, you will be able to enjoy the multiple pads  and smooth ground of  Young Park. However, i do foresee many ticks since it is very wooded and wet out there. 

who do we send the email to?   there are three or for folks listed on the page..

General Banter / Re: New Disc Golf Course in Blue Springs? Young Park
« on: June 19, 2009, 03:35:04 pm »
yaa, not paying so much attention there.  i suppose this summer school thing is starting to wear on me.  got to earn the extra bucks to pay for my wedding this summer.

General Banter / Re: New Disc Golf Course in Blue Springs? Young Park
« on: June 19, 2009, 03:11:33 pm »
i guess i need to get out and play and see what they have come up with jack.  i know they will want something that is kid/vandal proof.  Is the sign that Dick and Tracy consructed heavy duty and going to last for  the long haul?  i am assuming so, if it is $1000 for 18 which puts them at over $500 dollars a sign.  i have looked at Houck design but not requested a bid. that is really all could find in my very brief search.   they also want to get a rules sign.  Any decent rule signs out there that folks have seen and think are pretty cool?  The pe teacher at Lucy Franklin had his rules sign made and it looks pretty good.  i believe they are trying to budget for some sort of kiosk and maybe a shelter.  Shelter is a big maybe, but if we can save money here and there, we might be able to budget for more ammenities like benches which has been mentioned in passing. 

this is just my opinion, but i do not see it opening up until later in the Fall.  they are doing lots of dirt work right now.  they want the land to be super smooth and easy to mow and manage.  Sometime in the near future, they are going to start discing up the land trying to knock out the established ivy which is super thick and in your face nasty.  i am not sure about how  long that process will take place, but i do not see them reseeding until mid to late August, which is actually one of the best times to seed.   I envision them not wanting folks out there tromping around on grass that is trying to take hold.  it is better to get the project right and be patient. the course will have some really unique holes to KC.  i am working on getting an island hole approved that could be shared by two holes.  however, it has one really nasty risk reward water hole and  two other decent water holes in addition two tight technical shots.   you cant go wrong with two tee pads per hole.  That course will get plenty of play in due time.  Baskets have not been ordered yet, nor have signs.  i will be meeting with them soon about signs. ANYONE got sign recommendations?  i would like to know if what signs folks like that range from low to high in cost.  I would like to give the city plenty of options to free up money for benches and other ammenities.


William Yates Elementary / Re: Finally made it
« on: June 08, 2009, 11:08:01 am »
Thanks a lot.  That really means a lot to me when folks enjoy it.  That course is my baby and was a great deal of work.  However, i had much help.  And it was installed for under 5K.  Definately had some major donations and discounted supplies along the way. The best thing about building a course out of neglected public land is seeing all the new folk in the area that have discovered the game.  There is an eighth grader named Clinton who plays out there about every day and the kid is BAD. He is still raw and has so much to learn but he is addicted.   He broke his arm this summer and now he is beating up older guys out there left handed. So whatever folks say/criticize about the course, that is their opinion, but that little course is turning on so many folks to disc golf and it is always getting used.   

Bring someone out to Yates that has never played before.  Introduce new players on a course where they can have some success.  Yates is 15 minutes from east of downtown.  Please remember that alcohol is illegal on school property in Missouri. 

Shawnee Mission / Re: How does league night work at SMP?
« on: June 05, 2009, 03:14:37 pm »
if you play league several times a year, you might as well join.  it is cheaper that way, plus it goes to a good cuase.  you got to have money in order to keep these courses running.  our club puts a great deal of money into getting these coursed looking good.  all those tools and work days come at a price.   it is a no brainer.  Plus having a large member base helps legitimize our organization public relations wise.  It is awesome to go places and say that we are 200 strong or 300 strong. 

General Banter / Re: Blue Springs Young Park
« on: June 04, 2009, 12:38:01 pm »
The course is coming along well and most of the tee pads are in.   Due to lack of available space, putting the pads in early is not an issue.  You do not have an abundance of room with options.  The course will not be ready untill late summer or early Fall.  They have dedicated three employees on site until  the projects gets completed.  However, there is much work still to be done.  They are moving lots of dirt and are trying to get the land smoothed out in order for it to be mowable and for drainage concerns.  Then the next step will be to disc or till up all the land.  Then they will drop seed sometime in the late late summer early fall.  In the meantime, they are building a second pond.  Be patient.  I ran into some guys who were told that it was playable.  Baskets will not be in for three, four, five months. 

Their parks  dept has been superb to work with.  The course is looking great. 

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