I would very much love to see a highly technical additional course in SMP, however I feel that getting more small beginner friendly courses should be the clubs main focus. I love the technical courses but there is no way to get my fiance out to those courses. I have used Rosedale down under to introduce beginners to the game for years. I know I have seen lot of new players get discouraged when they play their first round and they consistently have to throw 6 time to get to the hole their host gets to in one or two. In my experience I also know most new players don't want to be seen teeing off the short tee as it has the stigma of the ladies tee in golf. I really saw this problem when I took a group from work for their first game to Prairie Center shortly after the recent course updates. I really do want to see a new A tier course at SMP and it hurts writing this but if I do not believe we should make any existing courses harder until we are able to populate the city with more short beginner level courses. I know of some people that I could get out to a 9 hole confidence building course that are scared to go out to the existing courses.
There is a sweet little nine holer at a school in Blue Valley off 164th and Antioch I think....?
It would be a really good introductory course for newbys.
The new stuff at PC is gradually softening up around the edges as well. Also, it's very easy to play 1-10, then 17 and 18 at PC, which keeps you from having to deal with holes that players like Hemme, Tank, and Emac appreciate most.
That is a great beginner course and it is now an 18 hole course but we need more to get new players. New players are not as likely to travel very far to play. To maintain growth of our community I think it makes sense make it easy to find an easier course to try out the game. Ten years ago the courses we had were fine for promoting growth but there were far fewer people that had heard of the game back then. Now that the disc golf community has matured a bit here the next logical demographic is not as enthusiastic about diving in full throttle. PC is where I took my company and it scared a number of them from the game. I am suggesting what I am because in my experience I have seen a lot of potential new players run off due to the difficulty of the courses around. I am not saying make existing courses easier. I am saying that we should put more focus on making the sport more attractive to a wider demographic so that we can afford to continue building increasingly sophisticated top level courses in the future.
I think this thread has been a great conversation to open. It has sparked a lot of conversation and differing opinions.