Remember, stealing baskets is only wrong if you do it in your own town. Road trip to STL!
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I used to be a flyfisherman, I fished all over and all the time. Now I only flyfish in remote areas with are hard to get to. The streams I used to fish have been overran with hoards of people both respectful and destructive. I can see waiting a long time to play and have all ready followed players that just threw their trash on the ground with a trash can near by.
DG has most often been compared to skateboarding as it pertains to its rise and its mainstreaming. Now, I'm not a skateboarding expert, but it seems like the equipment is probably comparably priced to what it used to be and there are still quite a number of free skate parks on public lands. There are probably also a number pay to skate parks, but those haven't replaced the free places, just added to them.
We will NEVER get to the point of ball golf, which is what I think you are afraid of. Ball golf was adopted by the aristocracy at a very early age. The wonderful part of the aristocracy is their utter unwillingness to change. Our game won't be co-opted by them and will always be a game of the common man. Any implication otherwise is lunacy.
Warning: Only a handful of people will benefit from disc golf growing into the mainstream. Overwhelming odds are that you, the reader, are not one of those people. Be careful what you wish for.
Everyone would benefit from disc golf growing into the mainstream. More people would know about it and likely play it, and we'd have more pull to get choice pieces of land to make incredible courses.
You don't have to be making money from the sport to benefit from more people knowing about it.
And, after all, shouldn't we be hoping that more people get to learn about the wondrous flight of a golf disc?
It's all a Loomis trap.
Why's Loomis playing golf today?
Just like Bradley Williams, "I play to take your money".
2010 Fly Ink Open Skins Match - Handshakes (Disc Golf)
Every single one of you should be playing open. There is nothing at stake here. Nothing to lose and everything to gain. Your game will only get better if you play above your present level. This isn't a sanctioned event, the cost isn't that much more, so kick yourself in the berries and move up. You may lose, hell you WILL lose, but losing in open is better than winning in advanced or intermediate. Do you really want to win a free buzz or boss? If you just want plastic, sh1t, I will give you some of mine. I've got plenty of unused, tournament win plastic I will give you. If ANY of you are planning on playing in AM worlds next year, you need to play OPEN NOW, to get the experience you will need to be successful. This is a good chance to play at a higher level.
Yes we do have some good course designers in town. We also have a ton of courses. Why on earth wouldn't we want to have a course designed by one of the premier architects currently in the game?
I for one am in the process of trying to get work for John in the area, here is my rationale.
Why not? Why not have a "Houck Designed" course right here in the metro area to compare our solid folks against? Why not have that to lure some people to the area that may want to just visit it as an attraction? Why not then understand that the diversity we bring in may enable us to get new ideas from him, or solidify the notion that we do know what we are doing with our lands that we play on?
Though not a large proponent of Texas, his accolades follow him, as such wouldn't we be silly to shoo him away because of favoritism?
I for one am very interested in not only having a course here but hopefully the chance to work and develop them with him and learn from the experiences that he has.
Even with all of our wonderful folks designing courses in the area, collectively we are still a small fraction of the courses that he has designed. You learn better tricks from the top pros to help your game, why not learn some new tricks from a top pro on the design side?
Well Frank was convinced he was never playing Golf again. I talked him into holing out after he received a warning from our group. So no measurable score reduction for him. I did however beat him that round and the next..