I am new to DG but play SMP about 3 times a week weather permitting, so I am very familiar with it. On days I dont DG, I am out there on my bike, so I know a lot of the rangers, police etc. That said, with all this rain and WIND, I havent been out there in about a week.
The issue with mowing that I see is that it is a NON DGers idea of how a DG course needs to be mowed. When they mow, which is whenever they mow the lawns in the park, they dont do wide enough swatch. Initially they were just doing a 12 foot wide swatch. I mentioned to them that this was too narrow, and the last time I was out there it was a 18 or so wide swatch. That still isn't really wide enough, especially on the long/open holes, but they just don't know what the deal is. I think that they think discs are just lobbed down the fairway 50 or 60 feet at a time with more precision than I generally see in players.
There are other holes such as #1 and #2 where the woods on either side are natural boundaries that you want to avoid. I think they should mow from side to side rather than just do a path down the middle. They should also mow most of the area where 6 and 7 now are. The downhill holes, 12, 14, 16 could be wider too, but I am wilder on those holes. The rest like 8-11 on top of the hill seem ok with the wider swatch - I just treat it like a hazard I want to stay out of.
Keep in mind they are new to what it takes to maintain it. As an example, the last time they mowed, they didn't mow #11 and instead just went from basket 10 to 11. With just little flags in the ground to mark the Tees and no experience mowing it is an understandable mistake. The guy on the mower cant find the Tees any easier than you can. I was going to mention it to them if they miss it again on the next mowing.
PERSONALLY, I suspect it MAY be that in addition to not knowing how/where discs fly, they are mowing narrow corridors because thats what they provided for in the maintenance budget. Again, they do not know what to expect and each additional 'pass' of the mower down the course is about 5+ miles.
They do listen to suggestions and cogent comments but scolding, lecturing or chastising them for being the 'wealthiest county' blah blah blah isnt going to influence anyone or get you any friends. A few weeks ago, just before they moved the 4th hole, I made 3 or 4 suggestions and within a week all but one was implemented. One involved the kite fliers and rocket launchers that use the 9th fairway. I think that will be somewhat of an ongoing problem - that part of the park has been used for that for YEARS before there was a course. What they did do, was to mow another section further off to the left for the kites and rockets, and thats where they all moved. They ARENT far enough out of the way, but they DID listen. The problem is that there isnt anyone giving them practical guidance.
As for the ticks and mites, I hate that too. But SMP isnt some little city park like Prairie Center where you play on the lawn, the DG course is in the midst of nature preserve. I doubt they are going to spray 5 Million square feet for bugs and poison ivy anytime soon. I have found that when I use bug spray and stay out of the woods with my throws, ticks and mites arent a problem.
What REALLY needs to happen is for some DG types to take the initiative and put together a cogent, concise list of what is wrong and walk them thru things. For instance technically, 9 is unusable if there are any kiters or rocketeers there as thay are inbounds betwixt the Tee and basket. I'd really hate to see that hole move, but it might have to, and it would be better now than when the Tees are in. Presumably someone in the DG community helped or was involved with planning the course, and know the names of whom to contact, and can explain the issues and maybe even show him how/where discs go when you throw them.
My experience over the years has been that they are very responsive when they are aware of a issue or problem.
edit: Sorry, meant to post this in the "How can we..." thread.