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K-State bans disc golf during daylight hours
« on: February 20, 2009, 11:53:11 PM »
Man this is disappointing.  I lived a block from campus for quite a while when I went to K-State.  I have very fond memories of playing the campus course.  It's not often that you can walk to a disc golf course on a whim.

K-State bans disc golf during daylight hours

Steven Miller

Published: Friday, February 20, 2009

At Thursday night's Student Governing Association meeting, Faculty Representative Bill Muir announced a new policy that limits the playing of disc golf on the K-State campus.

The policy officially bans the sport on the main campus from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and was prompted by university administrators' concerns.

"The policy is in response to thousands of dollars in damage to university buildings," Muir said.

According to the policy, "persons choosing to play disc golf on the university main campus may be asked by KSU Police to provide personal identification. Police can then determine whether the player is a repeat offender, or whether or not the player is responsible for 'campus damage or injury.'"

The issue was originally raised at a Dec. 5, 2008 Student Senate meeting after a woman was hit with a rogue frisbee and later suffered from serious nerve damage.

"As a point of information, the policy applies to disc golf only, not to people playing traditional frisbee," said Senate Vice Chair Emily Haug, junior in marketing and political science.

Violators of this policy could find themselves facing criminal charges for trespassing or be removed or banned from campus.

However, administrators said they do not mean to completely discourage this popular pastime. Haug discussed the possibility of constructing a disc golf course near the campus.

http://www.kstatecollegian.com/k-state_bans_disc_golf_during_daylight_hours-1.1487649
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Re: K-State bans disc golf during daylight hours
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2009, 09:05:42 AM »
I'm just playing devil's advocate here, but is this course in a highly traveled area?  This was the reason we had to pull a course in Fayetteville, Arkansas and move it.  I would understand why the university is concerned; while it's nice to have a disc golf course close, the primary concern of the university has to be the safety of the people on it's campus, and it is simply not sufficient to count on disc golfers being accurate with their throws, or counting on pedestrians to pay attention.

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Re: K-State bans disc golf during daylight hours
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2009, 01:10:23 PM »
From what I hear this course played right through campus. They had to pull the course at Southwestern in Winfield for a similar reason. I played that course once and was amazed that they had you throwing across a parking lot, along sidewalks and through grassy areas right between and in front of buildings on campus. I hit a truck in a parking lot with a fairly good shot. There was just no other route. If this course was anything like that one then they probably need to move it for safety reasons.
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Re: K-State bans disc golf during daylight hours
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2009, 02:05:24 PM »
was the disc literally a Rogue?
if so thats some bad pub for DGA. ha ha!
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Re: K-State bans disc golf during daylight hours
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2009, 01:27:34 PM »
The course has been there for years......
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Re: K-State bans disc golf during daylight hours
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2009, 01:34:54 PM »
Geeze, that's a lotta rules... Can't we just P-L-A-Y  ???
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Re: K-State bans disc golf during daylight hours
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2009, 01:38:50 PM »
This course seems like maybe it was intended to be played with toss and catch discs rather than golf discs. Maybe the course could survive if they restricted it to Super Class discs rather than golf discs. Less velocity more float and safer edges would result in less damage or injury if struck by one.

http://www.pdga.com/super-class

This seems impractical though. Most people wanting to play DG these days are going to want to use their golf discs and it would be difficult to police. It seems the sport has advanced to the point of making this course too dangerous to exist. Probably time to move it to a dedicated area.
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Re: K-State bans disc golf during daylight hours
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2009, 04:06:39 PM »
My nephew attends K-State, and I could swear that he mentioned the course was only for ultimate/play catch-style discs.