The club controls the course- where and when the baskets are placed, etc.
The person(s) who stole the basket are most likely discgolfers who play Rosedale regularly. They probably were thinking they were taking park property and the city would put another basket in right away. If the basket were replaced promptly then the thiefs' friends would think they want a basket too, no big deal the city has lots of money, and another basket would disappear.
Pete's decision to not replace the basket makes the thief look less like Robin Hood and more like the Scrooge in the eyes of his friends who may in turn tell him to put the basket back or maybe turn him in. At least this may discourage someone from considering taking a basket in the future.
Leagues generate money for the club, therefore they do take precedent over casual players, the majority of whom (at Rosedale) are not club members and have never contributed to the course in any way.
My point was missed. It appears that league players are granted special status. I feel that is not the way it should be
Bottom line - the only reason there is a discgolf course in KC is due directly to the efforts of the club. The parks department did not install the course and then the club came along to take advantage of it. Individuals in the club cleared the land, poured the pads, and installed the baskets- all after convincing the parks dept to let us use the land. As such, any club use of the course takes priority over casual players.