I joined the league after moving here from Chicago to get married (1999). I had been playing disc golf for about 20 years very loosely and when I visited KC, I was ALWAYS impressed with the courses and their presentation. I had played at that point probably about 200 places, and no where that I had been was near as nice as KC in their upkeep. Since living in Chicago really meant driving at least 20 miles (read almost an hour to get there) to play, I had set up an "urban disc golf course" of which we would hit Harpo Studios for hole #16 (Oprah). Well, although we had concrete pads, it really tore up the discs.
So when I got married, and got a job, I found Disc Golf World and asked how they look good. Rick was very helpful in explaining to me that there is a large local club (at the time over 100 active members) and in fact they are hosting the Am World's this year.
Now a little side note, I had played Olathe with the rubber buckets in the past, had seen Swope been remodeled from time to time already in my visits. I searched for WW the week after it went in, and ended up so far north of Parkville, that I still think St. Joe was closer...but I was in KC 3-4x/yr, and typically brought in a disc golf friend with me, and we loved it. Seeing that over the years (I did live in KC from 90-92) really helped to form an opinion that people matter.
I promised myself that I would help be a part of the group to build on a sport that I have an enjoyment level for. I asked Rick how to help, he said to join the club. I did, and I delved into areas that I felt I could help. I got
railroaded into joining excited to become part of the EC (Executive Board at the Time) and started to tun New Players League after Paul Eklund decided he didn't want to run it any longer (love that it is still going after all these years!).
Since then, the people that I have met, and have some of the best friendships over the time here has established that not only is it a good thing for the community, but it is a good thing for the psyche of ones own self. There are so many good people, and to see that growth over the past 12-13 years that I have been here is great (3 area places to play to now over 30 within 30 minutes).
That sense of pride, determination to make our city shine amongst so many others is a prideful item, and that is something that can only be done in groups of great people. Do we all get along, no, do all courses like the KCFDC and the membership, no. But we can all agree on is that the collectives of group, and the determination has helped to spur activity outward that allows to play more courses.
It does though have pains, as many are not aware of the need to have the membership work towards each of their courses, and develop pride to make yours the best. Everything comes at a price, and our price is time effort and energy. Joining the club shows that you are a giving person not only to the current time, but also to the past efforts that have helped to fuel the growth locally.
Kansas City Disc Golf Club works hard, and respects the sport, and the people that play it. We work with our municipalities at bringing in top tier events, and local events for everyone to enjoy.
For me the choice is simple. Be a part of something bigger than myself, and help where I can. It all started by realizing that KC is hands down about the best set of courses on this planet, and too many people have worked hard over the years to make it happen, and I want to help to keep it happening. I do so by joining the club.