In honor of independence, freedom, and Murican rights
I thought it would be good timing to introduce a subject that I don't hear much talk about in these here parts....PAY TO PLAY.
In my limited travels to play dg (only played in 11 states, 81 courses) I have encountered nearly a dozen courses that were pay to play. One thing seems to stand out as I play these courses...they are NICE. Always trimmed/mowed, trash free, ivy/oak/sumac are under control, great tees/baskets/signs, most had some form of small disc shack where you could purchase your day pass/drinks/discs, landscaping and hardscaping features that bring beauty/function/challenge into play, little vandalism that I've noticed, ability to track who plays, accountability because of the ability to track who goes in and out of courses, and the list could probably go on.
I'll cut to the chase. I love KC. This is my hometown and I take great great pride in what some would consider one of the better metro areas in the entire country for dg. However, I am genuinely concerned that our system for advancing and maintaining our courses is falling behind the times. While you will be hard pressed to find a more engaged and motivated club in the entire country, I am wondering if perhaps a new system could leverage all of this dedicated club member energy and hard work ethic (as well as our partnerships with multiple townships) to help take our courses to the next level. IMHO, and it pains me to say this, our courses (both old and new) need help, and we are quickly falling behind other metro areas around the country. I'm not talking about the kind of help that says "Let's have a work day" or "everyone do their part and pick up trash as you play". I'm talking about help in the form of a pay to play system and all that this could do for the maintenance and upgrades that our courses desperately need. As an example, I recently traveled to the Twin Cities and I was extremely impressed with every single course that was pay to play (which was 7 courses that I personally played). The level of detail from cleanliness, upgrades, aesthetics, facilities, course grooming etc. was truly impressive and I found myself being jealous (not in a bad way, but in a way that made me really want this level of excellence and professional appearance in my hometown). With this level of (all the attributes I listed above) applied to the incredible courses we have in KC we would have THE BEST COURSES of any metro area...hands down. For those of you who have played Bryant Lake and Blue Ribbon Pines in Mpls., could you imagine that level of detail and attention applied to Water Works? Absolutely makes WW's a top 5 course in the country without debate (and if people debate that I'll take their knees out). Or what about Kessler, Wyco, Legacy, and the list could include many of our outstanding courses in KC?
So, without rambling on and on, I just wanted to throw out some of my initial thoughts to perhaps give legs to what I feel is an important forward thinking question...Can KC (especially some of our crowning jewels) become pay to play? What barriers need to be overcome to bring a level of excellence to our courses that rivals, wait, BLOWS AWAY every metro area in the country? We are blessed with a great dg community as well as geological topography that is a gift from God (if you believe in one
), now, how can we make this hands down the best disc golf metro area no questions asked!
Please allow me to reiterate, this conversation has nothing to do with the past (because quite frankly, our dg community has an incredible storied past that takes us back to the pioneer days of the sport) but instead, it has to do with a deliberate executable system that enables our great dg club and board to elevate our courses into the top tier of courses in the world...once again.
Thank you for any discussion/opinions that you may have. Happy 4th of July to everyone!!!