Most recently, while I was wading through knee high grass searching for another bad throw during the Paradise Diamond tourney, I looked across the lake to the Ball Golf course and had to admire their very neatly manicured green, beautiful green fairway and distinct lack of knee high grass. It was at that time, while I was noticing the third tick crawling up my "bag", that I thought what a pay to play course for DG could be like.
I think the major problem with this idea is that the economy sucks, and most Disc Golfers are hard working folks just trying to have some cheap fun and maybe get a little exercise. Taking what is now a cheap sport and making it pay to play would just rub salt in the wounds, and probably drive off a few individuals that make great contributions to the sport and our parks.
On the other side of the coin, think of it like using the Jackson County Lakes. Our taxes pay for the lakes, but to camp or to use the marinas you still have to buy a pass.
Right now P&R, be it KC, LS, Olathe, etc... owns the land/parks that the courses currently reside on. I'm sure they would love to go Pay to Play to generate more income, but I wonder how much of that would be returned to the parks. Up until this year, I have purchased a Jackson County lakes pass. I have watched the fees get higher and higher over the past few years, until this year when the fees got so outrageous (I'm sure glad they spent a small fortune to overhaul the county offices) that I did not purchase a lake pass.
The only way I see Pay to Play working is on privately owned and developed land, like many Ball Golf courses. In that regard, I can see a nice multi-sport complex with immaculate greens, disc shacks, maybe even a club house with a locker room and the whole 9 yards. The question is, would anyone pay for the "extras"?