One great aspect of disc golf is that it often includes opportunities for players to help make and maintain the sport they love so much. Volunteering and providing that help is a great feeling that is often rewarded with a healthy dose of good karma during your disc golf rounds!
Have you ever had a moment, while playing a round of disc golf, when you noticed something on the course that was lacking or simply out of place? Perhaps you’ve noticed some overgrown bushes clogging a trail, or maybe a small incline that tends to be slick or muddy during wet weather, or an unsightly fallen tree in the middle of a fairway. When you notice things like these, you might think “Somebody ought to trim those bushes and widen that trail”, or “Somebody ought to build some steps up that incline”, or “Somebody ought to come cut that tree up and clear the fairway”. Has it ever occurred to you that that someone could be you, the disc golfer? Well, it most certainly can be!
Course Maintenance and Workdays
A general assumption is that the city takes care of the course– if it looks good, the city made it look good, if it looks bad, it’s because the city needs to come out there and do this or that –well, that simply isn’t the case most of the time. Generally speaking, all the city does once a course is installed is mow the grass, and they usually don’t even do that often enough, nor are they able to get to all of the areas that need mowing. Most everything else is done by, again, local volunteers from the disc golf community. This would include trimming trees and removal of fallen limbs, cutting out honeysuckle bushes and other fast-growing brush, removal of dumped trash and ground litter, emptying of trash cans, and detailed mowing and weed-eating around greens, tee pads, and on the trails of wooded holes, On occasion, course maintenance can also include modifying holes by installing alternate tee pads and alternate basket settings.
If you are interested in joining the effort to keep your favorite course maintained, take the initiative to correct small problems on your own, such as picking up litter, or dragging fallen limbs off to the side of the fairway. Also, pay attention to our events calendar and DISCussion board for postings about organized workdays. If you see a workday posted, make plans to be there and try to convince a buddy to join you! Lunch and water is almost always provided by the KCFDC, and when the day is done, it’s a tremendous feeling to stand back and look at all you’ve helped accomplish. Whether it’s that trail that was trimmed and widened, or that muddy incline that now has stairs, or that fallen log that you helped cut up and clear from the fairway, it all makes a huge, noticeable difference to those who frequent the course. Not only that, but when out-of-towners visit the course, it leaves a positive impression for them to share with the disc golfers back in their home town.
Best of all, you’ll have the distinct feeling of pride that comes from being part of the solution and part of a good cause.So, next time you’re out on the course and you notice something that needs attention, take the initiative! If it’s a small item, try to tackle it yourself or with the help of the folks you’re playing with. If it’s a larger item that might take some time and manpower to accomplish, make a mental note and then post about it on the KCFDC DISCussion board. That way, it can be added to the list of items to be tended to at the next organized workday. Disc golf course maintenance starts and ends with you, the local disc golfer.
We need as much help as possible so we can to continue to make Kansas City Disc Golf events some of the best anywhere. If everyone helps a little, then the handful of people who make these events possible will not have to work as hard.
Here are a few ways you might be able to help with an upcoming event.
1. Be a sponsor. At a minimum, buy a fundraising disc with the KCWO logo on it. Or for the larger events consider buying an ad in the program , a tee sign , or if you want to spend more, there are other options.
2. Find a sponsor. Maybe you own a company or know of a company that might be interested in sponsorship. Sponsoring a disc golf event is a great way to show your pride in Kansas City Disc Golf.
3. Clean up the courses. When workdays are scheduled to spruce up the courses for our out-of-town visitors, please do your share. You can always help at any time by picking up trash and deadwood, and checking with the course coordinator about other things that need to be done.
4. Not playing? Then, how about staffing? If you can help staff the event full or part time, please call at once. We’ll need people to check scorecards, post scores, put up and take down banners, keep water on the courses, move baskets, spot, etc.
5. Be great hosts and great sports people. The KCFDC is the host of the Kansas City Wide Open. each of us should go out of our way to make each visitor’s trip to KC as pleasant as possible. For players, staff, and spectators, this also includes being knowledgeable about the rules and etiquette of tournament play, and for players, consummate professional behavior at all times.