By P.J. Harmer — RattlingChains.com Staff
Sometimes, it’s not the most simple of tasks to get an area interested in disc golf.
For more than two years, a few people — spearheaded by one person — have been trying to get a disc golf course at a local park. Though originally accepted with open arms, it’s recently battled red tape and silly “roadblocks” in the quest to get the course in the ground.
The worst part of it is that we’ve already raised a whole heap of money.
Alas, until the red tape can be cut, we’re stuck. The area is ripe for this game, too. There are a lot of younger athletes who have shown interest in the game. And once a few of them got involved, we have no doubt it would continue to grow.
Especially with having a good course at a nice park. Even if it had to start out as a 9-hole course with a couple of tee pads on each hole, it would be good.
In the hopes of spreading the word in our area, we — as a site and as a small group of people — got involved with a local event held by the Oneonta World of Learning. The idea was to set up a small temp course and allow people to try disc golf and see what it was all about.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature rained on our parade. Or at least threatened. With thunderstorms in the forecast, the event was moved from a local park to the area Boys and Girls Club.
Originally, we were going to be in one of the gyms. Instead, we went outside to a side lawn and set up a small three-hole course. We had signs inside saying we were outside and the DJ announced things we were doing.
It didn’t go as well as we hoped.
Despite hundreds of people attending the event, only a handful seemed to come out and check things out. We tried to fish a few people in as they walked by from the parking lot, but we got the “maybe on the way back” type of response.
They were there for the free ice cream.
Alas, the people we did get to come check things out seemed interested. Some younger kids and families enjoyed it. They were interested in knowing attempts were being made to bring a course to the town. A few high school-age kids also tried it out and seemed to enjoy it.
In the end, if we got a few families and teens interested, then it was well worth it. Any way to build the game is a good thing.
For the record, we went par-3 on each hole, so it was a par-9 course. The first time around, Dave scored an 8 for the course record. I followed with a 7. Chuck did the same in the next round. Our co-record stood. I may never get a course record again, so I’ll take it!
Hopefully, we’ll have the chance to do this again and draw more people. These are the little things that I believe will help continue to grow the sport. We can hope, anyway.
P.J. Harmer is the lead blogger for Rattling Chains. E-mail him at: pj [at] rattlingchains.com.