Before we hit up this week’s poll, we need to look back at last week’s edition.
This one as quite interesting, to say the least.
That, to me, is interesting. Mainly because it does cost something, at times, to keep things right at a nice park. Even if it’s just the mowing or making sure things are cleaned up/cleared out. Someone has to foot some sort of bill.
The numbers were interesting. Please remember that we allowed each voter to pick upwards of two choices. We had 175 voters.
The top choice received 111 votes — pristine maintained course. That was 63 percent of the vote! It was closely followed by on-site facilities (93 votes/53 percent). In third was disc-golf only course (39 votes/22 percent) and, in fourth, was those who will only play free courses (17 votes/10 percent). Tee times took fifth with 12 votes (7 percent).
So for those who would pay to play, we wanted to know what you would expect to see…
Derek O’Neil gave some interesting thoughts:
For optimal value I would like to see more than 18 holes, something along the line of 28-36 for multiple course configurations. Or Multiple basket locations so that the course could be completely changed up by day of the week, by week or month. Having a course with versatility will keep me coming back to pay or have a yearly membership.
That seems like it would be a wonderful option. So showing up on Tuesday might mean the “Blue tees/red basket” is the course layout for the day. I don’t think you could allow people to do whatever because it could become a hamper, but the idea that the course could change each day would be a draw, for sure.
Corey Peschke noted some of the above items as well and also said:
Also important, in my opinion, would be a fee to play all day instead of per round. I would want to come out in the morning, play a round, have some lunch and take a break, then play another round.
I can’t disagree with that one bit. It would be nice to plan a day at a place like this, pay a flat fee and call it good.
A nice, clean course with signs and facilities – sure, that takes work and money to create, so I’ll be willing to pay for it and support that local business.
Agreed. Nice and simple. I like it.
I am one of those who would much rather buy myself a cool new disc, or bag, or shoes, than pay to play a course. I’ve played in 8 states over my travels so far at 30 or so courses, and one of the things I look to is whether or not I have to pay. There is a course 20 minutes from my parents that I won’t play because of the fact. All that said, I can’t begin to imagine what it would take to get me to pay to play on a course.
Personally, I don’t shy away from a good course if it’s pay. I think we, as disc golfers, are a bit spoiled by courses being free. If this sport grows and grows, I think free courses will start to slowly disappear. Look at ball golf. Ever played a free course? I haven’t. If municipalities and those in the private sector can eventually find a way to make a few bucks on courses, they will.
Baker Helton said:
I would enjoy features such as pro shops and carts for championship level courses! I think pay to play and nicer courses with features like carts and pro shops will help people take disc golf more seriously!
This is interesting because several people noted carts. Personally, I don’t want to see carts become part of disc golf. Part of the draw this sport had for me was the fact that you got out, moved around and played the game. If it becomes more like ball golf, where people tote a six-pack on the cart and flip discs and take extra time, my disc golf bag will end up next to my golf clubs and be rarely used. If carts are what are needed for people to take this sport seriously, then I hope it doesn’t get taken seriously.
Alex Johnson says:
I’ve played a handful of p2p courses throughout the country and the overriding element that makes them worthwhile and special is when the only activity on the property is disc golf. The enjoyment of playing a round in a setting void of bike riders, walking pedestrians, cars, people having a picnic in a fairway etc. is paramount. When you can escape to the course and play a round in a beautiful setting where cig butts, and trash aren’t present on every hole it kicks the experience up another notch.
This is spot-on, I think, Alex. Well said.
Doug Walters said:
Unlike many of those who have posted, I have played a few PTP courses, and I have to be honest, I prefer to pay a reasonable fee. In my experience, the return on investment is substantial. … Even for quality courses in public parks, it is a positive, as long as the funds are put back into the course. Courses can be upgraded much more readily and erosion control can help maintain courses that often suffer from heavy traffic. Another bonus for me is that PTP helps weed out some of the more disrespectful and destructive players and groups.
I don’t think all or even most courses should go PTP, but for well-designed, quality courses, it is a way to maintain and improve upon the experience.
These are some great points, Doug. Thanks for the thoughtful insights!
This week was a good poll for sure. And there are some good, thought-provoking ideas. Nicely done, people!
Also, as always, we like to give something random away to those who comment on the weekly poll. This week’s Randomizer selection is Steve Petrik. Send me an address as well so I can get something from the prize box out to you!
And now to this week’s poll…
We want to know how many people you’ve introduced to disc golf. In the comments section, let us know how you’ve done it as well. Maybe we can all get some ideas on introducing others to the sport!
Vote away and let us know in the comments what you think and we’ll, as always, give something away to a random commenter. You can’t win if you don’t comment here. (In other words, comments on Facebook or other places where this poll might be linked won’t count… it has to be here).
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