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Grip N Rip 09-16-2013 01:23 PM

Pay to Play Courses
 
Does anyone frequent a pay to play course? What are the fees? (weekday, weekend) and what do you expect from a pay to play course? How was your experience(good or bad) How do you personally feel about a pay to play course?

DavidSauls 09-16-2013 01:37 PM

No. (Well, not exactly.)

But in my travels I've played a number of them. They were among the best courses and disc golf experiences I've had, and almost every one worth the cost. (The exception being courses on ball golf courses, which is not my cup of tea).

Broken Shoulder 09-16-2013 01:38 PM

Blue Ribbon Pines is my home course. $5 for a day pass, play as much as you want. A lot of the greens are wood-chipped, the grass is mowed, little to no trash, and the course is in great shape. They have a pro shop with discs for sale as well as snacks and beverages. I haven't played it in the winter yet, but I understand they clear the fairways all winter long and the course is always playable. They also have people that go into the swamps and creek and retrieve discs, which are then placed in Lost and Found in the Pro Shop. As an added bonus, in the middle of the course they have a shack where they will often have staff selling beverages, snacks and even grilling hot dogs.

Not every single pay-to-play will feature all of these amenities, and some may offer more, but the others I have played also offered a more manicured course and some of the other features. (Full disclosure, I've only played a handful.)

Considering what I've listed above, that $5 goes a loooooooong ways. Even if it is just better course maintenance and a deterrent to one-disc wonders throwing right at you while you're playing the hole, it's worth it to me. In the case of BRP, it's a family-run operation and that money goes to pay for all of those amenities. I'm happy to support that effort.

bradharris 09-16-2013 01:57 PM

I live in a bit of a DG dead zone, which means I have to travel quite a bit to get to courses (the two closes ones are about 30 mins away).

So when you consider the time and gas money invested into going to play, the cost of a round becomes largely insignificant. So in that sense, I don't tend to treat pay-to-play any differently than free courses. In essence, every course is pay-to-play for me.

ru4por 09-16-2013 02:02 PM

Our MetroPark courses,(Hudson Mills, Stony Creek, and Kensington) world class disc golf courses and parks, in my opinion, are PTP. I don't mind the two dollar (plus park entry) or 50 bucks a year. I do expect increased amenities or services though. To date, I cannot say I am happy with this end, though I do think more money has been directed to the courses. It is kind of tough to say, due to the outstanding club involvement at some of them. It is my understanding that the money collected here goes to the general fund, opposed to going directly back to the course. Other course around the state and country that are PTP seem to be worth it. They are usually better kept, patrolled, cleaned and frequented.

simpletwist 09-17-2013 09:17 AM

Pay to play is the wave of the future, or at least it should be. I frequent 1 P2P course, Hawk's Landing. Love it. And it has everything I would like to see in a course. First off and most important, I only see other disc golfers out there. No picnickers, no dog walkers, no vandals, no drunks, no hikers or folks out taking a stroll. In other words JUST DISC GOLFERS! And such peace of mind only costs $3 a round, or $5 all day.

And here's a list of the advantages besides just disc golfers in no particular order:

-Proper etiquette at all times.
-Scorecards
-Signs
-Fairway distance markers
-Places to sit
-No crowds
-Full service store on the premises
-Knowledgeable, friendly owners

davistd0 09-17-2013 09:38 AM

P2P courses are the norm in New England. There are VERY few free courses. The $$ courses are typically $5 a round or $8 to $10 for unlimited play.

filobedo 09-17-2013 10:41 AM

Pay to play and private courses are the best courses I have played on a whole. I have played Blue Ribbon Pines, Rollin' Ridge, IDGC courses, Winter Park, All Terrain, Trophy Lakes, Seewee Outpost and my favorite private course Stoney Hill. The only pay to play I have been disappointed in is in Surfside Beach, SC - Tupelo Bay (if you are in MB or Horry or Georgetown County play Socastee Rec Park instead. This course has the feel of a private course because the design is terrific and has par 3's and 4's).

stealthfalcon84 09-17-2013 11:35 AM

I've played a few p2p courses (Black Bear Creek, Sandy Point, Highbridge) and they were all great experiences. I agree with a lot of the other sentiments here that there is a different vibe to most private courses. I wouldn't call it more 'serious', but I love the feeling that the course is for disc golf and disc golf alone. I play a lot of public courses that are in parks and have overlap with the general public. That's just reality for those types of courses and I have nothing to complain about. Private courses eliminate that overlap and that's what I love about them. I do tend to expect the course to be properly maintained when I have to pay to play it, but that's about it. Any other amenities are just icing on the cake, IMO.

After building my own course at my camp property, I have a much bigger appreciation for all of the work that goes into maintaining a course. Mine is only on 3 acres of property and I spend more time on maintenance than I do playing the course. That being said, it has also set the bar for my expectation of private courses and being maintained. I like the fairways to look like fairways and the grass to be cut in places it's meant to be cut. I feel like my money is going toward the expenses involved in caretaking and if a private course looks dumpy and not maintained, the odds of me returning are very low.

HeavyCritters 09-17-2013 12:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by simpletwist (Post 2174275)
Pay to play is the wave of the future, or at least it should be. I frequent 1 P2P course, Hawk's Landing. Love it. And it has everything I would like to see in a course. First off and most important, I only see other disc golfers out there. No picnickers, no dog walkers, no vandals, no drunks, no hikers or folks out taking a stroll. In other words JUST DISC GOLFERS! And such peace of mind only costs $3 a round, or $5 all day.

And here's a list of the advantages besides just disc golfers in no particular order:

-Proper etiquette at all times.
-Scorecards
-Signs
-Fairway distance markers
-Places to sit
-No crowds
-Full service store on the premises
-Knowledgeable, friendly owners

I personally wish all moderately decent courses were Pay To Play for all of the reasons stated above. :hfive:


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