i always try to step back and look at the big picture. when do i EVER pay to play? i could play every daylit minute without spending a dime. Some of the leagues are a few dollars etc, but for the majority of rounds, its free.
so now there is a $25 entry fee to compete with other players, with the possibility of getting some free schwag and possibly placing and winning some kind of prizes? questioning that seems ridiculous. Most of us pay more to fill our gastanks to get to these courses anymore.
the VALUE is in more than the fee goodie bag with a disc and some stickers in it. Its the time the TD puts in to organizing the event. Its in the local club that is sponsoring the event and keeping the local courses playable and FREE for you to play. its in the chance to better yourself, your game and socialize, meet some new people and have a great time. its a no-brainer to me.