Originally Posted by simpletwist
And here's a list of the advantages besides just disc golfers in no particular order:
-Proper etiquette at all times.
-Fairway distance markers
-Places to sit
-Full service store on the premises
-Knowledgeable, friendly owners
As someone who not only frequents pay-to-play courses, but operates one as well, I do have to caution people that the two items I bolded can't always be assumed just because the course is pay-to-play.
Around here, everything's pay to play, thus if people are playing, they're paying to do it. Even the folks that aren't aware of or observant of proper etiquette. And on nice days, courses can get packed with family groups, groups of teens, groups of old people, etc that tend to clog things up just like at the public free courses.
Of course, even with that, you do get all of the other listed perks and then some. I've yet to pay to play at a course and regret spending the money. I've played plenty of free courses at parks where I regretted spending the time and gas to get there.