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Old 09-11-2012, 09:05 PM
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what could be considered cons of building a disc golf course?

So we have a meeting with the council of our local borough in a few weeks. We are to present a idea of a new disc golf course to the area. What are some things that you could see come up as questions from people who are uninformed about disc golf. What are some things that would be of concern to these people? They already had a meeting and one person on the council was worried that we would need a clubhouse and have a manager to run it. So, that should give you an idea as to how uninformed they are about the sport.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:13 PM
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They might visualize fairways like the superhighways of golf rather than the walking path widths we use.

They might think hole lengths would fit how far they personally can throw a frisbee.

They might not realize dg can effectively use parts of parks unsuited for much else
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:17 PM
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:31 PM
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They might visualize fairways like the superhighways of golf rather than the walking path widths we use.

They might think hole lengths would fit how far they personally can throw a frisbee.

They might not realize dg can effectively use parts of parks unsuited for much else
+1 on this
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:39 PM
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City officials will probably be concerned about things like liability issues, drug use, and damage to park facilities (i.e.; cost). Imo the main thing is to make sure they (the city folk) understand that you realize that their concerns are valid. If you pooh-pooh what they say, they'll want to rain on your parade in retaliation. OTOH if you can create a team that you're both members of, it should be a lot easier to sell them on the idea of putting another course in the ground.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:44 PM
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If you plan on doing any volunteer maintenance, they may ask for proof of insurance.

If you plan on holding events where you collect/distribute cash, they will likely either take issue with it, or tell you what percentage they expect to receive.

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Old 09-11-2012, 09:51 PM
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Chris we put a course in our local borough (pop 5,000)
Some things that came up were neighbor complaints NIMBY, parking, who would play it, would it be an attraction for locals or was it just something for disc golfers from other areas to use, litter, drugs and alcohol, wildlife habitat, ......there was a lot of headaches getting it done and we had to make several concessions to make it work

But we got it done and the course has been both popular with locals and out of town disc golfers

I would suggest making the main layout a par 54 and add the tougher tees later so that the newer borough players play the shorter fun course and it becomes known as the course

those secret sick insane tee positions can gradually creep their way in as more players understand the game and as people who dont play the game grow more tolerant of it. Also there will be a bunch of first time players who are your allies as they are townies and will grow to love the course if its something they consider fun and not overwhelming.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:58 PM
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Someone will likely bring up that you're going to cut down all the trees and displace all the wildlife, seems to be a recurring theme in all the threads that pop up about communities complaining about disc golf.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:55 AM
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Exactly. The "wildlife habitat" seems to come up a lot.

And a version of NIMBY, in which residents near a park think of it as their own personal park. They don't want outsiders. They don't want more people, when they've had the park to themselves. Like all NIMBY, they have a point, to some degree.

You might counter with testimonials from other parks departments, which are happy with their courses. It would carry more weight than just testimonials from disc golfers who want a course.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:01 AM
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Common points against disc golf:

1. It ruins the natural beauty of the land, hurts the native foliage and animals.
2. discs flying around walking trials is a safety issue
3. The course will increase noise, litter, public drinking, and vandalism in and around the park
4. The cost to set up the course does not meet the benefits a course would provide
5. It would require far too much maintenence/lawn care.
6. It does not benefit as many people as a new soccer field or bike path would.
7. What is Disc Golf?
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