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Old 04-15-2013, 11:48 AM
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I'd be willing to generalize that some of this behavior happens in the summer on a lot of metropolitan courses. For instance, Vance and Rockwood, and to some extent[despite a no-alcohol policy] at Pier in Portland. Also Ann Mo in Boise.
But I don't see it as DG's problem specifically---its a social problem that cuts across most casual public activities. Drunken softball games, outdoor concerts, riverside fishing and swimming spots, skate parks, you name it. I'd try to pin it on the 30-somethings and younger, but I've seen my share of 50 y.o. drunken Cletuses, and they can be the worst.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:57 AM
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I don't understand why DG (and other niche sports) often have a following or image portrayed by a few "losers" which ruin it for everyone.
I think you might be incorrect in saying it's only a few "losers". My experience is that there are far more profane, law breaking, indifferent to personal hygiene "losers" on the course than there are decently dressed, well spoken, rule abiding disc golfers. Of course the first group might be super friendly but the negative image is still re-enforced unless you get to know them.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:00 PM
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I'd be willing to generalize that some of this behavior happens in the summer on a lot of metropolitan courses. For instance, Vance and Rockwood, and to some extent[despite a no-alcohol policy] at Pier in Portland. Also Ann Mo in Boise.
But I don't see it as DG's problem specifically---its a social problem that cuts across most casual public activities. Drunken softball games, outdoor concerts, riverside fishing and swimming spots, skate parks, you name it. I'd try to pin it on the 30-somethings and younger, but I've seen my share of 50 y.o. drunken Cletuses, and they can be the worst.
I used to play softball for a church league. The games were at a public park. Plenty of guys were drinking beer and there was a lot of inappropriate language. These weren't just college kids but plenty of 30-40somethings.

People don't always act like saints in public no matter what they are doing.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:02 PM
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There are many disc golfers that are not fine representatives of the human race. Same goes for most hobbies and sports. Just use the experience to show your daughter examples of people and boys/men that she doesn't want to associate with. I travel a bunch, and play many courses. Most of the time the people I see or interact with on courses are friendly and courteous. Even if they look a little freaky at times. The drinking and smoking I've seen on courses is usually kept low key and hidden in the woods. I guess you just had bad timing. Isn't there a saying about not letting one rotten egg spoil the bunch, or something like that?
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:02 PM
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I think you might be incorrect in saying it's only a few "losers". My experience is that there are far more profane, law breaking, indifferent to personal hygiene "losers" on the course than there are decently dressed, well spoken, rule abiding disc golfers. Of course the first group might be super friendly but the negative image is still re-enforced unless you get to know them.
Maybe, but my experience is the opposite. I see far more reasonably well-mannered people on the courses Iplay than that kind of "loser". Well, except for the "well-dressed" part, as their play clothes hardly fit that description.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:04 PM
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I play disc golf so I don't have to be 'well dressed' and wear some pricey golf shirt. My dri-fit tees are comfy dammit!
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:06 PM
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Maybe another moral to this story is that what constitutes things like "well mannered" "decently dressed" and "loser" is in the eye of the beholder.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:09 PM
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There are many disc golfers that are not fine representatives of the human race. Same goes for most hobbies and sports.
I have had this conversation with various Park Department people and this is the response I have from all of them. They recognize that there are a few less than ideal citizens (and non-citizens) that are out on the disc golf courses, but they say it is a very similar slice of society that use other aspects of the parks they provide.

I'm sure there are anecdotes that would contradict this....for disc golf and for other activities too.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:12 PM
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But I don't see it as DG's problem specifically---its a social problem that cuts across most casual public activities. Drunken softball games, outdoor concerts, riverside fishing and swimming spots, skate parks, you name it.
In general I tend to agree with you, but I wanted to keep this in the political forum or sounding like that old guy that yells at kids playing on the sidewalk.

Just thought my daughters comment about me not fitting in with the folks she saw was interesting. I will say that there was a huge difference between the DG folks and the soccer families I spent the rest of the weekend with.

Does PDGA publish any demographics?

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Old 04-15-2013, 12:39 PM
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Disc golfers are overwhelmingly male, and a very high percentage are young. (18-30)

Young males have proven themselves to the be the cause of many of society's ills, not just in disc golf. Mix in alcohol, and other substances? Fuggedaboutit.
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