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cmchavis 06-26-2012 02:02 PM

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Originally Posted by lcra0825 (Post 1475310)
I just got back from Michigan (I am from NY) and I played some really nice pay to play disc golf courses including Flip City. They charge a whopping 1 dollar to play those courses. I dont know how they generate revenue for upkeeping the courses but they were all in good shape

Someone posted here a few weeks ago that a tiny fraction of people that play Flip actually pay. While that doesn't surprise me, I find it extremely rude that you cannot put a buck in the box if you use Bill's property for a couple hours. If you've been to flip - it's not like you're going to end up there w/o knowing exactly where you are going and you're probably a fairly avid disc golfer if you know about Flip.

simpletwist 06-26-2012 02:50 PM

Honestly I think the wave of the near future is both. And I like it that way. There is a beautiful new technical 18 basket course nearby that's pay to play. Its only $5 to play a round or $8 all day. The course is ever evolving into a perfectly maintained, comfortable, and challenging course. And there are a dozen free public park courses around here. I frequent them all. I think/I hope more and more private courses come about. I miss the amenities of a good and reasonably priced ball golf course. And those are things I look forward to in pay to play. But I also like the free courses. They are starting to get pretty crowded these days. But I go early and mid week and I can have most courses virtually to myself.

I like the best of both worlds.

mackgeggie 06-26-2012 04:12 PM

Pay to play courses are awesome from my experience. Excellently kept grounds and usually a nice clubhouse of sorts

Razor 06-27-2012 01:00 PM

My son and I payed to play at Tupelo Bay last week while visiting Myrtle Beach. $10 for 2 rds of 9. 1st rd we each threw 2 discs and played each disc so we actually played 2 rds during that 1 round. Then we played a normal rd of 9. the course was well kept but not really a challenge, more of a pitch & putt course. we had to wait for ball golfers on several tees since they share tee pads. Overall I'd give it a 7.5 on a 1-10 scale. This is the only time I have ever payed to play.

Grungedude42 06-27-2012 01:53 PM

A clear owner and authority on the course helps settle disputes and matters of etiquette. I consider myself a rec player, but I caddied 9 years of my youth at a bluecollar private golf club. (The members built the clubhouse themselves. No pool, no tennis course, no 5 star kitchen. Member's money was spent making the nicest course possible.) I don't like playing a group with barefoot, shirtless guys with their underwear hanging out. I also don't care for dealing with random pedestrians and leashless dogs who can't leave a disc alone. It'd be nice to not worry about chuckers and newbies who wreck things and act like punks in general. I would gladly pay $5 for 18 holes of resonably well maintained holes and etiquette standards. If people want the sport to be recognized and respected in the public eye, pay to play is the future.
Free courses, on the other hand, absolutely must be promoted and developed as well. We will not continue to grow the sport without the easy access and exposure free courses provide. They should be 'learner's courses' which will not frustrate new players with deep rough and excessive water. They should provide enough challenge as to help new players develop the skills needed to not be intimidated by a more difficult pay to play course, but without as much risk of losing discs.
If you ever want to see a disc golf tourney on daytime major TV, we have to develop many Pebble Beach caliber courses. Courses with challenge, and views beautiful enough to hold the eye. Public park budgets won't get us there. Private courses might after many years of operation and development. Of course, the viewer would need to be able to appreciate a pro's shot. Much like watching ball golf, this requires the viewer to have personal experience and a frame of reference. You won't have that without free courses and cheap discs.

JLudlam 06-27-2012 01:57 PM

I've paid in the past, normally I don't mind. Courses are usually wonderful. However on a road trip to Canada, Bronte Creek Provincial Park was a little pricey. They charged by the carload and there were only two of us, and it was almost $20.

DiscGolfer947 06-27-2012 02:04 PM

As far as pay to play goes i'm perfectly fine with it as long as we don't turn into ball golf with $60 green fees for 9 holes. The two most expensive pay to plays (i know of) are Phantom Falls ($20) which is not bad at all because of the amazing course and you get the course completely to your self, etc. etc. and Selah Ranch (also $20) you get two of the best courses in the world for that cost.

SirRaph 06-27-2012 03:04 PM

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Originally Posted by cmchavis (Post 1475607)
Someone posted here a few weeks ago that a tiny fraction of people that play Flip actually pay. While that doesn't surprise me, I find it extremely rude that you cannot put a buck in the box if you use Bill's property for a couple hours. If you've been to flip - it's not like you're going to end up there w/o knowing exactly where you are going and you're probably a fairly avid disc golfer if you know about Flip.

I play Flip probably twice a year, and pay $20 every time. Same for the guys I bring.

I live near Lemon Lake, which charges $4 per person to enter the park as DGers. People complain about it all the time. And by people, I mean idiots. These same players who complain about having to pay a couple bucks to play a day of DG are also sometimes the same guys who buy CE plastic.

We're lucky as disc golfers that we rarely have to pay to play. The equipment needed to play even at the highest levels of the sport is tremendously inexpensive compared for virtually any other sport. Pony up, you cheap bitches.

Pwingles 06-27-2012 03:48 PM

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Originally Posted by SirRaph (Post 1477525)
I play Flip probably twice a year, and pay $20 every time. Same for the guys I bring.

I live near Lemon Lake, which charges $4 per person to enter the park as DGers. People complain about it all the time. And by people, I mean idiots. These same players who complain about having to pay a couple bucks to play a day of DG are also sometimes the same guys who buy CE plastic.

We're lucky as disc golfers that we rarely have to pay to play. The equipment needed to play even at the highest levels of the sport is tremendously inexpensive compared for virtually any other sport. Pony up, you cheap bitches.

Well said.

BennettUA 06-27-2012 05:25 PM

I empty my wallet when im done at a great private course. I always feel like im stealing from Flyboy, despite dropping at least a Benjamin. Holler in the Hills, Elk Mountain, Stoney Hill, and "the one which shan't be named outside Charlotte", I would be fine with a $20 greens fee, and STILL feel like im cheating them. So much work, plus aall the amenities a private course entails, and all the money im saving not playing ball golf :) .


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