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Ben17 07-29-2010 04:36 PM

It should be free because if you have to pay then less people will start to play. One of the reasons i play is because its free

Thumber 07-29-2010 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Ben17 (Post 428693)
It should be free because if you have to pay then less people will start to play. One of the reasons i play is because its free

Nothing is free. If you aren't paying for the upkeep, infrastructure and management of the course, then the tax payer likely is.

Having public DG courses available is great for growing in terms of getting new people out. The illusion those new people get that the sport is free is a detriment in my opinion and makes it difficult to establish any sort of real credibility when attempting to negotiate with either municipal authorities or private interest.

Pay to play is the future of our sport.

bhuff 07-29-2010 05:20 PM

The only courses I have had to pay to play were courses you had to pay to get into the park aswell...Sucks they charge you to enter and to play but they gotta pay for maintanence some how.

NothinButChing 07-29-2010 05:24 PM

the times I have paid I have felt afterwards that it was totally worth it and will most likely continue to pay on such courses

BucketBonanza 07-29-2010 05:25 PM

There will always be free courses for noobs to take their teenie bopper girlfriends to. That way they can drink beer and burn herbs and walk real slow and vandalize stuff and hold each other up and give the sport a bad name. Then they can invite their friends to play too. In the meanwhile I will hopefully be on a pay to play course enjoying the fruits of my past free course labors. Not many around where I live though.

scarpfish 07-29-2010 05:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Ben17 (Post 428693)
It should be free because if you have to pay then less people will start to play. One of the reasons i play is because its free

Yeah, as we all know, when companies started bottling water and selling it for $1/bottle, people stopped drinking water. Oh wait.
:doh:

Anyways, here's a excellent example of what free gets you...

This is what Hole 14 on my home course looked like a year ago...
http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course...0743a486_m.jpg

This is what it looks like today...

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And no that's not neglect. The city INTENDS to let that grass grow until it looks like a natural prairie. I can't wait to be looking for my disc for a half hour in grass that used to be mowed.

There are plenty of other stories like this all over the country, and I'm sure there will be more.

Lesson to be learned here. You get what you don't pay for.

joegraham 07-29-2010 05:43 PM

I like the idea of pay to play for all the above reasons, and have played in the San Diego area: Morley Field, Sun Valley (on a golf course), Mission Trails (on a golf course), and Emerald Isle (on a golf course). I see the spectrum of courses like ball golf courses. There are cheap munis or Mom and Pops that beginners and kids go to hack, never fix a divot, never fix a pitch mark on a green, never rake a sand trap, and chew up the course. That's all fine and dandy for someone who doesn't give a sh!t, and the courses don't invest in maintanence. The better courses bring in better players, and the amenities, conditions, etiquete and the experience is better for all. I don't play munis anymore, and when I lived in San Diego, didn't play Morley when the other courses came in. (Now there are other courses built that are free there!!) Don't have to contend with the douchebags.

paulrothley@msn.com 07-29-2010 05:43 PM

NOTHING is FREE!!! Pay to play is the way, get used to it.

NDABRUSH 07-29-2010 05:54 PM

Drink beer, burn herbs and walk real slow. Now that's funny.

Grover 07-29-2010 06:28 PM

Not sure about your state, but I've lived in Georgia and Indiana and in both of those states, "free" basketball courts, baseball/softball diamonds and tennis courts exist. They suffer from neglect, experience vandalism, have to be cleared of trash, etc., just like disc golf courses.

And some folks pay to play at private clubs, which are a little nicer.

But none of those sports fret over their future based on one kind of facility erasing the other from the face of the earth...

IMO, BOTH kinds of courses are the future of disc golf.


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