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Billipo 01-06-2020 10:55 AM

Course loaner disc program
Anyone know of a course with a successful loaner disc program? I am contemplating pursuing at some of our local courses that have offices and/or store which could administer.

Interested in any feedback. thx

kenjiac 01-06-2020 12:36 PM

We leave beaters and old unclaimed discs at a kiosk at one of our courses and write free to use please return after the round on them. They sometimes disappear but they were beat or unclaimed anyway. We write in big sharpie on them so it's noticeable if someone took one and was using it as their own.

JuanA 01-06-2020 12:44 PM

They do the same as what kenjiac said at the course I play at lunch. There is a practice basket and picnic table at the first tee, and a bunch of beater discs with a big V sharpied on them. Sometimes I'll find one on the course, and drop it back off on my way out.

Not sure how many go missing, but there is always a handful under the picnic table. This is a disc only park though, and people are pretty cool about returning them.

BogeyNoMore 01-06-2020 12:46 PM

Yes. Technically, its a shop, not the course per se, but...

The Throw Shop (listed on DGCR's Shops page) is located on the same property as these two courses (store is a couple hundred feet from #1 Long tee):
Lakeshore DGC - The Ponds
Lakeshore DGC - The Woods

They have a decent selection of "tester" discs, often in recent or popular molds, that you can check out for a round.
I think you need to leave a driver's license as assurance you'll return the disc, but you can use anything in their "Tester" rack for a round.

Really a nice option to be able to "fly before you buy!"

Billipo 01-06-2020 01:10 PM

Great feedback.

One thing I forgot to mention. One course specifically asked about starting a loaner program. I figured if we had a plan there. I could use the same formula at other course.

chevis 01-06-2020 01:31 PM

never seen 'em used, but there is a rental option at the pay to play course here (3$): https://www.playcolumbiapark.com/disc-golf

Three Putt 01-06-2020 03:01 PM

The parks department here ordered a custom set of 50 Star Sidewinders and 50 Star Makos with a "Rental Disc" stamp on them; you had to leave your ID at the desk to check out a set. After three years they were down to eight Mako's and three Sidewinders; the rest were either stolen or legit lost by people on the course. 89 discs lost in three years is a pretty compelling argument against doing that; using random lost discs and writing "FREE" on them with a sharpie seems like a much better idea.

ILUVSMGS18 01-06-2020 04:06 PM

The local state college by me put in a 9 hole course and has had a kiosk with a collection of Discmania discs in it for more than half a year. When I was there last it was down to 8 and the kiosk holds at least 20. When I find them on the course (which is quite often), I do return them. It was down to 3 or 4 then I found 4 and successfully retrieved 3.

rocthecourse 01-06-2020 04:29 PM

I played a course that had a box of loaner discs. There were a couple of good discs and a few decent discs and some junk discs.

I thought it was a nice addition to the course. As an out-of-towner I borrowed a disc and used in on the holes with thick rough just in case. The one thing I would suggest is writing "Loaner Disc" in sharpie on the top and bottom, and which course it belongs to on the bottom.

Billipo 01-07-2020 02:14 PM

I will no doubt share the upside and downside of having a loaner program with the park.

I feel big push of park is to create opportunities for new players or introduce players to the sport. There is no immediate local club presence which makes promoting the course difficult.

The office does sell discs, but that is a hard sell to get someone to buy a "set" of discs just to try out disc golf.

For the curious, The course is Pymatuning State Park - Jamestown, PA. A Par 66 course 3 tee configurations.

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