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Old 09-02-2017, 10:58 AM
JC17393 JC17393 is offline
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Hard to say exactly what the protocol is in terms of whether they should be there or not. Different parks treat things differently, but my guess would be that there are no official rules preventing them from running on the course like that. It's a public park that is presumably free to use for anyone, so it's not as though disc golfers have priority over runners or vice versa. You can't kick them out and they can't kick you out. The expectation is everyone shares the space.

As to what you as a disc golfer should do in a situation like this, I would at least try to initiate a conversation with the runners to make them aware of the disc golf course. Not necessarily to make them leave or stay away, but to make them aware of the course (if they aren't already) and perhaps talk them into running with the traffic when they are on the course. Better they walk/run fairways from tee to basket where they'll be coming up behind throwers rather than walking/running basket to tee and moving right into a disc to the forehead or something.

The biggest problem we face having courses in public parks is that a disc golf fairway doesn't stand out to a non-golfer the way, say, a baseball diamond or a soccer field does. If there's a baseball or soccer game going on, everyone recognizes what it is and stays off the field. Tougher for folks to do with our game. And even if someone recognizes a disc golf hole for what it is, their idea of the game probably involves regular frisbees that they don't think will hurt them if they are hit so they think nothing of strolling through anyway.

The only thing we can do is educate where we can and otherwise defer to other park users. We know what we're doing. They don't. Therefore if they get hurt by a disc, guess who's fault it is?
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