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Old 03-29-2021, 08:55 PM
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At Oregon Park league in 2014/5 used to have maybe 30/40 people any given night and on the few occasions I played glow more like 15/20. One time I played and there were 7 of us.

All this winter glow league was at least 46 players and the highest was over 80. And that was for glow dubs on a weeknight.

Most tournaments around here are selling out in less than 48 hours and recently it’s been more like 2-3 minutes. One at little mulberry sold out in something like 90 seconds for 50ish spots.

We’ve been out there playing for years and the sport has grown like crazy around us...
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Old 03-29-2021, 09:08 PM
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I was playing in a little tournament last year and ran into a bizarre newbie scenario. The course wasn't closed because the event only took up not even half the course, probably 6 holes. Shotgun morning round start on the weekend. When we got to hole 6 this lady comes strolling down with three kids about 10-12 y/o, each had one disc and she didn't have any. She asked where hole 7 was.

I'm just thinking what the heck he she doing out here? She goes to the tee in front of us and starts playing because the tourney group in front of us let them in. Maybe they felt sorry for her that she had no clue to start on hole 1? It was a slow round.

Take the kids to a park lady, not the toughest course in the state on a weekend and start on hole 7.

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Old 03-29-2021, 09:43 PM
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At Oregon Park league in 2014/5 used to have maybe 30/40 people any given night and on the few occasions I played glow more like 15/20. One time I played and there were 7 of us.

All this winter glow league was at least 46 players and the highest was over 80. And that was for glow dubs on a weeknight.

Most tournaments around here are selling out in less than 48 hours and recently it’s been more like 2-3 minutes. One at little mulberry sold out in something like 90 seconds for 50ish spots.

We’ve been out there playing for years and the sport has grown like crazy around us...
2 years ago at ERP Monday night league 20 was a big night, last year 30 was big, this year we opened with 44, then 52, then 61. I won’t even consider Oregon unless it’s an 8am round or middle of the day on a weekday. It’s full of 10somes on weekends now.

We’re at this point of growth where the infrastructure is probably going to lag for a few years. Hopefully more courses pop up to meet demand.
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Old 03-29-2021, 09:53 PM
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2 years ago at ERP Monday night league 20 was a big night, last year 30 was big, this year we opened with 44, then 52, then 61. I won’t even consider Oregon unless it’s an 8am round or middle of the day on a weekday. It’s full of 10somes on weekends now.

We’re at this point of growth where the infrastructure is probably going to lag for a few years. Hopefully more courses pop up to meet demand.
Yes, I hope that is the case Oregon is getting overrun and erosion was already becoming a big issue there.

The new course in Cartersville at Deerfield will take a tiny amount of pressure off, but we need another legit 18 holes in Cobb County. Frog Rock is the only other public 18 and they are far enough apart that it doesn’t take much pressure off.

I think the area in between the Pinter Rd dog park and RC plane runway would be a good spot if it could be cleared with the county.
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Whenever I go to play for the last several years it has always been early mornings unless the course is remote (Highbridge). Played last weekend at 8am, there were maybe 4 cars in the lot. After 18 holes, maybe an hour and a half later easily over 25 cars that were in the DG lot and a bunch more in a location that is easily accessed by the people jumping in mid course.

Grow the sport is happening...

I would prefer it to be grow the courses...

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I sometimes go to this little park with a niner in the St.Louis 'burbs; it's been there for 25 years and never, ever is busy. There is this little ace run shot that I came up 30' short on and it ticked me off, so I decided I was going to rage-unload my bag at it. After a handful of also short drives I saw a group walking down so I picked up my discs and went to chill by the pond with the ducks and let them play through.

I was chillin' with the ducks for 25 minutes. There was just waves of groups behind them, mostly families from the looks of it. Lots of women, lots of kids. Other than back in the day when we used to play tournaments out there I've never seen that many disc golfers on that course. I had to give up on throwing the bag and just duck back in and finish my round.

It was the first really nice weather weekend day and it's just anecdotal, but at some point I texted my wife that I miss my old weirdo niche sport.

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Old 03-30-2021, 12:51 AM
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No one showed up to help with coursework yesterday. Definitely not growing what needs to be grown...

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That's one way to thin out the crowds. Post signs, announcing a workday.

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This is a familiar lament. I'm sure you can find similar threads almost every year, going back to the start of this site; and I heard cries that the courses are more crowded than ever, for a decade or more before this site began.

And, of course, it's always been true, back to when we were used to having a course to ourselves, and would sometimes find 2 or 3 other groups on it at the same time. Player growth has always exceeded course growth.

But at least the nuisance of crowded courses has bought us a much bigger selection of courses to play. I doubt we'd have seen the boom in public and private courses, without the players.

I inevitably wonder: at what point in the past, do we wish the gates had closed? If the guys complaining about growth in 2003 had had their way and halted it, would we be happier with the disc golf landscape, today?

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Old 03-30-2021, 07:38 AM
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This is a familiar lament. I'm sure you can find similar threads almost every year, going back to the start of this site; and I heard cries that the courses are more crowded than ever, for a decade or more before this site began.

And, of course, it's always been true, back to when we were used to having a course to ourselves, and would sometimes find 2 or 3 other groups on it at the same time. Player growth has always exceeded course growth.

But at least the nuisance of crowded courses has bought us a much bigger selection of courses to play. I doubt we'd have seen the boom in public and private courses, without the players.

I inevitably wonder: at what point in the past, do we wish the gates had closed? If the guys complaining about growth in 2003 had had their way and halted it, would we be happier with the disc golf landscape, today?
It is annoying from a "I can't empty my bag every hole" and I can't crank out a round on a tournament quality course in an hour and fifteen minutes any more" perspective.

….but it is also worrisome from a safety perspective of people getting hit by discs and from a vandalism/littering/theft perspective.
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