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Old 08-20-2014, 12:25 PM
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Default Do clubs remove baskets in winter?

My area (Calumet, MI) averages 240 inches of snow per winter. I have been speaking with my township supervisor who is interested in a DG course in the township.

Do clubs in areas that get heavy snow amounts (northern Minn, upper Mich, etc.) remove their baskets during the winter or do they leave them in year round?

If baskets are left in year round, what baskets are recommended?
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:47 PM
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Not all do but I'm sure some do. Most any professional basket should stand up to the elements.

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Old 08-20-2014, 12:49 PM
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We don't get the snow that your part of the country does. But it rains 8 months or so out of the year in the NW and my local course baskets have been standing out there full-time for years and years now.

Now, if you lived somewhere that NOBODY used the course all winter, I could see pulling them. But in the NW, you get pretty used to doing stuff in the cruddy. I assume that the same is true in the snowy states. But then again, maybe people just stay inside and keep warm.
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The biggest reason to pull baskets is to prevent damage to the course when the snow melts. When you turn the entire course into a slushy muddy mess and have people walking through you can tear up any grass that's surviving and speed up erosion a ton.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:49 PM
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Not all do but I'm sure some do. Most any professional basket should stand up to the elements.

This is pretty much how our winters look. While you could throw discs, you would never be able to find them in snow that is over 2 feet deep.

I don't envision the baskets being used in the winter, I'm just wondering if they would stand up to harsh winters.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:50 PM
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The baskets will be just fine, the course might or might not be depending on your ground cover and the amount of traffic it will get during the muddy spring thaw.
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The biggest reason to pull baskets is to prevent damage to the course when the snow melts. When you turn the entire course into a slushy muddy mess and have people walking through you can tear up any grass that's surviving and speed up erosion a ton.
ahhhh, I didn't think of that. Removing the baskets...remove the temptation to play.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:57 PM
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It's more common to pull them in the spring when playing on the mud can have too much impact on erosion and soil compaction.

I played Lizard Range last winter in the snow. One target is in kind of a pit which had filled with water to just over the top of the tray and frozen. I had to hang the disc in the chains to officially complete the hole.
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do clubs typically own the baskets? I could see a park system removing them but the club probably doesn't have the right. Was this the correct answer?
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