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Old 01-07-2020, 04:29 PM
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Pymatuning's a solid course with some opportunities for lost discs.

IIRC: Front 9 has some pretty high grass defining the fairways... the kinda stuff that makes finding shots that don't miss the fairway by much, a royal pain.

Back 9 is wooded with more legit "rough" and a water carry that's likey to claim a few.
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Old 01-07-2020, 04:47 PM
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Stealing loaner discs is one thing to think about... and we know it will happen.

With loaner discs, there’s probably not much motivation to look for them, either.... unless you have a deposit method of loaning them out.

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Old 01-07-2020, 05:27 PM
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I think the only deposit method that would work is cash. Leave a $20 for each disc borrowed...return the disc and get your money back.

I don't see ID working since keeping an ID for a legit lost disc would be though to prove and enforce.
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I know the course in Huntington Beach, Ca has loaner discs. I dont know the process though because Ive never needed them.
La Mirada used to have loaners too, but new pro shop mgmt has done away with it for now, afaik. It used to be a deposot situation, I believe.
I think a deposit could kinda be a bummer at any course with water, though.
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Stealing loaner discs is one thing to think about... and we know it will happen.

With loaner discs, there’s probably not much motivation to look for them, either.... unless you have a deposit method of loaning them out.
I can't even imagine establishing a loaner/rental program without taking a deposit sufficient to cover the cost of replacing a disc.
Lost disc = Lost deposit.

Can you think of any other rental where losing the thing you rented, or otherwise failing to return it cost you nada?

This allows such a program to self-sustaining, allowing more people to try it out.

I'm not even sure I'd bother taking DL's or other firms of ID. That's just an administrative hassle.

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I think the only deposit method that would work is cash. Leave a $20 for each disc borrowed...return the disc and get your money back.

I don't see ID working since keeping an ID for a legit lost disc would be though to prove and enforce.
Pretty sure you cannot keep a DL anyway. Charging someone 20 bucks for a legit lost disc does not sound like a way build business or grow the sport. I think you spend a little time collecting crappy used discs and mark them up to be UGLY. Losing some would have to be part of doing business. I mean if you lose 20 discs in a year, at 5 bucks a disc, is that the deal breaker for viability?
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Pretty sure you cannot keep a DL anyway. Charging someone 20 bucks for a legit lost disc does not sound like a way build business or grow the sport. I think you spend a little time collecting crappy used discs and mark them up to be UGLY. Losing some would have to be part of doing business. I mean if you lose 20 discs in a year, at 5 bucks a disc, is that the deal breaker for viability?
I don't suggest charging retail for a lost disc.
If the discs cost you $5 a piece, then $5 deposit.
If they cost the course $10/disc... then that's the deposit.

I wouldn't suggest buying above baseline plastic.

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one small 9 hole course had a toolbox drilled to the backside of the main pavilion and had "rentals" in there which had a box of about 15 discs ranged from newish premium plastic to beat lightening discs none had ugly ink on it however it was a very low traffic course in a very small town

other p2p courses have "rental" programs however i have never tried them cuz well i have my own discs

ive seen school gym classes or sober transitional housing or other organizations do the ugly ink trick and its usually a useful deterrent
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I can see the ugly markup trick helping to deter theft.
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How about making it self serve? Kinda like those free mini libraries that look like oversized mailboxes. Those are "take a book, leave a book". Yours could be "take a disc, return a disc". Instructions on the side could explain how the honor system works and a warning about bad karma for those who take without returning and good karma for those leaving extra discs. It could be a simple box with a door on a pole. If you put them at multiple courses, discs could be borrowed from one box and returned to a different one. You might have some theft, but it could be that more discs are donated than stolen.

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