Go Back   Disc Golf Course Review > General Disc Golf Discussions > General Disc Golf Chat

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 11-30-2018, 07:04 AM
UP Mountain Man's Avatar
UP Mountain Man UP Mountain Man is offline
Par Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: THE UP of Michigan
Years Playing: 8.2
Courses Played: 153
Throwing Style: RHBH
Posts: 227
Niced 479 Times in 81 Posts
Default Winter Rule: PLEASE Clear The Tee Pad, Or Don't Use The Tee Pad

Perhaps winter disc golfing is not the greatest invention since sliced bread? However, I've found it to be a much more enjoyable endeavor then the alternative, which is NOT disc golfing!

There's much to be said about the joys of winter disc golf...the serene peace and quiet, the solitude, the pristine beauty, the crisp clean air, the fresh tracks in the gorgeous winter wonderland. Even just being able to enjoy the great outdoors, during indoor season. How can any of this not be good for the soul?

Like anything else though, winter disc golf is not all rainbows and unicorns!!!

Other than the greatly increased potential for lost discs, I feel that the biggest downside to winter disc golfing is the potential for injury on slippery tee pads. I also feel that this dangerous situation could easily be avoided by simply implementing a common sense winter disc golf rule:

CLEAR THE TEE PAD, OR DON"T USE THE TEE PAD!!! Easy. Peasy.

Any and all tracks on the snow, on a concrete or rubber tee pad, will become an ice patch, firmly adhered to the concrete. Falling branches, animals, or humans, doesn't matter ...any track will become slippery, raised, ice patches on the tee pad.

When you throw off of a tee pad with snow on it, the next 100 players with shovels will not be able to undo the damage you've just done to that tee pad. This makes you an ....... and a .... Don't be an ....... and a ....

Myself, I carry a small, light, one piece, green composite shovel. My current one is going on it's third season. No metal edge, so it works great on rubber pads too. Even with my sweet azz shovel, I still run into tee pads that I cannot clear sufficiently to throw off of, without leaving permanent, dangerous, icy prints.

So then, I'll simply NOT use the pad, and just throw from the side of it, or in front on it.

Quick tip to anyone who does shovel tee pads ... make sure to clean a nice approach to the pad, to avoid tracking snow onto a clean pad. And clear a fair sized apron around the pad, so there's room to shovel all of the future snow. This will also insure that the snow you've already shoveled doesn't puddle onto the tee pad, when it does melt.

Please consider these suggestions the next time you go out and enjoy the magical joy and pristine beauty of winter disc golfing. That way, the next person can enjoy the same wonderful experience as you!

Thanks in advance :-)
Sponsored Links

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-30-2018, 07:51 AM
davetherocketguy's Avatar
davetherocketguy davetherocketguy is offline
* Ace Member *
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Southwest Michigan
Years Playing: 15.2
Courses Played: 86
Throwing Style: RHBH
Posts: 2,631
Niced 1,587 Times in 661 Posts
Default

Or you could just wear ice cleats because if the pads are icy the rest of the course is probably icy as well for the same reason.

Niced: (1)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-30-2018, 08:16 AM
JC17393 JC17393 is offline
* Ace Member *
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Years Playing: 21.8
Courses Played: 150
Throwing Style: LHBH
Posts: 7,735
Niced 3,535 Times in 1,481 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by davetherocketguy View Post
Or you could just wear ice cleats because if the pads are icy the rest of the course is probably icy as well for the same reason.
Not true. All it takes is one group of players trampling snow on the tee pad to cause it to ice up. But that one group isn't going to trample the whole course to the same degree. Maybe there are some icy footprints here and there but generally they should be avoidable.

I could understand first snow fall of the year being one where players don't bother to clear the tees before they play them out of ignorance or what have you. But as the winter goes on, and there's obvious evidence that someone has been shoveling the tees off, players that trample fresh snow on the pad instead of clearing it are lazy and inconsiderate.

Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-30-2018, 09:16 AM
paul2432 paul2432 is offline
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Years Playing: 40.4
Courses Played: 107
Posts: 35
Niced 35 Times in 11 Posts
Default

One thing I always preach is if people are going to clear tee-pads of snow, don't use rock salt! It will break down the concrete. Shovels - good; salt - bad.

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-30-2018, 09:38 AM
BuzzzChief's Avatar
BuzzzChief BuzzzChief is offline
Double Eagle Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: IL
Years Playing: 17.4
Courses Played: 86
Throwing Style: RHBH
Posts: 1,460
Niced 281 Times in 149 Posts
Default

Throwing from an icy death trap is part of the required skill set for a good winter disc golfer.

Niced: (2)
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-30-2018, 09:48 AM
UP Mountain Man's Avatar
UP Mountain Man UP Mountain Man is offline
Par Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: THE UP of Michigan
Years Playing: 8.2
Courses Played: 153
Throwing Style: RHBH
Posts: 227
Niced 479 Times in 81 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by davetherocketguy View Post
Or you could just wear ice cleats because if the pads are icy the rest of the course is probably icy as well for the same reason.
Great idea ... for the people that choose to not clear the pad, and choose to stay off of the pad, by playing from in front of, or off to the side of it. :-)

This just seem like simple common sense, and decent human being courtesy, to me.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-30-2018, 09:58 AM
notroman's Avatar
notroman notroman is offline
* Ace Member *
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Highland Park, IL
Years Playing: 19.4
Courses Played: 209
Throwing Style: RHBH
Posts: 4,684
Niced 305 Times in 162 Posts
Default

Yeah, I've had some sad moments in the past where I get out to a course in the morning to clear snow that fell overnight only to find that some group played an early morning round
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-30-2018, 10:00 AM
tbird888's Avatar
tbird888 tbird888 is offline
Salient Disc Test Team
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Blue Ash, OH
Years Playing: 14.6
Courses Played: 214
Throwing Style: LHBH
Posts: 16,533
Niced 1,378 Times in 704 Posts
Default

No one just works on standstill form?

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-30-2018, 10:04 AM
UP Mountain Man's Avatar
UP Mountain Man UP Mountain Man is offline
Par Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: THE UP of Michigan
Years Playing: 8.2
Courses Played: 153
Throwing Style: RHBH
Posts: 227
Niced 479 Times in 81 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by paul2432 View Post
One thing I always preach is if people are going to clear tee-pads of snow, don't use rock salt! It will break down the concrete. Shovels - good; salt - bad.
Agree! Not only rock salt, almost all commercial side walk and driveway ice removers will destroy concrete tee pads.

Sand is safe to sprinkle on an icy tee pad. However, it's not an ice remover, only a traction adding material. And sand is heavy to carry.

Wood ash is safe to sprinkle on icy tee pads, for traction. And the dark color will help with ice melting via solar power. Messy stuff though.

I'm going to look into beet juice, and other similar liquid options. I'm also going to try carrying a portable tee pad surface. A piece of carpet, a beach towel, maybe I'll stumble across the perfect solution and retire on Porta Paddy sales?
Reply With Quote
 

  #10  
Old 11-30-2018, 10:10 AM
Steve West Steve West is offline
Par Delusionary
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Years Playing: 45.4
Courses Played: 360
Posts: 4,930
Niced 1,644 Times in 808 Posts
Default

Any kind of ice melt chemical leaves a muddy, sticky, near-frozen gunk that is harder to clean off the pad than pure ice or snow.

Niced: (1)
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tee off beside slick tee pad? Peter S Rules Questions & Discussion 11 09-22-2015 04:43 PM
tee pad size and pad/pin ?'s neilransch Course Design 31 05-12-2013 11:01 AM
Next Tee Pad goosefraba1 Course Maint. & Equipment 37 12-10-2012 10:48 AM
using the tee pad bbails Technique & Strategy 24 09-22-2011 01:18 PM
i hate inaccurate tee pad signs, don't you? discordye Course Maint. & Equipment 40 11-04-2010 03:19 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:04 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.10
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.