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Old 05-17-2019, 07:25 AM
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Why would they change one of the most iconic holes in disc golf.
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:32 AM
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Why would they change one of the most iconic holes in disc golf.
Safety.

The old pin placement always put the parking lot in the firing line. I'm shocked it lasted as long as it did without the park itself stepping in. I suppose that on normal days, the parking lot isn't as busy as it likely is on a tournament day, but still, it's always been a dangerous situation.

The PDGA has an article up about the changes to Dela and the reasons behind them.
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I can see the safety reason. . but why move it THAT much?!
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:04 AM
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Thanks for the info, JC. It's certainly a bummer, but if it was that dangerous, then it's understable.
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Thanks for the info, JC. It's certainly a bummer, but if it was that dangerous, then it's understable.
You mean "less stable".

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Is there any live coverage of Masters Cup @ DeLa this weekend?
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Safety as a consideration is a no-brainer. Erosion has closed and forced entire courses to move around here.

I am not a fan of starting the tournament on hole 25 though. Done to make the course an easier physical challenge? Really? We have extensive conversations on this site about how pro play is outpacing the challenge of courses. How -18 is an outrageous number, how courses need to be longer, how golf course play has started to gain traction on tour to increase difficulty, how the use of roped OB is used to increase the challenge.

I find it ironic that many then clamor for better catching baskets and now provide a path to playing tough elevation holes early in a round, to give pros a better chance, when they are fresh.

I honestly found that part of the challenge and reputation of DeLa was the brutal finish. In fact, I might go as far to say it is one of the signature feature of this course.

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I can see the safety reason. . but why move it THAT much?!
Because that's how far they needed to move it to solve the safety issue? There are three pin placements on the hole to begin with. I imagine they're simply using the shortest of those which removes the parking lot from danger.

Just look at the description of the hole from the DeLaveaga website and alarm bells should go off: "Errant throws from Top of the World are common, and it is important for safety reasons to call out “fore” and the number of the hole (or parking lot) the errant throw is going toward. When you play 27."

It really is a miracle this hole still exists at all, history or not.

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Is there any live coverage of Masters Cup @ DeLa this weekend?
no - cell service isn't good enough
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Because that's how far they needed to move it to solve the safety issue? There are three pin placements on the hole to begin with. I imagine they're simply using the shortest of those which removes the parking lot from danger.

Just look at the description of the hole from the DeLaveaga website and alarm bells should go off: "Errant throws from Top of the World are common, and it is important for safety reasons to call out “fore” and the number of the hole (or parking lot) the errant throw is going toward. When you play 27."

It really is a miracle this hole still exists at all, history or not.
Yeah, I always found this hilarious that you have to call out FORE (ON HOLE X) to specify? Like, if you can hit people on several different holes maybe not so great design?

Yeah I know its a classic and modern disc tech has noobs hitting people with blizz Katanas that were in no danger before, but.... yeah, still. I know a few courses in Finland too that have classic status, but in an alternate reality where someone presented the plan to the city they would think you were crazy and zero chance of installing the course in such a hazardous way.

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