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Old 12-10-2018, 12:00 AM
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I don't post on here much, sorry if this has been a topic. However, for my job I frequently go to different parts of the state. Before I leave, I usually come here or discgolf scene to see what courses are in that area so I can play them, time allowing. Well... on a recent work trip I am driving into a town that has three courses (two of which I have played) listed. I get about two miles from this town and see a church with... BASKETS! I pull in the parking lot, discover the map of a nine hole course on a sign and play it. It was a good 9 hole course, with decent distance, design and everything. Come to find out the course had been there for at least four years, but no one listed it on any websites (I have since done so).

Does anyone else have stories like this?
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:31 AM
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Perhaps that church doesn't want it listed. I could see them thinking it would bring in too much traffic and interfere with the daily functions of the church. Or perhaps they just didn't know it could be listed somewhere. Idk.

But to your question: No, I've never been in that situation. Every course I've played has been listed already, somewhere.
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:32 AM
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Back in the day when a new course went in it happened a couple times. We've got a lot more traveling DG'ers out and about, so I don't need to seek such places out anymore.

I do want to stress, anytime you find an unlisted course on private property, please be sure you have the owner's permission to list it here. Some folks want to keep their courses on the down low for a reason.

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Old 12-10-2018, 01:36 AM
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I remember someone on here telling a story about how they found an old wooden teesign while on a hike. Been awhile though and I cant remember who it was...
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:11 AM
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I see courses around the Portland Metro where allot of the corporate campuses like intel, tektronix, xerox etc have private courses. These aren't listed on dgcr either. Theyre not top notch, but pretty cool the company's think of putting their land to easy use like a dg course.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:29 AM
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I’ve been invited to one!

No mention of it anywhere on DGCR or UDisc. Had a friend invite me and say “better bring beer and pizza toppings” so obviously I was down with it already but usually I’d do a little research to find out what I’m in for. It was kinda nice to just go in blind and be pleasantly surprised at the level of care and play on display, with notions untainted if you will.

Was also sworn to secrecy after playing, as it’s a private invite-only course and they’ve been trying to keep things subdued for the bitchy neighbors. Everybody has their reasons.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:39 AM
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I've played quite a few courses that aren't listed anywhere, most of which are private property courses where the owners don't want to be listed for fear of random people showing up unexpectedly. Often, it's their home not their business, and the course is there for their own enjoyment (and the enjoyment of select friends), not for public consumption.

I'll second the notion that one shouldn't presume to publicly list an otherwise unlisted course. Unless the course is brand new, it likely isn't listed for a reason. Better to try to contact the stewards of the course and find out why it's a "hidden" gem rather than just plow ahead with posting it publicly.

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Old 12-10-2018, 08:42 AM
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I've played quite a few courses that aren't listed anywhere, most of which are private property courses where the owners don't want to be listed for fear of random people showing up unexpectedly. Often, it's their home not their business, and the course is there for their own enjoyment (and the enjoyment of select friends), not for public consumption.

I'll second the notion that one shouldn't presume to publicly list an otherwise unlisted course. Unless the course is brand new, it likely isn't listed for a reason. Better to try to contact the stewards of the course and find out why it's a "hidden" gem rather than just plow ahead with posting it publicly.

This is very true. The course I mentioned above had actually been listed by someone at some point and things got way too crazy- 40 people showing up to a private residence for private league, neighbors complaining about parking and noise and people etc... The owner had to ask to have the listings removed and put up signs saying “Private! Invite only!” and basically “be that guy” because it was getting out of hand.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:46 AM
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In the 1990s, in a pre-digital world (at least for me), I would take wandering trips around the country, exploring backroads and small towns and playing whatever courses were listed in the printed PDGA Directory. They were few and far between.

I was somewhere in or near Iowa, and the backroad I was following dead-ended into a 4-lane highway. Across the road was a high school, so I pulled over to it to stop and study a map, and decide which way to go. When I finished and put down the map, I looked out the window and there was a basket about 40' from me. I hadn't noticed it pulling in because it never crossed my mind that there would be anything of interest in a high school parking lot.

I don't remember the name, but there's an arboretum of sorts next to a school, and a pretty 9-hole course in it.

I ran into several other little 9-hole courses---seems every little town in Iowa has one in their town park---but that was the most startling.

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Old 12-10-2018, 09:39 AM
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I've played quite a few courses that aren't listed anywhere, most of which are private property courses where the owners don't want to be listed for fear of random people showing up unexpectedly. Often, it's their home not their business, and the course is there for their own enjoyment (and the enjoyment of select friends), not for public consumption.

I'll second the notion that one shouldn't presume to publicly list an otherwise unlisted course. Unless the course is brand new, it likely isn't listed for a reason. Better to try to contact the stewards of the course and find out why it's a "hidden" gem rather than just plow ahead with posting it publicly.
Been there done that. Played a tourney on a unlisted course that was waaaaay out in the sticks here in Michigan. I don't even want to mention the name here of the course out of respect for the landowner. It sure felt like a real privilege to play there though. That is a special piece of property for sure. If it were listed here I'd probably rate it right up there with places like The Canyons or Flip City.

On the other hand I found a course at Silver Creek Township hall southwest-ish of Traverse City, Michigan recently. Funny thing was it isn't listed here on DGCR but is listed in the Udisc directory. I thought seriously about going through the trouble of gathering the info to list it and playing the course but it was such a raging piece of poo I could not bring myself to go through the effort of what I was going to definitely rate a zero.

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