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It seems that the sport as a whole is starting to really take off, more and more people are getting involved, and there seem to be a lot more places to play than there were 10 years ago. That being said, it seems like DG is missing a real universal sense of community. I have been hearing a lot of people's frustrations with the PDGA. Just wondering what everyone thinks about where the sport is headed, and what complaints there are now about organizations (or lack of organizations) out there.

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if I ever visit your area, I'll be sure to call you up! Me, my husband, and my two sons, the oldest being only 5 years of age, who loves to toss some plastic. (Not any good yet, but at least he gets the idea!)
There are without a doubt a lot of players out there that have no idea that there is a PDGA or a site like this, people who just show up and play that are outside of the "community of disc golf" that makes up much of what is special about the sport for a lot of people on this site. I remember when the KC discs came out. I ended up posting a "who is Ken Climo" sheet in the display to try to cut down on people asking the question. In 1997 there certainly were A LOT of people playing disc golf in St. Louis who were unaware of the PDGA. With the Internet now it is a lot less common than it was, but it still happens.

I think it is really easy to say "We should have $100,000 pro purses at ten events a year so that our pros can make some money" or whatever your numbers are. In an abstract kind of way, I agree it would be great for top players to be able to make a living playing disc golf. However, I'm afraid that the process of attracting that $1,000,000 to pay to our top players will inevitably alter the community of disc golf. I'd just ask people that before you decide what is good for the future that you make sure you understand what it is about disc golf that you like. If the network of Clubs working on courses and hosting tournaments is part of what makes you love the sport, you have to wonder about this: If a company really DID decide to drop $1,000,000 into the sport, do you think that company is going to leave it up to your local Club to pull of the event that has all their prize money?

Basically I'd like people to think about what is important to you about disc golf, and think about how you can try to protect that as the sport moves forward. What good does it do us if we reach a vague goal of making disc golf "mainstream" if in the process everything you care about is stripped from the sport.
I kind of look at disc golf as following the boy scout inprint. Like boy scouts you play because you love being outside building bridges and having campouts........ you do it because you love it. It mostly just brings joy to our lives. That's why we do it. It's not really about playing well, then super well but it's the fun of it for most players I'd say. The guys that start and keep coming out in the evenings just enjoying the spin and the walk are how I like to play. Tournaments, shmernaments ........... good for some but not all. It's good to play a local but you've got to be motivated and dedicated if you want to play regionally. Like to see highlights of the biggies but would never aspire to be one of them. Like all the hacker ball golfers out there, we look to Tiger and Ernie and marvel but ...... they're not me and that's not my game. Same with Climo and Feldberg. It would be great to see the game recognized as a wonder game same as ball golf and shown internationally ........... can you imagine how many fabulous courses would be built then? The real work for the tournaments comes from the TD's in the trenches doing the prep work and pulling it together. For our area we don't do PDGA events for the most part. They give us rules and give the game credibility but they're not a huge factor here. I do love the course directory though as I'm traveling soon ......... so great infastructure there. Perhaps there should be a PDGA and an AmDGA under the auspices of the PDGA. Aspire to be a Pro let the PDGA run your world ...... want to be an Am join an Am division.
Fom a new perspective, I was most impressed by the big hearts that I have seen out on the course. I can't believe how much money the disc golfers in our area can raise for various charities. The lack of mega-sponsorship makes this achievement more amazing to me. Stringing on a comment made earlier, the grassroots feel of the organization is what really drew me in. It was the patience and generousity of my local golfers that kept me going, and I joined the PDGA to try to help grow the sport. I am now considering the DGA.. My husband and I traveled to California to try some courses, and I was surprised at how the locals there felt like old friends very quickly. Most everyone I met in Cali seemed pretty loyal to the DGA. At each course, I was welcomed, and I have experienced this in most places. I think there is a strong sense of DG community.


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