I would like to know what makes your location the best place to live as a professional disc golfer (please PDGA members only). Outside Magazine does articles called "10 best places to live in the US" (or something like it). I would like to see the "Top 10 places to live as a pro disc golfer", and why you think your home is the best place for professional golfers to live.
What I would like to know ...
Quality of life, cost of living, real estate averages for home buyers or renters, good jobs, safe neighborhoods, great and numerous disc golf courses, great weather (how many days can you play a year average?), great DG clubs, great schools for children and adults, etc.
If there is anything negative, for example, you've got 10 disc golf course near by, rent is cheap, 1-5 females per male (or the opposite), however, there's there a nuclear waste dump down the street? I doubt you make the top 10, but it's good information to know, tell me.
I think it would be cool to see a comparison of what it's like to live in different areas of the country as a professional disc golfer. AM golfers can be members of the PDGA. I ask that you are a PDGA member offering this information. Please reply with useful information, simply saying your local course is the BEST will not be appreciated.
I know as a "climber" I traveled an lived in places that I though would give me the best of opportunities to pursue my sport. I traveled a LOT. I lived in Boulder CO, San Diego CA, Flagstaff AZ, Moose WY, Carbondale CO, — all are "hubs" to get to the best climbing in those areas.
I really have little information that tells me where the best places to live are to pursue the sport of Disc Golf, or how they compare to each other.
Think outside the box ... I'm sure you have reasons why you live where you do (I don't want to hear why you still live at home, loll), but I would like to see why you think someone else might like to live where you do, and how it might benefit them as a current or future professional disc golfer.
Also realize that what makes your home the best for you, might not make it the best for someone else ... for example.
Average income, 35k
Average home cost, 500k
Average rent, $1,400-$1,800 for a 2 bedroom condo or town-home
Best housing option: Buy your home, real estate prices go up 10% a year on average. For example, a town-home that cost 145k ten years ago can now be worth over 400k. Mortgages are often much less than rental prices ... so buy property if you can.
Cost of living: HIGH! Food, gas and other items are way over the US average here. Better to do down valley to Glenwood Springs, or even further west for other items.
Days per year you can play DG snow free, 75% (but you can still play in the snow if you're prepared).
Other activities in the area: 5 ski areas within 30 min. 3 more outside 45 min. Fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, hang gliding/parasailing, kayaking, boating, more ...
Good schools for kids
Two excellent Hospitals, Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, and Aspen Valley Hospital in Aspen. Mid Valley Medical Center supported by AVH.
High altitude, 6500 ft in Carbondale
Not in what I would call and "epic zone". Forest fires have the highest potential to destroy property or harm people in extreme drought years. Flash floods have little effect on disc golf or in communities.
CMC Glenwood Springs Community Collage branch
Low crime, very safe environment
Very eco-conscious community
4 long disc golf courses, 3 ski area courses, one mountain course,
2 push putt courses, one in Carbondale, the other in New Castle
3 hours to Denver to play other courses
1 hour to Grand Junction to play other courses
Playing tournaments that are not local includes the cost of travel, lodging (camping usually available), and TIME.
1 annual tournament that it is in it's 5th (?) year, the Colorado Open
1 new "annual" tournament starting this year, Snowmassive Open
1 annual tournament that for the first time in 20+ years will not be held this year, Kiss the Sky
Would I recommend Carbondale, CO to other professional disc golfers?
Sure, if you can make more money than the average income. If you can and are willing to travel to play tournaments. If your spouse is very supportive. If you can get time off from work to get to tournaments, or are a entrepreneur, or have other "creative income" skills. If you can afford to "buy" your home. If you like "other" sports that are very easily accessible in this area. If your a skier, mountain biker, fly fisherman, kayaker, climber. If you are very dedicated to the sport of disc golf.
I know it can take a little time to put together a response to this question, so we may not get many replies that are very informative ... but we'll see.
I might put together a form that people can just fill out to gather information ... but I've already spent an hour typing this! Sorry it it's a long read ... but I was bored this morning.