A few ideas I want to see a discussion started about.
#1: Does/has anyone besides me ever thought what a good idea it'd be for the PDGA course directory to list whether Dogs are allowed? It would take time..asking people to go in and check the box for dog or no dog for their home courses until all were covered. There is room in the print guide..right next to "Tee signs, Facilities, Camping Nearby..." it'd fit their with small lettering and wouldn't have to change the layout or increase page count. Could easily be done by adding that check-box to the website. Since it'd take awhile to figure them all out, it could start by printing 'dogs' when dogs are definitely allowed and "no dog" for dogs not allowed. That way when no one has gone in and added to the website about dogs, nothing will get printed for that year (2009 directory, and so on). Nothing means "not sure" and it'll be just like old times, but basically saying 'yes' or 'no' to dogs would help those who want to take their dog and can't find out any other way, or at least not with such ease. I have heard from several that they'd really appreciate that in the guide. Worth contacting the PDGA about and trying to do? Will you be willing to find out for all the courses near you and add that info.?
#2: I'd like to ask everyone on this website to check the official pdga.com course directions and see how good (or just plain horrible) they are for their home course(s). If they don't think they could find the course coming from out-of-town or state having never been there before, they could go out and write new directions and put them on the website. If everyone who reads this does that it'd changed 100's of directions and make it so much easier for possibly 1000's of people in the future. We all know how inadequate and sometimes just completely wrong the directions can be. Me more than anyone. Who is willing/going to go do this? Even just one person and I'd appreciate it, so will others.
#3: Marking your home course. Basically the same idea here..anyone willing to start an initiative to go out and mark-up your local course(s) better so that someone new to the sport or that course can play it with ease? I have played maybe 25+ courses this year that I'd call impossible to navigate, either entirely or just wasn't able to play all 9 or 18 holes and properly, without help. That's just an insane amount. I imagine many others at those course have had that problem. Sometimes, it's an easy fix.
I know it's usually vandals and time that ruin it for most courses and nothing can be done about those factors.
1- Face the number plate/number on chastity belt (if they have one) toward the TEE. Many times it can just be rotated so that you can actually tell what hole it is from where you are throwing to it. One course I just played this month had baskets that can be set to face anywhere, they were baskets on wheels bolted to a cement square. The number on the chastity belt did not face the tee on any hole. This did not make any sense to me. Also, to paint the number back on if it's faded or vandalized. A Sharpie can write on a Disccatcher..
2- Next tee markers. I played a course today where the 11th tee was a 1/2 mile walk down an unmarked trail. Not one sign telling you to take that trail, in that way, and how far to go. The directory mentions it, but it'd be nice to know for sure where you are going if you're gonna walk that far and just hope you stumble across it. Little arrows hanging from the basket are awesome. Usually the ones on the pole get kicked and end up pointing the wrong way, which is worse than having none.
3- It'd be easy to spray-paint the hole # and even length on the cement tee. Someone did that at Kensington a long time ago after the signs got ruined. That was appreciated. Hasn't been re-done since though. Always get permission from parks service.
4- If someone JERK ruins a sign, but there's still a wooden post/metal backing, take a Sharpie to it and write the number and draw a curve showing the basic fairway shape.
5- Multiple pin placements. For a local they can make a course. Adds variety and fun. For an outsider, it can make a course so hard to figure out it's not even worth trying sometimes. If there are 7 basket positions (some have 7 I've seen it) and a Tee sign showing 7 placements, cool. The problem comes when it does not show WHICH position the basket is currently in, or sometimes there is a system but no one bothered to update it when they moved the basket. Some signs would allow for putting a bolt in the sign for where the basket is, and moving the bolt to the other position when you move the basket. Some courses have message boards. List the positions there, someone can copy them down and bring it with them, like on their digital camera with a picture I've done that before. The thing I don't get is what the locals who didn't move the basket do on blind holes. How do they know if it's been moved if they haven't played for say a month. If they don't even know where the basket is, how can anyone else.
6- Hiding baskets/tees. So often I come across a basket on an otherwise wide-open hole, that's tucked right behind a wide tree and can't be seen until you walk up to it, or way of to the side. That's just frustrating. That tree is just as much in the way if 3 inches of the pin can be seen around the side of it. I don't throw straight line drives at wide open holes, who does? Hiding tees up over hills out of sight, behind a line of woods, etc, just makes it hard to navigate, doesn't add difficulty to the course.
Anyways thanks if you read that. Hopefully someone will reply and not angrily.