The Community of Disc Golfers and About All Things Disc Golf
Bay City, Michigan has been discussing an 18 hole disc golf course for 10 years. In that 10 years along with Sheila & Terry Calhoun, I assisted in co designing and building an 18 hole course within Bay County, The Blizzard Hills DGC. The course was removed 3 years back now awaits possible purchase to expand the Pinconning Park for more camping and related activities. It's sounding as if disc golf may be too invasive for the sensitive property when the state does take ownership. Also within the past 10 years, I designed an 18 hole course for Bay City State Recreation Area, helped write the grant for $8000.00 and received pledges for another $4000.00 only to have BCSRA officials determine that again disc golf may be too invasive for the parks land, some 200 plus acres designated for "light day use" The park could only find about 6 acres that may work. Also in that past 10 years many others have come forward with plans for this site or that site, all falling away within the first year. And now another. Please read the article, all comments and then leave your own comment. Please pass this around the world so our backwards thinking community can see the advantages of installing a championship level disc golf course. thanks
Interesting article,good comments from all,pro/con.There will always be controvesy towards our sport involving "weed problem",distruction of property/land and the elemnet of unquestionable people out enjoying themselves in the open/wooded acerage.
Perhaps if Senior age Games are in the area it might be something to add.Here in Fl there are many seniors out enjoying disc golf,land of retirement don't foget,that have stopped playing ball golf because of the expense.trying to find open times to play on a course during our "snow bird migration".Many have found our sport to be more enjoyable,don't forget we all are ageing;>}I've thrown since the '57 Pluto platter was introduce by Wham-O and now in that senior age bracket as well.
Our local dgc was uprooted,lost 8 baskets,to add yet another baseball field bringing the total to 7.This last field was for NCAA college play,added much money to the coffers of the county.Something that disc golf will not add in terms of amount to the economy,a few million compaired to the small amount that dsic golf offers.
Rec dept did add the baskets lost,but only at the expense of what would of been the additional 9 that had been figured in with the original plan of the disc golf at the regional park bringing the toal to 27 insteaof just our 18 we have today.The show of support by from disc golfers at their monthly meeting might have surprised those of the commitee since it was a sure thing for the bb field and no consideration towards our sport.Granted,many dollars from the colleges,added economy monies for the local restuarants and motels vs the change we add to the economy had us up against the wall.Saving grace part of the original set up of disc golf in the Regional park helped us win,that seems to be going against you in that area of Michigan Park land.Perhaps read the fine print,if there is,if such entitlement is there for "sport related" activity.best of luck.
mr. ed, thanks for the input. can you go to MLive Bay City edition and make the same comment ? it would be appreciated. As a senior myself, I agree and do promote the game that way. among others. Thanks again and please pass the article around, we need outside opinions to flood the newspaper.
I am a Saginaw resident and a d.g fan Lmk what I can do to help I would love to help in any way I can . Jeff