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Does picking up garbage on the course give you good karma?

At the Kensington League Doubles today (Milford, Michigan) my random draw partner, Norm, started picking up garbage as we played. He brought a big garbage bag and was filling it up as we started the round. There was plenty garbage to be had. I complimented his motivation and he told me that since he only rarely played the course he only had a few chances to pick up stuff and wanted to make a difference. Well, I got inspired and started picking up trash and stuffing it into his bag. Soon thereafter, our playing partners John and Bill got in the act as well. We filled up the bag and emptied it a couple times until the bag developed a hole. Then Norm pulled out a new bag. He brought it along because the weather report was calling for rain, wind and 40 degrees and he thought it would work well as a rain jacket.

I mentioned to Norm that it was a well documented fact that picking up garbage leads to good course karma. Then we threw in a couple long putts. One was about 100 feet away, in the schuul, lean out forehand, into the wind, downhill, with a drop-off past the basket.

We won by two. Happenstance? Or karma??

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Good Karma !!!!
That's pretty cool.... Gotta say Karma!

One of my buddies in our local club mentioned this idea.... at our weekly minis, having every card pic up trash as we play, then the card with the most trash could get a club prize or CTP for a disc or something like that...

I try and grab the larger stuff at my home course when I go play... it's the cig. butts and small paper that get everywhere..
Hey thats a awesome idea RIX. If you in a tournament and someone throw anything down they should be penalized a shot. (I'm sure its in the book) You got respect the course and other players. I have seen a couple of people and even a couple of guys that I play with sometimes, throw trash down or leave stuff. I tell them to pick it up. A guy I shoot with all the time always picks up trash which is cool.

If your course don't have them, ask your parks and recreation department to place trash can at a few hole on the course. You can always notice a diffrence between courses that have them and courses that dont.
Also i dont know if what happened is karma..... I think the disc golf gods was thanking you for taking care of the course!
Good for you for picking up trash but that doesn't make you play better golf.
Probably happenstance, but don't let that stop you. If littering a course were directly connected to karma then the idiots who deface tee signs and drop their beer bottles two feet away from the garbage bin would get attacked by rabid raccoons or have their hair fall out. No such luck. I pick up stuff if it's not too nasty and carry it till I can dump it. Every now and then my partner and I carry a garbage bag with us when we play a round and we pick up trash as we go. I'm not sure it's helped my game (karma) but I feel good about doing my small part in helping keep the course up.
By the experienced players setting an example, the new and younger see this and they to will help out picking up the litter left by others. From my observations, it is the new players who leave their empty soda cans, beer cans and bottles. I really wish that our state would start a deposit on all items that can be returned and recycled. If you bring it into the park, please take it out with you.
My bag seconds as a recycle center. That park is my space and I,m willing to spend the time. Here in Hawaii we respect the "A'ina" and you won't see rubbish on the course, at least after we play thru.
It's gotta be the Karma. Which reminds me I need to schedule our clean-up day now that spring is here.
I always try to pick up trash around my home course, as long as it will fit in my bag
There was no shortage of trash to pick up out at Kensington today. I try to pick up what ever I can carry to the next garbage bin. I did so today... my partner & I tied for 2nd behind Mark & his partner :)

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