I've been playing disc golf "seriously" for about a year now (little less). In that short time, I've noticed a huge popularity increase in the game at a seemingly exponential level. When I first started playing at places like Cass Benton and Kensington Metropark, I could get through with a couple friends very quickly, sometimes without being held up at a hole once. This would happen even on weekends occasionally. Now, even on weekdays after work, I can't go without massive hold-ups and waiting.
I think that the upsurge in popularity is great for the sport. I'm sure that this trend will continue, and will get dg exposure on a much wider scale.
However, with this popularity has come irritation. People come out to the courses with seemingly little or no sense of etiquette. There will be groups as large as 12 or so players that just hang out on tee boxes, don't keep up speed of play, and WON'T LET YOU PLAY THROUGH. It is beyond obnoxious. I know that other people have similar complaints, including littering, loudness, etc. Disc golf has a stigma of being a very relaxed, laid back, even lazy sport, but some people have taken this idea and made it a hassle for other players. I don't want to come off as up-tight; I think that the sport is and should be accessible to everyone. However, I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting to play in an environment that is both relaxed and appropriate.
I think that the recent increase in courses will help. Some parks have started charging for disc golf, and the small fee is worth paying, because I think it creates a sense of ownership and respect. Anyone else have thoughts? Thanks for reading my vent.