Very simple. I would ask for it back if it was my 2005 tracker if not its already been replaced so i dont care anymore. Thats the only disc i would want back that i lost is my 2005 players cup tracker. it has my name and number on it lost it on hole 1 at hudson mills monster course
Yeah that happened to me once, I looked down, said hey that looks like my disc, picked it up and the guy never said a word.I lost it there the day before, and I know he was embarrased, as well he should be.
Pick the disc up and and immediately break out your ID. When and if the person who threw it confronts you, just show them your identification. There's no need to be an a**hole. He cant argue with a picture ID, especially if it bears the same signature as your disc. Then tell the person that if they really want it, you'll sell it for whatever you think it's worth, taking into account sentimental value, or maybe even a rental fee. However, none of this should apply if you had no contact info on the disc, i.e. phone number, email address, etc. You can't just assume that this person wouldn't have made an effort to return it if they had the information available to do so. In this instance, just explain the situation and try to work it out in a civilized manner. I doubt there'll be an issue, as the majority of disc golfers are good people...
wow! good q curtis...i really have no idea but i know how hard i look for a disc when it goes astray and if someone finds it they are probably a psychic who finds lost dogs and kids. maybe they deserve it? lol...good question though
take it back if it isnt given two you when you express that you would like it back from that person, Ive given a few discs back myself that I really liked and had a few names on them , and the person it belongs to happens to be playing w/ me or see's it laying down somewhere on the fairway, usually they will ask me how much I payed for it if I did and re enburse me for it, I will always give it back if they want it because I would want mine.
If it's yours and you want it back, absolutely take it from him. He's got no real right to it. Personally, I'd take it back even if I never planned to use it again. If the guy didn't have the courtesy to contact me about it, he certainly doesn't deserve it. I'd rather take it off his hands and pass it on to someone else.
I'd also kindly explain to him the proper etiquette for finding discs with someone else's name on it. At the very least, you make an effort to get it back to them. Also, at the very least, you don't start throwing it yourself until you make contact with the original owner and he/she tells you it's cool. I NEVER throw someone else's disc unless they let me do so, and I don't expect or appreciate someone else throwing my stuff without my consent. A few years back, someone I know lost a disc that he really really liked (and was hard to replace). Some months later, he ended up grouped in a tournament with a guy who was playing with that lost disc. He did confront the guy once he realized, but the guy had so beaten the crap out of it that he didn't want it back. It sucked, but at least the guy was educated how things worked...now he's a sponsored pro and IMO, a great example of sportsmanship and professionalism, a long way from the guy who just played with what he found even if it had someone else's name on it.
Anywho...I don't know if the disc lacking direct contact info is an excuse to not at least try to return it, either. If it's got a full name on it, somebody is bound to know the person. Post on the local message boards or bring it to a local league/tournament and ask around. Most courses in my area have lost and found at the course. If you find a disc with someone's name on it, all you have to do is turn it into the lost and found and you're off the hook. Because of this, a lot of people only put their name on their disc because they know they can still get it back if it's turned in.
Bottom line, if the disc is yours and you didn't willingly give it away, take it back.
I agree if there was proper contact info on the disc, take it. I have no tolerance for people that do not try to call or email you when thy find your disc. I can understand, maybe if they bought it from someone and are a new player so they didn't realize it could belong to someone else. But more times than not I would say they were probably the one who didn't call. I found a kid playing with one of my friends discs one day and he had the nerve to tell me "If your friend wanted it he should have looked for it. Then he said "Give me his number and I'll call him to get it back." Mind you it had his name and number on it before this kid had crossed it all out with marker and put his own name on it. I took it out of his bag and told him he could try and take it from me if he wanted it. Screw those people who take what isn't theirs.
I've run into a situation where a friend of mine saw a disc he lost awhile ago get thrown by someone we were letting play through. After asking, it turns out the person got it at a Play It Again Sports. Whoever found it dumped the disc for the $2 or $3, and the person throwing it had actually paid for the disc.
Another tact if it is really the 'finder' and you value the disc is to offer a finder's fee of some sort. Explain that you would like the disc back and then find out what plastic the thrower likes. A little diplomancy can often result in you getting your plastic back for something out of your basement that isn't as valued by you. The finder gets a reward for returning (with persuasion) the disc in the form of something they would rather throw anyway, and in the end you might make a friend and perhaps encourage someone to call if they find discs in the future. A bit harder perhaps than just taking the disc, but maybe much more productive in the long run.
So, some care beyond just taking back the disc might be beneficial to all involved.
Hey Curt,I wonder if this comes up as much in the rest of the world.on Cliff Stephens park I' ve seen people throw in the water on 14 of the regular 18 holes,and most of our courses have abundant water. To answer the post, it would depend on how important that disc was to me,and if the thrower is a newbie.