I am a Michigan golfer and we have both pay to play and free courses. I have no problem paying for a course as long as the course is in top condition. And paying for a course has its upsides. The people that would normally trash a course (break trees because it messed up there line or throw empties into the rough) are less likely to play a course that has a fee. And if they do at least on a paying course there is a ranger to clean it up.
I'm not saying every course should be pay to play but having a couple in the area is nice.
I like the fact that living in the Metro Detroit area we have a few pay to play courses, making those courses the better ones to play at.
I agree they tend to be a bit less busy during peak hours, and the courses better maintained.
the non-pay to play courses tend to be pretty beat up with lots of trash and graffitti, and the ocassional mob group trashing the place up. (Eg. Cass Benton)
It's only a few bucks to pay and it usually makes for a much more enjoyable round of disc golf.
Altough there is some free courses which are very nice also. (Eg. The Ponds @ Lake Shore)
I agree with much of what has already been posted here. I think it is a great idea, if it keeps the losers out of our hair! We have one already here in NorCal (Lava Creek in Paradise) and I am in discussions with a landowner who is interested in having one on his ranch outside of Willows. I hope he goes for it, because it would be a great addition to the disc golf scene around here.
I would gladly pay to play if that was an option. Around here, there is only one course within 30 miles of me, and that is a private course that can't be played anytime I would like, and the next nearest is 70 miles away.
Second that motion. I like to bring my little guy (three) out with me and my group all the time. We have trouble with local cops saying that our beer and other trash is the found all over the ground, surely it's not true. Even my son of 3 has repect and gives me his trash when he can not find a trash can to put his things in. Most places have trash cans at every other tee box but, still broken bottles, fast food crap and other empties are everywhere; even next to the cans themself. We are there to throw something into a basket for fun and sport but some cant get it to do the same with there rubbish. + I hate it when people break off branches or worse CUT \ STOMP down trees that may cause them to take one more stroke.
I think both are needed. I'm in Lincoln, NE and we don't have any pay to play courses in the state. The closest thing we have to ptp is Treasure Cove in Council Bluff's, IA and even then they only ask for a $2 donation. There will always be the rec type players who are more concerned about smoking with friends than actually playing the game (not that every rec player does this), like many have said they will never pay to play DG. But it would be nice to have a bit nicer course that catered toward the people who are trying to prepare for tournaments and what not. I'd be willing to pay for that.