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Interesting article about the rising problem of public drinking at a disc golf course in Alaska. The author is laid back about having some beers while waltzing through a round of disc golf and doesn't mind the recreational drug use that is likely to occur out there, but points out the problem of underage drinking and overall dangerous behavior that follows from general public intoxication.
Anyways, you can read it, but there's definitely a difference between casually drinking in public while keeping it discreet and warranting altercation en route to getting plastered.
Personally, I stay out of the drunkards' way. I'll partake in my share of illicit activity on the course that does not include anything violent or disruptive, but I'm not about to cause a scene and promote an unstable environment. I'm also not about to alert my local officers to have more of a presence at the course. I'd like to continue my "activities" without getting run-down by the po-9. Though there might be many douchers around who take the intensity level at the course up a notch, I'm not there for them. I'm there for the outdoors, my friends, and the game; they can't take that away from me.
What does everyone think about public drinking at disc golf courses? Should it be accepted, and if it is, should there be tolerance for the type of activity that comes out of the drinking level rising a little too much? Or, do you think prohibition of alcohol in public should be enforced, because there really isn't a line? Is it an area of gray that the police needs to account for in order to protect disc golfers and park users/citizens alike?
There always seems to be a few that ruin it for everybody else. I am a big believer in personal freedom, but I will not tolerate violence. I prefer to be "left alone" while I do my own thing on the course. I don't bother anybody and I expect the same in return. I think alcohol should be allowed. I don't drink, but I know many people who do and have no problems. Again, I do my own thing to enhance my mood, perspective, and add to my overall playing enjoyment, and I would not want someone calling the po-9.
What I see coming down the road is "Pay to Play". All other sport venues allow alcohol, but if you get out of hand there is an officer there to throw you out and ban you from ever returning. "Pay to Play" would curtail much of the disruptive behavior and it allows funding for a roving "Marshall" very much like ball golf. Many State, City, and Local parks prohibit the use of alcohol, yet they only enforce the law when morons get out of hand.
Maybe we all need to stand together and police our own. Drop a warning flag or tie one to a basket or tee post to alert all the decent folk that there are "unwanted idiots" on the course. Maybe if all the decent folk confronted the idiots they would move on to another place. Just a thought.
Remember this; Alcohol does not cause a person to be an A-hole, it simply lowers inhibitions and the real person is displayed. I choose not to associate with A-holes whether they are drunk or sober. Sometimes you need to see a person drunk before you can see who they really are.
So to answer your question, don't ban alcohol! Ban the idiots!
There is always going to be a problem with drunken disorderly conduct, oddly enough, I've never seen anyone get rowdy on the course, same goes for regular golf.
It's not the alcohol but the drunk that is drinking is the problem.
Overdoing anything does not work out.
Usually that person is okay when not intoxicated.
It would be nice to ask them, Hey, let's get loaded at Walmart, a store or any 'public place."
See what happens, mr. misconduct and disorderly gets involved.
This ruins any round of golf......
When talking public parks, disc golfers have a vested interest in maintaining a favorable reputation with the police, parks department, neighbors, local government, and the rest of the non-disc world.
Bad behaviour by any disc golfers damages this reputation. But even discreet illegal behaviour risks it, if it comes to the attention of neighbors or authorities.
A few cases have been serious enough to get courses pulled, or threatened to be pulled. But far more often, when disc golfers approach the local authorities about building more courses---or pleading with them to not diminsh current courses with intrusions by other activities---the reputation of the disc golf community, good or bad, weighs in the decision.
Really like your idea of dumping trash on those that litter!
How about a sign that says:
Leave Your Address
& Phone Number.
We will promptly
deliver you trash!