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Happy Holidays Everyone,

I would like to share some info with anyone who cares.

It is very unlikely that the Poison Ivy Open will take place this year, or possibly ever again in Bear Creek Park.

This all due to the Complete Unwillingness of the golfers that regularly play that course to behave in an acceptable manner in the eyes of the neighborhood assn. of the neighborhood that borders the park.

In spite of all the warnings and the fact that several people have gotten in trouble and arrested for there illegal habits. They feel they have the right to continue this activity as they play the park. I am sure everyone who plays there at all is aware of what I am referring to.

The neighbors now hate disc golfers so much they have bypassed the parks department with their complaints, and have taken it directly to the city council.

The result is this, it is now Grapevine City Policy that any organized disc golf tournament (I don't think this applies to mini's) run in that park must have 2 Grapevine Police Officers on duty in the park for the duration of the event at the expense of the event. So that means $60 per hour for the entire day. In this case it will be a minimum of $660 per day.

So unless some of you that "Don't Care About the Money" want to pony up, the event will not happen. This is very unfortunate, but nothing can be done at this point to change the actions of our friends. We all just get to live with it.

Since everyone knows that "All Mace Cares about is the money" you can all see how this will be detrimental to the overall success of the event. Because if that is part of the expense of the event, you the player that participates in that event will have to pay a police fee out of your entry. And BTW, all of you care about the money everyday you go to work. Why should I be singled out as a "Bad Guy" because you can all see me work? But that is another topic all together.

It is very unfortunate that this has come to pass, but we can only blame ourselves that it happened. I really don't need to say this, but this is just another issue in a very long list of things we have done to ourselves so to speak. This is not going to change until our mindset changes. We have to behave ourselves, like it or not. Not one of us has the right to break the law. We also don't have the right to be a perceived bad influence in a park.

As for the course itself and the rumors surrounding it. There is a very real possibility that it will not be there one year from now. I have this info directly from the mouth of the Director of the Grapevine Parks Department. He has told me that he doesn't want it pulled but he is tired of fighting this fight. He was one of our biggest advocates amongst Parks Directors in the region 10 years ago, but now he doesn't to be involved in the fight anymore. This is what we have done to him and ourselves.

Very unfortunate for us all.

Brian

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Comment by Steve Belliveau on January 7, 2010 at 11:55am
We had a great course pulled from private property for same reasons( players cup) I was told it was sponsered players who caused this.Do we need golf police?
Comment by Bill Burns on December 31, 2009 at 1:47pm
If your course has a kiosk or somewhere that posters and other written material are posted, have a nice computerized sheet of paper stating that the first season for the PAL (Police Athletic League) disc golf league has started, and that participants are responsible for turning in the results to the appropriate morale officer at their assigned substation.
Comment by Diesel Dan on December 30, 2009 at 3:26pm
My favorite course in the DFW area... It has alot of teenage players that dont give a crap about disc golf, the courses or the citys parks.. The city also shows that it doesn't care by not taking care of the course either,, all of the tee boxes need dirt filled in around the box. This has been a problem for several years. My friend Biscuit broke his ankle on hole 6 last summer. The real disc golfers are not the ones trashing the course nor getting arrested. A wise man said in another post that kids tend to damage parks that are not taken care of by their city. I think this is true. The city could easily turn the park around.. first step would be to fix the boxes. Also, real police men in uniforms rather than undercover cops would scare away the teenagers better..
Comment by J.D.Guy on December 30, 2009 at 9:48am
Yea, its my favorite course. I tell others i play with that i'm a police officer (im not), just so they don't smoke around me. and yes appropriate name, got it several times there this year, and had to get steroid injections from the doc. just a glutton for disc golf at Bear Creek.
Comment by Ben Calhoun on December 29, 2009 at 6:10pm
That really sucks sorry to hear. Not the first time and it won't be the last.
Appropriate name for the tournament- I think I'm still itching.

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