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So this past weekend I played a tournament June 21st. This tournament was sanctioned by the PDGA but due to the city owning the baskets and not the club that hosted the event the course could not be closed. Throughout the tournament there was casuals backing up holes slowing the tournament down. If you left any disc behind they would be taken by the casuals. IMO any course being used for a tournament should be closed to the public. When I am playing in a tournament and have paid cash I should not have to contend with casuals. Leagues are one thing and I would not expect a course to be closed for leagues. However, a tournament sanctioned by the PDGA should be played on a course that is closed to the public during the time of the tournament. Waiting for people that paid for the tournament is one thing, but waiting for someone who didn't pay, slows you down, talks while you are driving, putting and the like, driving on you while you are still putting out and constantly nearly getting hit before ever hearing "FORE".

As much as I love playing in tournaments I will never again play in a tournament where the course is not closed.

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Comment by 4U2NV on June 28, 2009 at 3:55pm
Well I was also thinking about playing Gale Vaughn Memorial on July 19th but I heard that one of the 2 courses that will be played are not able to be closed.
Comment by Matt Sink on June 28, 2009 at 9:05am
Or move to Texas, I've only played in one tournament where the course was still open to casual play.
Comment by Jamie 'gr8rocshot' Ruane on June 28, 2009 at 9:03am
We not only close our course...we close our park to all vehicular traffic. Walk in's welcome.
Comment by Matt Sink on June 28, 2009 at 8:30am
Not sure how relevant, do public ball golf courses ever have tournaments? I'm sure if they do then the course would be closed during the event. May help your cause if you could find out that info.
Comment by Jamie 'gr8rocshot' Ruane on June 27, 2009 at 11:12pm
That is total BS!!! I tell ya...what you should do is write to that cities Parks dept and let them know about your experience. Copy it to the city commissioner that represents that zone. Do it professionally with respect...but be firm on your point. Let them know you will likely not return to that event.
Comment by Mutt on June 27, 2009 at 11:02pm
I think they should have closed the course if they have to pay the city to use the facility and post insurance. I would think it is kind of like when you rent a pavillion you dont have to let just anyone use it. Did they try to put up course closed signs? Maybe the city has something that wont let them close it. I know we closed our course but it did rain that weekend so we didnt have a issue with causuals.

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