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Today was a great day for some good ol' winter time disc golf. No wind, right under 30 degrees with just a few inches of snow. I decided a 9 hole would be sufficient for the day so I twisted one up, layered up, laced up and was out. Threw pretty well for a course I have only played a handful of times also had a real nice thumber shot on hole 3 over 100 ft. of O.B.and through some trees, landing about 10 ft from the hole. That had me PUMPED! The thumber is totally foreign to me. I usually cant use arm motions like that or even forehand shots because of a titanium plate in my arm, fully loaded with screws and a pin in my elbow. Anyway, after i got done with my round there was a familiar car that i have seen around before parked in the lot. Usually the only other one there recently since its been snowing. I was able to meet up with him and have a chat ( i only play with one other friend now, therefore i dont get to talk DG with anyone other than online) about the course and DG in general. He started talking about footprints and how they were infamous for camouflaging discs in the snow. How he can tell where there are groups of people walking next to each other towards the hole and messing up the fairway. He had this tone in his voice as if to say I was that type of person ruining things for everybody else. This is my first winter playing DG, the footprints didnt even cross my mind as I walked from hole to hole. I will pay attention next time but, was I wrong for what I did, am I really an ass?

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Comment by Trevor Thorp on December 12, 2008 at 11:36am
People here in Michigan have a lot of opinions about how to walk down the fairway. The first post sums up my opinion on this. More important to winter golf is what Peter posted, shovel the pad before you smash down all of the snow. What gets me is when you have just shoveled the pad and some jackass takes his shot then grabs his bag, steps onto the pad and stomps the snow off of his shoes, only to take three steps and be back in the snow. Your shoes do not need to be free of snow to walk in the snow!
Comment by Bogeyman on December 12, 2008 at 9:11am
Well you all must have a more DG dedicated park than us, ours is a multi-purpose park so we have dog walkers, joggers, kids, etc. walking thru the fairways all winter so it's impossible to get a "singletrack" of footprints on the fairways in the snow! That's why I use yellow and pink disc's, also look for the "trail markings" that it seems most disc's make when skidding and entering the snow, it's the ONLY way I've been able to find my disc's in the snow. I guess if your DG course is a "Pay to Play", then the guy could have a case but if it's in a multi-purpose park, then tell the guy to "get over it", jmho.
Comment by Presto on December 12, 2008 at 1:25am
That is like someone fussing cause they skiied their fresh powder on K2. I say, you were there first. Then again, the high here today was around 70 degrees. The only thing I worry about is wind and rain.
Comment by Gabe on December 11, 2008 at 5:39pm
Agreed, I already do try to stay in old footprints simply b/c its easier, less chance of snow in the boots and it just makes sense. This guy had the DISGOLF license plate and plastic everywhere in his car so i figured he was going to be cool as hell but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. X-mas prolly has the poor guy stressed. Thanks for your input!!
Comment by Ben Calhoun on December 11, 2008 at 9:50am
It helps to walk in old footprints, but it's not a law. When the cement pad is buried in powdery snow, at least brush whatever you can off to the side, to help prevent the inevitable thick ice layer, which will then last for weeks, instead of never forming because you took the minimal effort to begin with. We all appreciate that.
Comment by Tino "SilverBack" Medina on December 11, 2008 at 9:13am
some people just like to complain. I feel you did nothing wrong. I haven't had the oppertunity to play in snow yet, but come on, complaining about other people trying to enjoy the sport is ridiculous.
Comment by Peter Kunoff on December 11, 2008 at 9:02am
Sounds like you ran into a grouchy golfer to me..haha....here is some more tips for winter golf etiquette.....if their is fresh snow on the pad, shovel it off before playing on top or just play to the side or front of the tee pad. If you stomp down the snow on the pad without shoveling it tends to form into hardenened ice and makes it impossible to remove without thawing it. If you using ice melter, make sure you check with the park before using it. I know around here the parks don not like slat as it tears up the pads and they prefer calcium chloride (the expensive stuff).Good luck with the winter golf.
Comment by DC ( DISCFUNCTIONAL CHRIS ) on December 11, 2008 at 8:08am
LOL oh my gosh !! heck no your not wrong, sounds like he is one of those people who throwes his disc and doesnt pay alot of attn to wear it goes then loses it under the snow, and now he wants to blaim it on other peoples footprints making it harder for hin to find his.......priceless !

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