Originally Posted by Gill
I think that's natural in any area for the regular ballers to stick around a particular course the majority of the time and be interested in tending to it. I could be wrong, Lord knows I haven't been in the DG scene for all that long. For Seatac, there's plenty of space to tend to and not many golfers who come out to work parties (I've seen Grossman, Rahn, Illg, Jub, and Guy at recent work parties - sorry if I missed others, and yet how many people play there or dog on the current state of the course?). I doubt Terrace is much different though - if I wanted to go work on that course I would certainly feel obligated to contact "and clear any projects with" whoever is the course contact/manager, i.e., Lowell.
I agree that it's natural for people to spend more time at a particular course, and therefore do more work there. I haven't been on the scene a long time either, but Seattle is the only place I've heard of that has a separate club for each course, though. More times than not, when I've been golfing with a Portland guy in a tourney or something, I've asked what his home course is, I'll get a funny look, and he'll reply something along the lines of "uhh...all of them?" I've said it before, but it still seems really strange that a city the size of Seattle doesn't have an actual unified club.
That being said though, I don't want to take away from what the course locals have done...we try to do what we can at Terrace, the North Parkers are doing a good job with the maintenance there, Lakewood is almost always looking good, and SeaTac has been in great shape (besides the emptied trash bags and poo-smearing.) I would like to come to some SeaTac work parties, but they always seem to happen when I'm busy with other things (usually regular work, without any party associated). And though I don't make my way out to the other courses like Arlington and Lake Stevens too much, it's obvious there been some locals taking care of things there. But anyway, just imagine what could be accomplished if all
the golfers in the area who give a damn about course upkeep could come together for work parties at courses.