Originally Posted by Sam
Wait... what? Did you just suggest that Milo pull the baskets?!
How about putting up signs at places like Milo (and Dabney - tree down on 14 or 15, I believe that did NOT look like an accident) that say something like:
"Excessive littering and/or intentional destruction of trees and shrubbery COULD lead to the removal of the disc golf course."
And make it a big sign right at tee 1. And the other tee 1.
I'll be at the meeting, but I wanted to chime in and say that I agree with Sam.
There is a significant lack of signage at Dexter. Not only is the course confusing to new comers but it is also difficult and woodsy. The T signs are great, but even the long winded, tiny-text sign at hole one does little to convey the importance of course respect.
The only way to persuade people to respect the area is to convey that to them. Personally, I try to talk to almost every disc golfer I see and encourage them to pick up trash, respect the atmosphere of the sport, and to have fun. I have talked to a lot of folks that past few days, and everyone has the same wash of disappointment. Worse is the fact that even those who know a little bit about the possible closure have no idea as to why, when, how, or who is responsible. Instead of having a positive impact on peoples behavior, it is having the opposite, now that they are expecting it to be taken away with what to them amounts to as no cause or reason. If we are to hope that this closure will improve the Dexter experience for all, then we need to involve everyone in it.
In line with the signage suggestion..., chain a garbage can to every hole. I don't think that will stop people from littering, but it will make emptying my bag of trash a heck of a lot easier, and I can do it more often. The faster I can get rid of someones Coke can, old water bottle and snickers bar wrapper, the faster I can fill that space with another. Yesterday I saw a group of 6 older folks, all with one disc in their hand, and one of the older women was picking up trash and putting it in bags the guys were carrying between each throw. When I approached them I realized I had spoken to one of the guys the day before and after our talk he said he is starting to carry old grocery bags with him to pick up trash.
As a newer disc golfer myself, I know it takes time to get a feel for the game, the people and the rules. If it wasn't for a select few folks who were there to show me I still wouldn't know.
If only 1 out of 5 people I talked to that said they would show up for the meeting do...we will pack it in at the Yum...
When you go from one extreme (a great 18 hole course, free, and supported by donations and volunteers) to the other (complete removal of the pins) it only effects those of us that use it on a regular basis.
The yahoos and hooligans don't care if it gets pulled, they will find something else to make their presence known. I have seen things like this happen at a lot of venues. Worst of all it was memorial day weekend. The biggest yahoos and drunks are out that weekend trying to do something stupider than they did last year. If this is the reaction we can expect anytime someone stupid lives up to their potential, then I forecast a long series of disc golf droughts between sparse and scattered tournaments at Dexter.
With the busy summer season coming up this is the perfect time to get the word out to all the new disc golfers out there. I know I hear a lot of people who think that the family of 5 with one disc each doesn't belong there...but then who does and who is to say who does.
I'd love to see a one day, no payout, tourney there. Use ALL the money to put in signs, explaining disc golf, courtesy, and the rarity of the course in this area. I think every serious player in the area with a few bucks and a love for Dexter would show up.
I also think a good example of course maintenance can be seen at Pier park. It is a free park, and a lot of folks throw there. Over the winter they closed a few holes for repairs. When it re-opened it was great and still is. In the Portland area they could afford to close one of the dozen courses within 20 minutes of the city center. I think it is notable that they chose not to. This is the only 18 hole course within 20 minutes of Eugene, there must be a better alternative to full closure.
Like the man said..."peace though disc golf"....