DGA Disc and Apparel Giveaway Wrap-up
Thank you DGCR for running this great giveaway!
“It would be cool if DGA had some sort of newbie friendly type tournament (a la the Ace Race/Trilogy Challenge/etc). I don’t think many casual discers know squat about DGA products. Maybe if DGA discs could be folded into Ace Races, it would help to get the awareness out there.”
Stardogg won a TsunamiTee & ProLine Torrent!
DGA Disc and Apparel Giveaway Started Sunday and ran through Thursday September 25. DGCR gave away a piece of DGA gear and one of DGA’s discs to five lucky winners! Each winner was picked based on their answer to a daily question posted in the Disc Golf Course Review Forums related to getting disc golf courses in the ground.
Here is a summary of the questions and the winning answers for the DGA Disc and Apparel Giveaway:
Sunday, Day 1 – (Tracer Cap & SP Torrent):
We’ve all thought about it. Whether it’s driving down a highway looking at prime land out the side of the car, or when you arrive at a place you frequent often that doesn’t have a course. If you had one place you wanted a new course planted, where would it be and why?
Much like another gentlemen has said (AndyJB), I too have spent a fair amount of time pairing overseas locations with disc golfing. I’ve lived on or near military instillations in Asia/Europe and finding courses is always a daunting task, especially in Asia. Disc golf courses on military bases overseas are a great recreational way to bring Americans together, as well as improve relationships with the local nationals.
There’s currently not a whole lot of American/Military involvement within the disc golf scene here, so I decided to change that. I’ve created a local base club to teach beginners the fundamentals with hopes of also attracting some more experienced players. There are plenty of open fields learn the craft, the only thing missing is a course. My wife and I have created a safari course that we’ve been using for the last few months that would look pretty snazzy with a few baskets.
Read all the answers to Day 1 here >>
Monday, Day 2 – (Upside Tee & ProLine Breaker):
Finding an adequate location for a new course is not always the hardest part of the process of course development. What do you see as the biggest obstacle in getting a new course installed and how would you (or have you) overcome it?
Every course will have different obstacles depending on where the course is located, who it is intended to serve, and what level of play is going to be supported. The key to getting a course put into place is identifying these obstacles and overcoming them. Our club wanted to put a course up in a neighboring city where many club members lived. The big obstacle we faced was inertia: the city parks department did not want the new problem.
So we began by asking the city if we could have a weekly league in what we felt was the best venue. This required setting up and taking down courses each and every time we played. The league made disc golf a use in the park, so after demonstrating success with league, we asked permission to hold a tournament and set up a temporary course that would remain up longer than one day. The city asked for maps, safety analysis, liability insurance, and permits. We jumped through all the hoops and developed a tone pole target and tee sign system that was low enough cost that we felt comfortable leaving it out in the park. We held a tournament and gave free player packs to city officials as our invited guests. All invited guests showed up and were placed on selected cards. At that point disc golf pretty much sold itself. The temporary course has been up for two months and has turned an unused area in the park to the most used area in the park. Last week we received the word that the city is talking to professional course designers and wishes for us to participate in these talks.
It took time and effort to build a league without a course. The first league meeting was three of us moving two practice baskets around the park and throwing at them. Setting up and taking down a course every time we wanted to play was a pain. Mapping hole locations, communicating with city officials, jumping through hoops, and providing analysis is not as much fun as just showing up and playing disc golf. Over time we grew in numbers and developed momentum. There were times when it seemed things were going to fall apart, but because we were a club we were able to handle issues as a team. I do not think we would have been successful without the larger club behind us. The larger, active club behind us helped provide the push to overcome the initial unwillingness of the city with positive actions and communication. Inertia is now in our favor and we are on the verge of a new course.
Tuesday, Day 3 – (Old Glory Cap & SP Squall):
Much like anything in life, amassing the best resources when developing a project will help insure the best outcome. What do you see being the most important resources needed when getting a course installed? (i.e. qualified course design assistance, funding, equipment, labor, etc.)
Hands down, the most important aspect is having a legion if volunteers willing and able to provide skilled labor and speak intelligently on the work they will be doing to get the course in. The more people willing to help, the more the community will get behind the proposed course. The community and the local administration will not get behind two or three people’s pipe dream. They will, however, support 20 to 30 people who are willing to provide the labor.
This is one of the many aspects that makes disc golf unique, and Is also perfect to use as as and selling point to local boards. As a fairly tight knit community, disc golfers are willing to go the extra mile in order to have a place to play. In very few other recreational activities will one find a large group willing to donate countless man hours to install and maintain a course. Courses, even small pitch and putts, take up large swaths of land and, to often, local Parks Departments are stretched too thin to maintain such an endeavor, much less Install it. By having people, both skilled and unskilled, willing to do all this work for free, it becomes hard for a local board to say no.
Skilled laborers that one should seek out when.installing a new course:
-Two or three masons (for tee pads)
-One or two individuals who have experience with surveying and zoning
-One person who was worked In the field of environmental conservation
-Someone who has worked with the local forest service, fish wildlife and parks, or parks department
-A graphic designer
-A few people who have worked with organized sports and can speak intelligently on how disc golf can benefit the community in regards to sports
-Someone who is well – versed in the history of disc golf, the PDGA and who can also break it down to laypeople who have meter been exposed to disc golf
Are these essential? Absolutley not. But having these folks in your hip pocket, your toolbox if you will, can almost guarantee backing from the Parks Department.
Having meetings with the volunteers regularly to pass out updates and to come up with a game plan on your pitch is essential to a smooth meeting with various boards.
I really, really, really want that hat.
Wednesday, Day 4 – (Hardball Tee & SP Breaker):
Raising funds can be a major hurdle in getting a course in the ground. What are some creative ways you’ve seen or used for fund raising that may be of use to individuals or disc golf clubs working on a new course?
Haven’t actually seen it done yet, but when a new course was installed recently by a friend (Cedar Sentinels; GMcAtee) using interlocking paver stone tees boxed by a wooden frame, it occurred to me that there were multiple potential benefits to this type of tee. First, there might be as many as 5 wide x 10 long x 18 holes = 900 stones (sponsorship opportunities).
But the most obvious, is that you could sell sponsorships engraved in the paver stones themselves. The donor cost would be for the stone, the engraving, and just a few bucks toward the other amenities on the course. They would receive a pretty permanent recognition and a reason to go visit ‘their’ hole.
Depending on the engraving, the tees might turn out to have improved traction. They are already ‘moveable’, if a better line or alternative evolves with the course, because this type of tee can be disassembled and reassembled as needed. Even hole numbers, par, and distance can be engraved. And stones might be reversible to engrave the reverse side if things change drastically…
…or if you want to sell the sponsorships for a specified duration.
Read all the answers to Day 4 here >>
Thursday, Day 5 – (Tsunami Tee & ProLine Torrent):
DGA is the leading manufacturer of disc golf baskets and has been making discs and gear for almost 40 years. What resources or product(s) would you like to see DGA come out with in the future.
It would be cool if DGA had some sort of newbie friendly type tournament (a la the Ace Race/Trilogy Challenge/etc). I don’t think many casual discers know squat about DGA products. Maybe if DGA discs could be folded into Ace Races, it would help to get the awareness out there.