Thanks for the feedback on Carrollton Park, shedding light on your questions. The club is going to sign a 24-month lease with the city of Bridgeton. The master plan of the park is being developed in concert with the SCORP(Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan); the statewide study documenting the current activities occurring in the parks, is a 5 year plan. Both the Parks Master Plan and the SCORP coincide with each other to help determine funding.
Disc Golf now is becoming more mainstream and legitimate; it is now a common curriculum in grade schools, high schools, and even college. It is also becoming a club sport and competitive sport in these schools. When considering disc golf in education, institutions alone can install a course for a fraction of the cost of a basketball court or tennis court.
Right now one of the sports with the strongest growth is disc golf; however, disc golf has not yet a “line item” on the SCORP hence public funding is rarely available. In this next 24 months our club is going to make every effort to insure our sport will become a line item on the SCORP, and very possibly free up funds and grants for cash strapped municipalities.
In the meantime, for the next 24 months the course will evolve but will remain within the parameters of the streets. The configuration of the course will be designed so a player could play each nine, start, and end at any hole play nine and move on to the next nine. For tournament play the configuration will be a 27 hole course and it is my hope that 1 and 27 will be much closer than what happened at the Super Nooner.
In Closing, the club plans to interact with the city to create educational programs to involve children, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, handicapped and anyone who has interest in disc golf. These programs with the city will also be “Phase Like” starting with a putting seminar, midrange seminar, driving seminar and then an actual tournament for participants to experience what we do on a regular basis.
Get excited, Chris and the rest of our team have a lot planned for St. Louis as we give the gas companies the finger by adding many more local tourneys this spring and summer (Bluebird Series and PDGA Global B Tier). It is our hope that we can stay close to home, enjoy our courses, and develop both recreational and competitive disc golf interests harbored here in the St. Louis area.
Ask yourself. Are you a member yet? I think you should be.
Stay tuned ;>) Mark