I have talked to Chris and it looks like we plan on meeting with a guy from Sunset Hills to discuss improvements. Chris, "Thank you very much for taking this seriously and acting quickly."
I'm definitely going to work on this course (if the city is OK with that), but I'm really looking for some other people to help give this cool little course a little love. In my opinion, there are too many simple little things that can be done here (new tee signs, arrows to the next hole, fix up the tee-pads, mulch the fairway trails and basket area, repair and paint some baskets, etc.) to make this one of the areas best nine holes. If that goes well, I hope we can keep the momentum and work on bigger stuff like concrete tee's and alternate pins (yes, there's room).
One thing that I can immediately recommend be done, can be done by any player - for free. If you see anyone hanging around, looking suspicious or up to no good, call the police; their HQ is next door to the park. Somebody has been spray painting graffiti with stencils literally everywhere around the course, tearing out the sign posts and tearing up the baskets. Getting them caught is going to be critical to any potential improvements so they don't immediately destroy any hard work and to send a message to their friends and others like them: "you trash this park and you're going to pay."
I already reported a couple of 18-19 year old boys who I spotted painting a picnic table a few months ago. I'd seen them hanging around the park every afternoon for a week and after I saw them and reported it, I haven't seen them myself again.
I see a big opportunity for the club here too. Almost every time I play Watson Trails, I see someone who is new to the game or someone who is bringing their kids or girlfriend to give Disc Golf a try. I think, "Wow, how much better would it be for the local DG scene and the RCF if peoples first impression of the local courses wasn't this?"
Who's with me?
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