Having participated in buying and removing a underused course, I would tell you to expect to hear negative statements for 10 -15 years afterwards. Most of these statements come from underinformed people & rumors that grow over the years. The locals just end up saying that "we used to have a course hear but somebody just came and took it for no reason!" Usually there is much more to it. Just ask Bob W. what he was able to do with the course after he purchased it from myself & Curt R.. Bob had the giddyup & the connections to help accelerate disc golf growth in St. Louis, all from a course in Hannibal that was being badly neglected for quite a while. I personally like Bluebird for a number of reasons, first of all, it is one more course in the area to play, at least there is a choice. It is a hard course on your disc wear & tear, it is hard on you physically, which I can use every extra workout I can get, check the weight of my bag when I start playing. It can be hard on your scorecard if you get some bad/luck shots. These are all things that work in my favor when playing on courses that have some of these aspect but are a further drive from home, also that is another reason I like it, the proximity to home for me. The wildlife factor is alway a huge bonus, except deer which means ticks, I also prefer the lower amount of golfers on the course as compared to White Birch or QR, that means a much more leisurly game. This course can be played backward as well, for a change of course, another plus. Also having played this course with the LAKERS
about every 3 months or so there has been a noticable improvment on the course, yes it was much worse this time last year. They have painted some baskets, repaired basket #3, cleaned up some of the trash but some people just insist on throwing trash on the ground.
Yes as with everything there is room for inprovment, more trash cans, teepads #3 & 8 would still be able to be emptied by the parks dept. trucks. A water fountian & a restroom somewhere near the course. SCORECARDS are desperatly needed, it has been over 2 years since I last saw some in the mailbox. I do have a solution for that 1 though, if you give me some of those newly printed scorecards that you mentioned, at the March Madness, I will put them at Bluebird this week.
Bottom line: We have this course in the ground so we can play it if we want or not. The St. Charles area does not have a lot of course locations yet and this one, albeit not the best, is still one of the closest to the St. Charles area. If the course is moved, we will not have this choice.