It's official! Willmore Park DGC is a GO!
Throw your hands in the air and... well, do whatever it is you personally like to do with your hands once they're up there
The St. Louis Disc Golf Club plans to officially open this course on Saturday, August 17th with our first Annual Willmore Open. The details of this inaugural event are posting here: http://stlouisdiscgolfclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2252
After that, the course will be open to the general public. We certainly hope you will all do your best to help prove that disc golf courses, like this one, are a true benefit to the city of St. Louis and to make the St. Louis Disc Golf Club proud.
This course represents the hard work of many people and, even more so, the importance of membership in the St. Louis DIsc Golf Club, as this course is being 100% paid for by the money raised from membership fees and member events. That doesn't mean that the job is done now that the course is being built, it means we need your membership more than ever - to help us recover our funds from this significant expense. If you haven't renewed yet this year, please do. If you know friends who play disc golf but who are not club members, please take a moment to remind them of how important it is. Great courses like this, which are free to play, only happen when we all do our part.
With that said, Willmore is going to be a great course. Tons of variety in challenge, shot shaping and length to be found here and that will only continue to improve as the club is able to refill it's coffers and buy more pin placements and, if all goes well for the first year or so, concrete tee pads.A couple of things to take note of:
The disc golf course is installed in this park as part of an agreement of cooperation between the St. Louis Disc Golf Club and the City of St. Louis. The City of St. Louis has retained the right to have us remove the course at any time
Willmore is a well established city park that has a very large base of regular park users. It will take a good long while for the general public to get used to disc golf being played in this park - and that means it's up to all of US to set the example for how they will see us in the future. If other park visitors are utilizing the space within the disc golf course, be kind and courteous; they don't know and they aren't there to annoy you. If you must ask them to step aside, do so with politeness and respect - or just skip that hole and go around. Nothing good can be gained from any sort of confrontation, so treat other park visitors like they were there first
, because they were. In time, everyone will figure out how to share the space with us.
Also, the City of St. Louis does not allow alcoholic beverages in their parks
, it's against the law. Also, no glass containers of any kind are allowed. This should be an easy one, just don't do it. Again, it's about setting a good example for disc golf in St. Louis and ensuring that this course is a shining example for other possible courses in the future.
Finally, a huge, huge round of thanks and congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to make this course a possibility. That includes everyone who was directly involved, everyone who played in any of the four trial events and everyone who joined the St. Louis Disc Golf Club in 2013. THANK YOU!