Good luck hitting the gardeners. That's hella left and behind where you start. I think they did lose some of that to the parking lot however. It is a crappy part of town, but I wasn't eyeballed or anything. Shaver plays along a popular, public walking path without much trouble, I don't see this being any different, with the exception of it being 9 holes that don't require 100% throws. I'd say the baseball field is in the way, but I've never seen anyone playing there ever. There's not much to cuss about on this course because there no "bad luck," no fairway trees to send you flying. Good thing is this is always mowed. A great place to practice your thumbers, rollers, etc.
Ok, rant warning:
I'm all for an 18hole South side course. We've asked about Sand Lake long before it had concrete paths, or became t.trueblood...DENIED. I'd like to see Ryerson's Woods (Southside, doesn't flood, has lots of elevation, huge park, not heavily used) developed into a blue/gold level course, but as my grandpa used to say, "You'll shit if you eat regularly too." Implying that: $500 per hole covers pins only. Think tee pads, signs, locks, concrete, design, heavy equipment for tree/stump removal and wood disposal, ~75 person parking lot, trash pick up, mowing, course maintenance, city employees to put it in and park rangers to police the place. These things cost real dough, and only some are a one time cost. You want the city to INVEST in this as a parks function? Then it needs to serve more than 3 people passionate about it. When we can show the demand, we can get parks land and money, no sweat. Peninsula was put in ONLY because Turkey Creek became too popular. Did it work? It was seen as too hard for your recreation player, and no one really came, and no one volunteered. Years after it's inception, and lots of hard work, its finally becoming playable/enjoyable for intermediate players and above. The city still hates mowing it because it busts up their equipment. But I've never had them turn me down when asked for help. For a new course in Iowa City you'll need Peninsula to become too popular. AND about 50 volunteers to build (easy), and another 5-10 life long volunteers (hard) to pick up after storm damage, flooding, and douchebags. Think Wildcat crew. How much time have you volunteered at ANY course? NOT trying to call you out, but seriously, add that up, because it all sounds great in theory, but even the hours I've put in don't come close to 1/10th of the hours required to get a course into the ground, especially another park that floods bi-yearly. I imagine we all work a job, and only so much time to even play the sport. Enjoy Wetherby for what it is. Don't get all RA-RA with the city, because as far as they're concerned, they just put in another course. This dinker of a 9-holer only helps build new and novice players to ones who care enough to become more than just players! And I think it will up the park usage and image of that neighborhood. Doubt it will become a drinking/smoking type of place because everything is right out in the open. Do voice your support for disc golf, thank Mike Moran and Terry Robinson for their support (shows the city people care about this), and volunteer when work days come up. I think new courses won't be that far behind, and lets build ones that don't flood.
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