I wanted to give everyone an update on the club and what we have planned for the next few months. As many of you know, I have been working on finishing up my Masterâ€™s thesis these past few months and that is why there has not been as much disc golf chatter coming from me. I am near the end of my thesis, so I am once again excited to start focusing on disc golf in SF.
The Past 6 Months:
Course Opened: Obviously the course opening has been a huge success. We have a few issues out there that we still need to address, but the design of the course has held up amazingly well considering all the traffic it has seen. We have made some minor improvements, such as the tee location marks on each sign, as well as some erosion control measures on the hill between 11, 12 & 14. There is still a good amount of work to be done, but for the most part the course is holding up pretty well in the first 6 months.
The Club: The popularity of the course over the summer was amazing and it has been awesome to see so many new faces playing disc golf. Obviously, with so many new players there have been some growing pains but generally the club has done an amazing job with the first 6 months of the GGPDGC. The club has over 300 paid members for the 2007 year and we are still adding new members almost daily. We have had numerous people step up and take more active roles in club leadership, disc sales, weekly TDâ€™s, work party organizers, etc. I am really excited about the number of people who are now actively involved with the club.
San Francisco Safari: The club took over running the Safari this year and it was a huge success from all accounts. We had almost 200 participants playing 72 holes of golf over the weekend. We had some awesome discs, t-shirts and various other schwag. (We still have some Safari stamp discs if you did not get one.) While we had a few issues, this is to be expected as this was the first time for many of us hosting a tournament of this size. We learned a lot this year and the future looks bright for the 2008 Safari.
Disc Sales & Treasury: We have sold a LOT of plastic since the course has opened. We have seen 11 new club stamps since opening day and have sold more discs than I can count. We have had numerous people step forward and help us sell discs and we have even gotten some of our custom discs into a local shop. Between disc sales and membership, we have been able to build our treasury back up to a reasonable level after being in the red from the construction of the course. We will continue to build the treasury for maintenance of the GGP course as well as to start saving for a new course. (see below)
The Next 6 Months:
GGPDGC: We will be scheduling our first walkthrough with the city in the next month. We are scheduled to do a walkthrough with the city every six months to discuss ways we can improve the course. We will need to schedule a work party before the walkthrough to get the course looking its best. Items we will be approaching the city about will be a practice basket and some plants to use for erosion control. We will also be discussing ways to prevent further erosion on the hillside between 11, 12 & 14.
McLaren: This by far is the one question I get asked the most: â€œWhen are we going to start on McLaren?â€ Well, that is a complicated question without an easy answer. My current thinking is that we need to continue to raise money to have enough to fund the McLaren project. The GGP course cost $60,000 and there is no reason to assume that McLaren will be any cheaper. This means that we need to continue to raise money before we can even think of starting out at McLaren. The second issue is the amount of work that will be involved in the construction of a second course. As those of you who were involved with the GGP course construction know, the amount of work that goes into a course construction is huge. GGP had over 4,440 work hours and once again there is no reason to assume McLaren would require any less. This means before we can move forward with McLaren, we need a core group of people to step forward and commit to spending a considerable amount of weekends working on the course construction. I am willing to move forward with this to the city if we have a commitment from people who want to be in charge of the construction. In other words, McLaren needs a Les & Anne to step forward and say they are willing to work their asses off to see this happen.
Well, thatâ€™s the update for now. Look for a work party in the next few weeks and hope to see everyone out on the course soon.