Originally Posted by discgolfstaJR
A situation with three consecutive storms and a lot of fallen trees on a disc golf course rose up in Tali, Helsinki, Finland regarding how long a disc golf should be. The storms still rage and i haven't been to Tali, but the results from the first storm were bad already and you couldn't drive to the parking lot. At worst 250000 households were without electricity and some without water and no phones for three days and train lines cuts. Some of these problems are ongoing for several days in some areas. The damages of the first storm equal the damages for a normal year.
With that background it is nice, that the local club may get some help in at least clearing the fallen trees eventually maybe. Think of a small club in the sticks and possibly without outside help with carnage from real storms like hurricanes. How is a small group of people gonna be able to maintain and rebuild a course after wreckage, if people get used to having most holes being 450'+ for a drive and a putt and some being two 450' shots and a putt for a birdie?
How long are those rounds gonna last and 36 holes in a day is out for many because say 12000'+ courses take so long to play. And how many people per day can such a course entertain vs one that has a higher throughput? It may not be viable for the sport to offer megacomplexes everywhere and make the players expect it everywhere with their forever sailing discs.
How long is it sane to make longer and longer discs? For earning money giving people what they want in longer discs is profitable in the short term, but are you gonna hurt the future of the sport and cut future growth or even sales in worst case scenario? That isn't likely but something to keep in mind.
You know, I heard exactly the same thing in 1983. However, just to be clear, it has nothing to do with money. It has everything to do with disc golf taking over the world. There are very few sports that engage so many different kinds of people. Not all courses are long. Some are short. Some are woody. Some are open. Some are flat. Some are mountainous. Some are rough. Some are grassy and hilly like my home course La Mirada. Some people like stable discs. Some people like unstable finesse discs.
Some people are going to throw wild regardless of whether they throw a heavy or a light disc. A wildly thrown light disc will do less damage than a wildly thrown heavy disc. Just play catch with the two and you will see the difference. These light fast discs don't go very far for the distance disenfranchised, but they do tend to bring a smile to their faces. I wouldn't worry about the 400ft throwers, they don't need any help anyway.
Don't worry. Disc golf is too great a sport to fail. Yes, there are irresponsible people, who will do irresponsible things, but the rest of us should not let those few ruin it for the world. Or you.