Monday, June 17, 2019

The Ins And Outs Of Disc Golf Clubs Part 1 - Setting The Record Straight

Within the sport of disc golf, there are a variety of ways to become involved. We spend a lot of time focusing on how to be a great volunteer at your local course, ways to help support TD’s in the area, and more, but there’s one element that’s not often discussed when it comes to the sport we love. Starting and running a disc golf club is a great way to boost involvement in your area and expose others to the game, but do you know how to actually do it?

In this blog series, we’re going to dive deep into the inner workings of disc golf clubs. What makes them great? How can they be run efficiently and effectively? What are the benefits and potential drawbacks to such a formal group? Get ready to learn all you ever wanted to know about disc golf clubs, but first, let’s make a few clarifications about this important topic.

What Exactly Are We Talking About?

There seems to be a ton of confusion around the idea of disc golf clubs, as many people get this concept confused with leagues and events. Before we go any further into this topic, it’s crucial to understand that a league is not a club! Organized events like bag tag challenges, tournaments, and weekly leagues are all run by clubs but they are not clubs themselves.

Sure, putting on any kind of event can be challenging, and the people who take the time out of their busy lives to ensure that everything runs smoothly deserve a huge pat on the back. However, we’re going to talk about the other kinds of tasks required in order to form and start a club, not a league.

Check Your Motivations

Before you even embark upon the checklist of things to consider when starting a disc golf club, it’s important to make sure you’re clear about your intentions. If there are five other disc golf clubs in the greater metro area where you live, why are you starting a sixth? Will your club have a specific focus or is it simply to spread the word about the sport?

DD team member Jake Key has been involved in several disc golf clubs over the years, and they have always had very clear goals in mind. “The first [club] was for juniors only. I focused on getting students excited first about something they hadn’t done before,” he explained. At the time Jake was a PE teacher and used the club idea as a way to introduce disc golf to the kids who were interested. He took this same concept and applied it to another club in Wisconsin, acting as the club President and working with other players to promote disc golf on a college campus that already had a course installed.

Once you’re clear on why you’re starting your disc golf club, next comes the important task of actually organizing it! Make sure to stay tuned to read the rest of this blog series and uncover the ins and outs of disc golf clubs.
  1. Been thinking of starting a disc golf club for ppl not good at disc golf but enjoy it and for the exercise. The ppl in the clubs here are just too good at the sport for me.

    1. New Players League serves this purpose imho.

  2. If I were you I'd just join up with an established club. If you're considering starting a club you're (I assume) you're serious enough about disc golf to want to improve your game. The single best way (in my opinion) to get better is to play with better players and get some advice. You'll also be introduced to a large number of players that all play the game for different reasons, (competition, exercise, etc...) but its guaranteed that everyone is there to have fun.

  3. What if a club wanted to split into two separate clubs?

  4. In San Diego we have a large club (San Diego Aces) with about 550 members that was chartered to "grow and support the sport of disc golf in San Diego County, CA". Our club focuses on getting new courses installed and maintaining those courses after installation. We also run a series on "rotating monthly" events where we hold a series tournament at a different course each month with year-end titles and prizes for the winners.

    But that's not enough for the payers who frequent specific courses or who have specific interests (partying while playing, women's only, etc.) so we've seen the establishment of what I call "clublettes" - small clubs with only 20-40 members that have a narrower course or style of play-based focus. These small clubs get their own bag tags and compete among themselves, but most also join our larger club ('cuz we get the courses put in).

    1. Hey Rizbee,
      Do the San Diego Aces have 550 lifetime members or do they pay dues annually? I ask because I'm the membership director of the Charlotte Disc Golf Club and we're making the claim of the largest annual renewing club in the world. Right now we have around 520 due paying members for the 2019 calendar year. Dues are $25. So far we haven't found any club with a membership base that rivals ours, but it sounds like you guys might he close. Let me know how it works if you dont mind. Also Dynamic Discs, if you want to talk to us about how the CDGC operates, feel free to reach out

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