Re: Inner Chains?
We do indeed have that as one of our plans for improvements. As Jim said...if we alter the basket will they still be PDGA approved (or was Jim asking how do we get the church to improve it)
I still go back to this idea. Of course the baskets could use an additional set of chains. Of course the course could use lots of things. But it is what it is. I have NEVER heard of a professional Ball golfer at a PGA event complain when greens are to fast or the rim or a hole is to hard. Everyone plays the same course and you adjust. Certainly a 10Ft putt going thru the chains is VERY frustrating. If I had a 10ft putt that went thru the chains I would be pissed at the basket too, BUT later at myself for not putting a 10 ft put right dead center so it would have hit to pole. I do say this in all seriousness...I agree additional chains are needed.
Also, another way to think about it is that the course record was EARNED on a harder course. If additional chains are added then the course is technically easier.
I have priced chain and hooks and looked at some very nice ways to put them on the baskets. It is about $50 a basket for a total of $1050 for the course. We have had other priorities.
If you are wondering where the Mini money has gone:
1. We pay a majority of the Raptor system (ID scanning system that is used to check for sexual preditors)
2. Course Maintenance: This includes: mowing (have the seen the price of gas lately, sharpening of blades, erosion control, trash cans and bags, air filters and of course LABOR
3. Eagle Scout Project support
We do have lots of improvements are on the list. One thing I am very excited about is a water access point by tee 14 so players can refill water bottles and water dogs. Chains are also on this list. You will be seeing things happening soon.
IF you have suggestions PLEASE don't hesitate to share them with me. We are open to ALL and any suggestions. I can't wait to hear from you all.
Windwood Presbyterian Church
Director of Sports Ministry