How about a reconfiguration and multiple pin positions; that can change the flow to help the erosion problem? I know this course is historic, but how long are we going to avoid the real problem? Highland has the same issue…traffic with elevation. Channahon and Trinity have been evolving, hopefully, we can move to more pin placements in the future. Look at the surrounding states. How many championship caliber courses do they have compared to ours? There tends to be a "deuce or die" mentality here. We have plenty of courses to cater to the amateurs, how about changing a few to challenge the rest of us. Some can be changed to satisfy both.
I basically agree with Kevin. Saturday leagues are a casual round. If you start adding the sanction aspect then it will become far more competitive and people will become rule sticklers. Plus the main reason I come out even though I have sucked lately is that its at least a fun round. If it is rated I will be less inclined to.
I can understand flipping your disc or disregarding some etiquette because you are amongst friends in a non-sanctioned environment. Why would you want to play the game without following the rules, or being ignorant of the rules (oblivious)? Especially, if you play in sanctioned tournaments throughout the year. Bad habits equals inconsistent play. I think the most abused rules are the 10-meter, foot faults, 30-seconds. The Pros can be just as bad at abusing these as the amateurs. 10 meter: A player must demonstrate full control of balance behind their lie before advancing toward the hole within 32'-9 3/4" of the hole. Everybody always ask if they are outside. Sometimes its obvious. Walk it off, and its not ten paces. I know everybody's strides are different, but unless you're taking huge steps, its at least 11-12 paces. A three foot stride is impressive. It still would need to be at least 11 paces with a three foot stride. Foot Faults: If you draw a line from the pole of the basket through the center of your disc/marker, this is where your supporting point needs to be within 30 centimeters (approx. 12"). Straight through on that line, not off to the side. If you have your heel on that line, pivot when you throw, and lift up your heel before you release the disc; your supporting point is no longer in the line of play. You are not allowed to come in contact with your marker. You cannot be touching O.B. when you release the disc (you get a meter of relief perpendicular (90 degrees) from any O.B. line. You cannot be touching off of the tee pad when you release the disc. 30 seconds: You have the right to mark your lie at anytime, of course, if you are not impeding the other players (potentially a courtesy violation). A maximum of 30 seconds is allowed to each player to make a throw after: 1)the previous player has thrown, and 2)the player has taken a reasonable time to arrive at the disc and mark the lie, and 3)the playing area is clear and free of distractions. Sorry, just wanted to state a few things for the people that do not know the rules.
Don't be intimidated or confused by the handicap league. Bag tags are sorted with your scratch score (your true score without a handicap). The sanctioned rounds are, also, submitted with your scratch score. The payouts are determined by your handicap score. The league is available for players that want to get the experience of singles play, as you would in a tournament. The handicap is similar to a bowling league. This allows more people to compete against each other without worrying about not having enough in your division. I believe it makes you a better player. Some think that it is not fair, but if you play frequently, it all evens-out in the end. Handicap system is designed to keep it fair. If people want to sandbag, then they are just giving their money away, and good luck making it beneficial for the entire season.
Tuesday is a handicap league. There wasn't anything said about Saturday being a handicap, just sanctioned. I imagine you'll have the option for sanctioning. You are given the option on Tuesday's. I do not have preference. Not a big deal to me.
Thank you to the players! If we didn't have continued success year after year, there would be no handicap league. Just some stats: 2010 average of 12-15 players/week, 2011 16-18, 2012 22-25 with, I think, a record of 35 in one night. These are just off-the-top-of-my-head, but I will consult with J. Poole to get some accurate statistics. I'll try and put together some other stats for J-Town Fest 10/20/12.