PLEASE STOP the plans to investigate/build the 9 hole disc golf course at BCSRA . 2011 saw many new or greatly improved professional and competitive level disc golf courses within Michigan. Building nothing more than a simple 9 hole course on the Bay City State Recreation Area property would inevitably result in lack of interest or attendance and the eventual closing or redesigning into an 18 hole course. The 2011 plan for an 18 or 27 hole course, along with the plan for a 9 hole youth or putting course within close proximity of the new spray park and existing campgrounds would not only offer all skill level players an option but would also separate the serious player from the newest of beginners while bringing an estimated 2000 - 3000 additional visitors to Bay City State Recreation Area within the first year of completion.
and why I am most frustrated - Could December have been any better for disc golf in Michigan ? IT MAY HAVE BEEN ! 2011 year in review - my biggest accomplishment was concluding 4 years of disc golf course designing at Bay City State Recreation Area by writing and receiving an $8000.00 grant. With this $8000.00 added to the additional $4000.00 in cash and pledges, the course could be well under construction by July and somewhat playable by October. The biggest disappointment of the year came from hearing that after 4 years of planning 18 holes on 12 acres of the 300 acres available for recreational day use at BCSRA, the design " didn't effectively consider the wetlands and natural inhabitants to the degree necessary for such environmentally important and sensitive land ". Upon the insistance of those paid stewards of our state lands, all of the funds were given back and the four year project for an 18 hole course has essentially been scraped. Disc golfers are not to be discouraged though, in 2013 the BCSRA has committed to explore the possibility for suitable land to accommodate an 9 hole DGC.
Disc golfers also have great reason for excitement by learning that Bay County has received a large grant to purchase the Prindle property that was formerly home of the 18 hole Blizzard Hills course. It has been suggested that the intentions of the county is to expand camping and green offerings for the Pinconning Park. After making a few phone calls, I've learned that again the land necessary to redesign and install the 18 hole course is "extremely environmentally important and sensitive to the point that cutting ANY trees or making ANY additional trails will probably not be an option" under the some conditions of the grant. The good news is that I was also told "we will at least consider installing an 9 hole DGC.
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