Laserman wrote:If the pros don't show, why not put in the blue pads first. They get played more than the blacks anyway. It just makes more sense.
Pouring the blue pads first would benefit the greatest number of golfers. They are not only used the most but are more weathered and in greater need of improvement as a result. I will show up and contribute towards ANY improvement to the course but the AMs seem to be largely funding the project.
It is ironic, as others have pointed out. However, getting permission from RRPD to install concrete pads on any of the tees has been a long, slow process, and the thing that finally tipped the scales in our favor was the promotion of the Atlanta Open to National Tour event status, coupled with the nearly universal comments from the touring pros who played the course last year that the dirt/stone pads were the only real negative about the ERP course. RRPD wants the AO to be as successful as possible, and have finally come around to agreeing with us that concrete tee pads don't pose any real problem as a "permanent" improvement should the course need to be reclaimed for other use somewhere down the line. So they authorized installation of concrete pads for the black tees to help ensure the success of the AO, and to ensure that the lack of concrete pads for this tournament doesn't cost ERP the opportunity to host NT or other major events of national scope in the future.
I think I can safely say that for all of us on the RDGC board, we have no intention of stopping once the blacks are in -- we'll continue to work on raising funds for the other 36 pads, and soliciting permission from the RRPD to install them once the funds are in hand. And I should point out that if we completely max out registration for the event this Sunday, that by itself isn't going to raise the whole amount -- the remaining funds will come from sale of pad sponsorships to businesses and individuals (get yours today by contacting any board member). The entry fee money is important, but a strong turnout is almost equally important in demonstrating to the RRPD that the local disc golf community is serious about wanting improvements at ERP and is willing to show up and support the cause.