Sunday, October 26, 2008

Further Linseed Logic

Update on Disc Golf efforts:

Thanks to everybody who has commented before.

My friend Colt says,

“The "Dick Fosbury" reference relates to the overhand "horsepower over aesthetic" method of "driving" off the tee. Disc-golf Frisbees are heavy and small compared to regular Frisbees, and while everyone I saw threw the disc in the conventional Frisbee style, I experimented and ultimately honed the "overhand drive." This works very well with a projectile like is a high throw, overhand, and it does have quirks in its path downward, but we went to it exclusively after a fashion, as the guaranteed distance was something like 50% more, 95% of the time.”

This morning, an experienced landscape designer and I tossed some discs around Keefer Park to gain a better perspective for Frolf-feasibility. As we walked around, polishing up our rusty trick shots, we observed, as Hailey Parks Project Coordinator Becki Keefer mentioned; once you start walking through the park, you see that it has more depth than appears from afar.

The good news for disc-golf enthusiasts is that our first impression shows Keefer Park as a good fit for a nine-hole course. We believe it should be laid out in an anti-clockwise fashion, starting with Tee 1 in the middle of the small tree berm, south of the baseball diamond. Heading south from there and keeping away from adjoining homeowner fences, #1’s hole (receiving basket) could be about 170 feet away, near where the sage and grass meet.

After #1, Tee 2 could point south towards its basket down the same line. Then the course could backtrack, continuing to follow the sage / grass perimeter in the anti-clockwise direction.

Holes 5 and 6 could crisscross each other in the center of the new trees towards the heart of the park, then seven, eight and nine could proceed along the same perimeter, ending up near the outdoor basketball courts or future amphitheatre stage.

We could also place a sign at the beginning of the course, indicating rules, and filled with catch phrases of courtesy suggestion protocols. Although, it would have to be an extremely wayward throw to interfere with the adjoining Toe of the Hill Trail, this does happen; and we should consider a small sign reminding joggers and hikers to beware of errant discs.

As mentioned earlier in this thread, in the event that multipurpose field needs arise, the basket receptacles are designed in such a way that they can be easily moved into new positions in a matter of minutes.

One thing we noticed, while walking around, were two medium-sized rocks at the field’s edge. We wondered how often these rocks roll down the hill (adjacent to the avalanche area), and would be interested to hear from other sportspersons that regularly enjoy using Keefer Park, who have seen this.

We also noticed evidence of a bear, which has been playing in the field.

In addition, the layout of Keefer Park’s outdoor basketball courts greatly impressed us. I’m keen on fresh-air basketball competition, and recently read about how NBA players played an outdoor exhibition:

A problem that many outdoor bouncing kids come up against; if the basketball net is torn or missing, is that it takes some wind out of their sails. After investing substantial amounts of time, money and energy into new courts, poles and baskets, the low-cost net is usually first to go bad. And with nets gone and not replaced for weeks on end, most children will often go off to play a different sport.

Nylon nets attached to heavily used basketball hoops, often wear out within a few weeks. A way to remedy this is through the PermaNet basketball net.

It’s made of 2000 lb steel aircraft cable for superior strength, outstanding durability, and is coated with a tough vinyl jacket to protect basketball players’ hands. The PermaNet basketball net is a patented, one of a kind hardscrabble basketball net that can't shrink, tangle, rot or fray like nylon nets. It is unique and won’t rust like chain nets do. This eliminates the need to constantly replace or re-attach nets. The hoop net also offers a permanent rimlock anti-theft system, which never tangles. The unique basketball net technology also ensures that the basketball never gets stuck inside the PermaNet basketball net, due to its design. This patented PermaNet basketball net is made in America, consisting of superior materials, and is engineered to last on hoops outdoors on institutional recreational parks basketball courts for a minimum of at least 3 years, and up to 5 years on an outdoor residential basketball court.”

If the newfangled Perma-nets are unfeasible or unavailable, there’s always plan B,

Linseed Logic: (Letter B)

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