This, I am sure, will not be the only time I talk about recreational drugs and their use on the disc golf course. It deserves to be the first thing we talk about because of the impact it has on the image of our sport.
First let’s define what recreational drugs means. For this conversation, recreational drugs are any substance that an individual could consume on the golf course or by whose consumption could affect the course, players, or environment. By this definition this list includes cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana but could also include cough syrup.
Keep in mind this is about the image of our sport. I am not judging anyone’s use of drugs. I support your right to do anything you want to your body. It’s not about that. It’s about respecting your environment and the sport; not damaging your reputation, the reputation of your course or club.
I have certainly had a beer on the golf course and expect I will do so again. I do my best to follow course rules and if it states that there is no drinking on the course because it is near a school or the community made a request, I refrain from having a drink, etc.
Many courses have such rules and I too often feel they are unnecessary rules, unenforceable rules. Drugs are part of our lives and our sport, even if it is just others that are doing them. They are part of every sport. How many joints are smoked next to the basketball courts of the world? They are done on every ball golf course in the world. What is different? Discretion. Also greens fees – another blog – but mainly Discretion.
With discretion, we can all have what we want and the image of the sport does not need to suffer. You can have a drink or smoke on the course, just be discreet. Easy ways to practice discretion: use a coozie for your beer, have a mixed drink in an orange juice bottle, have a one-hitter behind a tree, bring edible marijuana. I am not advising you break the rules; just be discreet; be responsible for yourself and your actions.
Disc golfers too frequently flaunt their drug use, proud to be the outcast. But if what we want is to be buzzed during a round why do we have to be so obnoxious about doing so? Where is the line?
The line is really easy to find. Any activity that tarnishes the public image of our sport or interferes with the enjoyment of our sport by any interested party crosses the line. Here are some common examples:
Slowing down the group behind you because you insist on packing a bowl right now, is crossing the line. Consuming any drug on the course while children are present is crossing the line. Asking the members of your group if they mind if you smoke a joint or drink a beer during a tournament round, as nice as you think you are being, is crossing the line because you have made someone else responsible for your actions; own your actions.
Next blog will be about the etiquette of the “Party Group” and remember:
“Don’t Be The Douche Bag On The Course Today.”
Categories: Disc Golf Etiquette