Chuck Kennedy wrote:I'm saying courses go in due to the efforts of people, not necessarily the local club in which those people happen to be members. If they happen to be members of the PDGA and the Atlanta or Minnesota or Baltimore clubs, then they should get just as much credit for the installation. The PDGA is a member org with much of the work being done by volunteers. If Jim Smith is a PDGA member and decides to do the work to get a course installed, the PDGA should get some credit for that volunteer effort at a local level. Just because volunteer work isn't done for a national PDGA committee doesn't mean the PDGA wasn't involved even if no funds were exchanged.
What's bizarre about peoples' attribution of credit is the following example. If I go (on my own dime) and help a club somewhere get a course installed, people might credit that assistance to the PDGA. However, if I do it in town, the local MFA club claims or gets the credit. In either case, I'm a dues paying member of both orgs and the MFA should get just as much credit as the PDGA when I travel and help clubs. However, no one seems to want to give credit to the PDGA when they talk about all of the efforts made by PDGA members locally when the local club wasn't providing any more funds than the PDGA in the process. I realize it's human nature to attribute credit locally. But all the people did in many cases was simply pay annual dues to different orgs.
If I run a local club and get a new course installed I will use my connections through the local clubs to get people to help plan, install and maintain the course. The PDGA doesn't really enter into the equation unless someone reads the guidelines they provide (flat teepads please). Local clubs get the credit because the use local resources to get the course installed. If the PDGA provided volunteers or other more direct resources (money, spokesmen, etc) then the PDGA deserves credit for directly helping to get the course installed.
Just because someone pays dues to the PDGA and also helps build a course doesn't mean the PDGA deserves any credit for the course.