Who Fixes It?
Sooner or later, something breaks. It might be a tee sign, chain, or recently, the basket cage on Hole #5 at Montiel Park. So who fixes it? Who makes sure that the course you want to play is in good shape, ready for you to have fun? The answer is different depending on which course we’re talking about.
At Morley Field, Snapper Pierson is the man. Snapper takes responsibility for all of the baskets, tees, tee signs, benches, trash cans, etc. He and his minions are constantly scanning the course, looking for something that needs repairing…or is missing. And it gets fixed – fast. Sun Valley? Mary Jane in the Pro Shop directs her maintenance crew to fix most problems, but sometimes it’s Aces Course Rep. Aaron van Matre who makes sure things are in top shape at Sun Valley.
Up north at Kit Carson Park, maintenance of the course is the responsibility of the Aces, and Aces President Ryan Meyer and Course Rep. Mark Verrochi are constantly keeping their eyes peeled for problems. Many Aces members have also pitched in at KCP to help install new teepads and basket anchors – something appreciated by all of us who play. And Wolfpack signs has been very generous in repairing damaged signs at KCP. Goat Hill hasn’t seen any damage yet, but the crew from Bellows Golf Management and the City of Oceanside have been busy lately installing new baskets on the property and will soon be installing 28 tee pads.
In San Marcos, the load is shared. At Cal State San Marcos, Campus Recreation Director Hugo Lecomte and Aces Course Rep Allen Risley get help from the hard-working (and disc golfing) staff from Facilities Services. The City of San Marcos has done all of the maintenance so far at Sunset Park, like moving basket #5 away from the snake’s head.
And what about the upside-down basket at Montiel? Aces member Josh Lyman was the first person to report the damage to basket #5 – someone had been leaning on the basket (and possibly jumping on it), which led to the cage breaking off of the pole. Course Rep Allen Risley arranged for a replacement cage from Innova, and the repair work was done by Aces members Mike Pearson and George Allee.
So you see, it’s a team effort. Be part of the team – help us keep the courses clean of trash and remind the knuckleheads who do grafitti and damage that the course belongs to all of us, and we want it in great shape for the next person who tees off!