and disc golf
Disc Golf Safety
Visitors to the Golden Gate Park disc golf course rarely hear words of warning such as "fore!" There's no need, as casual pedestrians long ago gave up the area to the exclusive use of the disc golfers.
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If the leading edge of the disc is very sharp, the disc will
tend to be faster and fly farther because there is less wind
resistance. Most long-range drivers have sharp leading edges
which allows them to fly faster and farther.
Wind speed and direction also affects the
flight of each disc. McLaren Park is located in the Alemany
Gap between Twin Peaks and San Bruno Mountain, which often channels
gusty winds off the Pacific Ocean. Even with a perfect throw, on a
windy day discs could easily veer wildly off course.
The largest pass through the city is the
Alemany Gap immediately north of San Bruno Mountain. The wind and
fog often flow from Lake Merced along the route of Alemany Boulevard
reaching San Francisco Bay near Hunters Point. One branch of the
Alemany Gap extends through Visitacion Valley, channeling the
streamlines toward the Bayshore and around Bayview Hill to
Candlestick Park, where it collides with another streamline from the
main Alemany Gap by way of Hunters Point. Now you know the reason
why it is so windy at Candlestick Park.
Disc golfers cannot safely and equitably
share the park with all of the varied present users of the proposed
course area. Disc golf is simply incompatible with the concept
recreation. Disc golf will fundamentally change the
character of McLaren Park to a de facto dedicated disc course that
pedestrians are technically allowed to use but rarely do because of
all the high speed discs whizzing around. This has already
happened at the Golden Gate Park disc golf course.