The popularity of Disc Golf has encouraged enterprising parks to establishing Pay for Play Disc Golf Courses. A Pay for Play Disc Golf course generates revenue and promotes other amenities found in the park.
Pay for Play Course revenue from operation of a Disc Golf course comes from:
- Disc Rentals
- Disc Sales
- Disc Golf Merchandise
- Daily and Annual Vehicle Entry Passes
- Day Use Disc Golf Pass
- Annual Disc Golf Permits
- Tournament Registration
- League Registration
- Food and Drink concessions
Madeline Bertrand County Park located in Niles, Michigan, transformed unused donated land into a successful Pay for Play course that generates the park over $56,000 a year in Disc Golf related revenue (this revenue amount does not include vehicle entry fees, so actual revenues generated from Disc Golf are even higher).
The 18-Hole course was installed in 1987 on an old Christmas tree plantation that operated between 1914 and 1917. The tree farm went out of business after it was planted with a species of tree that was unsuitable for Christmas tree use.
Madeline Bertrand County Park received the ex-tree farmland as a donation and transformed the land into a successful Pay for Play Disc Golf Course. The course features 18 holes from spring through fall and 9 holes during the winter.
Recently ski resorts have begun adding disc golf courses. This has enabled these resorts to generate additional income from their facilities on land that would otherwise sit idle in the warm summer months.
Ski resorts are able to use their lift equipment to transport ticket-buying disc golfers up the mountain to the course’s first hole, as well as utilize their existing facilities for concession sales. In addition, the disc golf courses have the added benefit of drawing added valuable attention to the resorts.