You may have noticed that the Duck Golf Finals are coming up in Burnaby in March, you may also have noticed that it is scheduled to be 2 one day events. The whole plan behind that is to increase event capacity, so that hopefully we don’t need to turn anyone away.
So before I open registration, I’m trying to determine which divisions will play which day in order to maximize event capacity. If we use Mission as an example, of the 94 people current registered (including the waiting list):
Pros account for 31 players, we may get a few more for the finals, but I don’t overall expect that this will increase dramatically in size (approximately 60 different people have played Pro so far this season).
Advanced account for 39 players (all flavours), and we could see more turn out for the finals (approximately 87 different people have played in an Advanced division this season)
Intermediate account for 21 players (all flavours), and we could see more turn out for the finals (approximately 55 different people have played in an Intermediate division this season)
Novice I’m not really concerned about this division, at least as it relates to the Duck Golf finals, I don’t expect that it will suddenly explode to the point that it’s a problem.
So, projecting similar numbers, if we split the Pros off by themselves, they would be playing in a half full event, while it’s entirely plausible that we could hit 72+ Amateur players.
At the same time, if we group Pros and all Advanced divisions together, that might over fill…
So, what would people prefer?
- Amateurs one day, Pros the next – this allows interested tournament players to watch the Pros play if they are so inclined, which is not generally an option for them.
- Intermediate and below one day, Pro/Advanced the next – this makes sense from a course design perspective, everyone playing on each day would play from the same tee pads.
- Some other hybrid approach to balance numbers – this might be the least intuitive, but would allow us to have the best balance and flow for both days.
- Other suggestions?