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I have been ask to help to design a course. Any and all suggests, Please. :)

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just go out  and do it    first one i did turned out great  take a buddy and lay it out  test lemgths by throwing it

I am currently building a course I have designed and about to start work on another course I designed hopefully soon. When I was in the initial designing phase, I recruited some buddies to help lend me an extra pair of eyes. I only chose the friends I knew had played many of the best courses around and have a good opinion what quality disc golf looks like. That being said, here are some important things to keep in mind:

-Survey all the land available - take time to walk all of it and get a feel for areas of interest, difficulty, and general flow.

-The whole process takes a long time from start to finish - one of my courses is on year 4 and it's still not finished. 

-Don't fall in love with anything or cling to ideas - your in design mode so don't be afraid or too proud to kill an idea. You may find out that your favorite fairway can't be used. Overall design is more important than a few 'cool' wholes

-Develop multiple layouts - backup plans encase of snags or possible future alternate wholes.

-Allow for plenty of space - don't cram 18 holes in land that is suitable for 9 only. Don't put holes too close to one another or other park facilities. 

DGC course designing is a truck load of 'effin' awesomeness. There are more important things to know other than what I listed, but it sounds like you are in the beginning phases so I won't overwhelm you. Keep an open eye, an open mind, and lots of patients. Best a luck to you. 

PS. any chance you can clue us in to where this course is going to be?

Really nice teepads are worth it in the long run, even more so than top of the line baskets. Baskets wear faster than teepads and can always be upgraded later. Teepads are so labor intensive that you only want to do them once.

Destraayer listed a lot of important things in his response. Take your time and think it through. Really think about where water runs and where erosion will happen. Avoid putting a basket somewhere where later there is going to be a problem. We have had to pull two pin positions and two tee pads because of erosion at our course. Use the features of the course when you are doing deign, don't just think "Oh well we need a basket to the left and then one to the right". Think about whether people will actually want to play the course when it is done. If you have enough land I would definitely hope that you also consider some longer holes, possibly a few par 4s and par 5s. It is OK to have a few shorter holes but too many short holes can make a course boring. Having a few longer holes that are challenging can add to the element that makes you want to go out and conquer something. Too many short holes will get boring quickly. Also think about where alternate pin positions could go as that can give you different layouts. Finally , see if there is a way to have a "signature hole", something that people will talk about and remember.


Try to see if there is any way that you can recycle natural products like tree limbs and rocks into things like walls. And as Dookville said, nice long 12 foot tee pads will be awesome. 

get over head pictures of the land from the internet

Thanks for the insight on many things, that would not have throught about. The first thing is that they have 79 acre's. They want a ball golf course, a walking path and two vollyball courts. They ask me, how much space will I need. I would like have enough for 18 holes. And maybe share the clubhouse. I will be happy for more info. 

Thanks for the info. I will keep the signature hole in mind. I think that will help to make a great course. And I agree on the long ones.

figure, on average, 1 acre per hole for a mediocre course or good technical woods course or 2-3 acres per hole for an open course or championship course. Acre = 208' x 208' The volleyball courts will take about 2-4 acres. Golf ball courses can take be a considerable amount of land. I'm not sure about the topography of the land your working with, but ball golf and volleyball will lean toward more open flat areas, where we all know disc golf can go just about anywhere. I would consult with the land owners about how serious they are about ball golf vs disc golf. With that amount of land, one could have a mediocre ball golf course or great disc golf course, but not enough for everything you mentioned.

Try to keep the holes in links. You know with foliage on both sides of the fairway

Might want to think adding a mini dg course to go along with your plans.I've read that one can be installed on an acre or less.

Thanks Mr Ed , but there are alot of nine holes here in ND. I am going to push for an 18.

Tim,talking about your 'mini"marker,baskets are the same,just small version.Not a 9 hole dgc.


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