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I'm from Bradford, Pa and the closest place to play is 1:25 away.  This is a crazy idea but I'm in the process of purchasing vacant land, buying the baskets, Pouring the pads, paying for the signs and doing all the work (with some friendly help). I'm hoping at the very least the land turns out to be worth a lot more than I paid...   I have been planning on putting a course in the area for 2 years and have enough money now to do it.  Anyone know how much land I'll NEED in order to have a championship level course?  I have 27 acres and it is all or mainly dry. I kinda figured it is enough.  Also, is there a place that sells 18 baskets at a discounted rate?  I'd like to install top of the line everything from signs and pads to baskets...  I have a the wood to frame my pads, the wood posts for the signs, the poles and locks for the baskets, a tractor, and a sweet hookup on the signs at cost...  Questions  are: What is a good price on 18 baskets?  How do I become a dealer of discs, like Innova? Do I need to insure the course against someone pressing charges if they were to get hurt?  Is there any way around that if I do?  Any Tax breaks to be had? More questions coming thanks!

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I would definetly try to get some help from a local pro. Make sure you have big pads and a mix of open and tight fairways. Ive wanted to be a part of something like that for a while. But instead of one nice course we have two little, okay courses. Im pretty sure you need insurence if it is a private course or players need to sign a waiver or somthing. Good luck!
Man i dont have advice but am insanely jealous. First thing i think i'd do if i won the lotto :)
as far as baskets check out ...Discking1.com, best on the market and for a good price. 27 acres is more than enough for 18, good enough for 24 or 27 if you lay them out right. Layout the bebst course you can then get a pro to walk through it and ask for tips or help on final changes. GL with everything! the more the bettter!
More important to get help from an experienced course designer than just any pro. For PDGA course design resources, look here: http://www.pdga.com/course-development
First and foremost, put your ego in your pocket.
Great that you can do this, but in the long run when you seek help from those that are more experienced the final product is so much better.
Disc golfers will come play a course once, if it is too easy who says they will come back.
And try to design for 3 levels of play. Beginner, Advanced & Elite.
Multi pin locations (move the basket around to change the look) and at least 2 tee pads.

In reality this always can't be done at once, but work towards that evolution.
Good luck.

And also, not every pro is a great designer.
Don't get too many people involved. Don't design by committee.
Don't worry about pleasing your friends.

If you have the cash: there is Houck (Texas), Hosfeld (Florida), Duvall (South Carolina-Innova) to name a few designers.
Bill Leslie might be able to answer your question about insurance. he's a great dude who owns two grey hares course at Sipapu NM.
Bill & Sue Leslie
Home: (505) 587-2087

or his website:
I'm only posting his number because it's listed on the PDGA site and on his site as well, and he's a super awesome dude who will be happy to help answer some of your questions.
and his course is pretty awesome too.

I have a friend with about the same amount of land in Celina,TX looking at doing a private course also but he hasn't reached the point of being ready to buy baskets , but I'm glad you mentioned the insurance issue so I can point it out to him.
good luck!
cudos to you friend, i wish i could build a course or even just help plan it, but i would say the amount of land you have is more than enough for a well thought out course (maybe even for a not so well thought out one haha) but like i've seen before have a few pin positions so the course doesn't become memorized by the frequent players, with your signs make sure there is a way to distinguish which location the basket is in though (it sucks trying to guess) any who as far as your more technical questions if i were to start one out and wasn't sure about things i would find the designer/builder of a local course and sit down with them and talk about their plans, ideas, and things they would to to improve (if anything) on what they currently have so that way you have some starting ground than go and ask other builders and designers than more course related things, ask the golfers their suggestions as far as what would make a good course and from there you can put together an awesome work of art
Dan Doyle of Warwick, NY and J. Gary Dropcho of Pittsburgh are the most experienced designers in that area.
I responded a couple of times to this Thread last night..but deleted them as I was overtly rude in my responses.

What I will say...is something seems a little odd in the statements made and questions asked here.

as far as 27 acres goes with today's Championship standards.....27 acres is tight but a decent course layout is more then possible...with multiple tee's...seek help through Chuck's link...do not attempt to squeeze 27 holes on 27 acres and call it championship level...I about spit coffee all over my computer when I read that.
The PDGA HQ at the IDGC is on 90 mostly wooded acres with three Championship 18-hole courses. The longest course (Jackson) probably covers 30 acres with the Warner on 25 and the Steady Ed on 23-25 with the rest for the HQ building, parking lot and warm-up area.
They squeezed all that on 90 acres....Go figure....most have been professionally designed : )
With a man made lake

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