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We have a great piece of land that has been approved by the city to eventually install a basket course.  But until that happens I want to install a temp object course to get the community excited about the notion of a new course.

Can any one point me in the right direction on how to construct a "tone tube" or have any ideas on what some cheap and legit objects or targets are?

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get some posts and put them in the ground aand cut them to the height of a basket and mark the basket top and youve got temps.....
Any Pictures of Tone Tubes or Tube Tone Poles ?
chaaaching.blogspot.com might help you.Many homemade baskets,ideas, etc.Check their archives years.
Tripod of dead tree limbs with some chains hanging down middle would get that 'tone" .pile of tires for baskets,watch out for biting/stinging creatures taking up residence.You can also "hang chain" from trees or fishing line with weight.
Nature will give you plenty of "object/target" to shoot at with no cost.
I saw a course that used the pipe like buzzz was saying but then bolted a 5 gallon bucket to the top for the actual target. It makes a different sound than hitting just the pole so you know that you got an ace instead of wondering if it hit the bottom of the pole or the top where the target is
Yeah! Those are what I was referring to as "tone tubes"! Is that just sheet metal or something over a pole?
There is a set of plans out on the internet, but i can't find the website. It was a (as I can best remenber) 24 inch piece of 8 inch diameter PVC pipe bolted to a 4 X 4 post. One lag bolt into each side of the 4 X 4, top and bottom, total of 8 bolts. Ask a plumber, they might have a scrap peice they would give to you.
Here is a picture and material list for a tone pole design I found several years ago while searching the internet for DG tone pole designs:

Here is the technical page from the PDGA for Discs and Targets. The information for targets is on page 6 of this PDF. Of course, all the measurements are in centimeters, but I checked and the dimensions noted above on the tone pole picture meet current PDGA guidelines.


If you are going to install multiple pin locations, having a good quality tone pole makes your DGC that much more newbie friendly. If all pin positions have a target in place (be it either a quality tone pole or a target basket), then the player can pick and choose the target they want to throw at. There is a DGC in Wichita, KS that has both target baskets and tone poles installed year round. It is nice to have a choice. Also, it keeps the mower brigade from damaging the extra pin collars that can hide under the grass…if there is a tone pole in the extra collar, then the mowers should not damage that collar.
Sheet metal is used.You can rig up a hanging "tone" using various lenghts of scrap tubes-plastic or metal- wind chim effect.Fishing line with old keys,washers,anything to "ring" the poles.Hoola hoops can be used from a tree,wedged between rocks.depends how "creative" you can be with the surrounding land material available.This will keep your budget expense down to the minimum.
Here's one Donny, it's called a bonkajin. bamboo and a little plywood. http://www.hcdc.us/
Thanks, You Found It!
I couldn't remember where I had seen it.
4X4 posts were legit until the mid 1980s. Santa Cruz had them for quite a while. Tube tones are better as you can hear them when nicked. But if it is just temporary, 4x4 posts are cheaper. The posts can be reused as sign posts to save even more money.

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