Thinking about developing a new Disc Golf course? Great! Some of the key considerations you will need to think about are:
• Space – Typically you will be able to fit 1-2 holes per acre, 1 hole for Pro level courses, even up to 3 holes per acre for recreational courses in wooded areas.
• Abilities – Decide what level you are aiming for; Beginners, Advanced or Pro if space permits. It may be possible to achieve all three with the use of multiple tee configurations.
• Number of holes – Most courses are 9 or 18 holes and all tend to be divisible by 3, but any number can be used. For PDGA sanctioned events 13 is a minimum number for a round. Dual tee 12-hole courses can provide a way of getting additional holes into a smaller space.
• Hole length – Holes can be as short as 50m and as long as 200m depending one what ability level the course is aimed at. You should consider the balance of holes – such as long, short, open, narrow, left to right, right to left, elevation changes.
• Obstacles – Flying discs need things to fly around, maintained parkland with trees and bushes or more natural woodland can both provide great natural fairways for Disc Golf holes
• Safety – The course should always be safe and avoid the risk of injuring other disc golfers and users such as dog walkers, joggers etc. Tees and targets should be far enough from the targets and fairways of other holes and avoid high traffic areas.
• Tees – Ideally tees will be approximately a 1.2m x 3m area, marked by 1 or 2 posts and a sign with hole number, par, distance and preferably a schematic of the hole. Tees should have an even surface and be as level as possible. Astro-turf or concrete tee pads can be installed to prevent erosion, dependant on the level of usage. Allow some space for follow through in front of tee.
• Targets – PDGA approved metal baskets must be used for PDGA sanctioned events. Custom fabricated targets for sale or on public land must not violate any patents.
• Signage – Include a sign explaining the rules of play and a course map near the first tee. Directional signage from each target to next tee should be included where needed. Out of Bounds areas should be marked.
For the successful design and installation of your Disc Golf course you will need input from an experienced course designer. Visit one of our sponsor web-sites for more information, guidance and to arrange a site survey.
Further information is also available here: www.pdga.com/course-development
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