Family Fun To Serious Sport

Oftentimes, there may be an experienced player in the area who is willing to help.

Many professional course designers can offer a variety of services at a reasonable price. They are familiar with requirements of approved course design, steps to avoid conflicting traffic, and other important elements, especially if tournament use is intended. They can help purchase baskets, discs, etc., create proper course signage, and even oversee construction.

Design The Course

A sample design for the course was probably created when the presentation was made. Now is the time to see if that design is realistic, or whether adjustments need to be made.

In this phase, tee locations are marked, along with basket locations. Out-of-bounds areas are designated, and distance measurements are calculated. A final map design is created and approved.

Order Baskets, Signs, Tees, And Other Equipment

Tee signs need to be created along with any directional signage to help participants find their way around the course. Score cards with maps on the reverse side are helpful as well.

Do Necessary Grounds Work

This will vary substantially depending upon the location of the course. This is one area where park staff will come in handy. Grounds work might include clearing wooded areas to create a fairway for a particular hole or holes, removing brush, and weed-eating.

Install Baskets, Tees, Signs, Etc.

Basket installation depends upon the particular manufacturer from whom the equipment is purchased. In most cases, a base pole is set into the ground in concrete, and the upper part of the basket is installed later with a heavy-duty padlock connecting the two.

Tees can be made from various materials. Most people prefer concrete, but other tee materials include field lime, wood chips, or even natural grass. If the budget will allow for concrete, this is best.

Tee signs can be placed on metal poles or treated 4 x 4s, depending on what looks or works best at that location.

Grab Media Attention

Gaining attention for a new course to recruit funding or players is vital. This can be done through a variety of ways, including a course website and a Facebook page, along with contacting local media. This will assist in the grand opening of a new course.

Open The Course

The opening can include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and perhaps an inaugural tournament or other event. By this time, there will be interested players and curious beginners coming to the course.

A disc-golf course can also be a great enhancement to an existing program, such as a day camp.

Looking for additional information on disc-golf courses? Visit www.dgcoursereview.com for a list of courses in your area, or visit The Professional Disc Golf Association’s website at www.pdga.com.

Bob Carver has been in camp management for the past 33 years. He recently retired as executive director of Camp Allendale in Trafalgar, Ind., to become the camp’s marketing director. He can be reached via e-mail at bob@camp-allendale.org.

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