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Old 01-05-2009, 10:52 AM
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Hello, I am wondering what type of upgrades too a course would be a good idea...

Any thoughts suggestions.. of course being $$$ friendly is key...
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:58 AM
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Well, what is the current setup of the course?
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:28 AM
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long open holes and short technical holes.. we are thinking about lining some of the shorter holes with an OB line on each side to offer more of a challenge... currently trying to get some ideas from other courses that I have seen online and in person..

I guess a good question would be.. what would make a great OB line?
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:34 AM
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long open holes and short technical holes.. we are thinking about lining some of the shorter holes with an OB line on each side to offer more of a challenge... currently trying to get some ideas from other courses that I have seen online and in person..

I guess a good question would be.. what would make a great OB line?
IMO, don't just put an OB in just to make it harder. I think that OB should only be used for safety concerns and for protection of areas that need to be off limits. If I were you, I would consider adding and alternate pin placement before just arbitrarily creating OB, the same goes for Mandos.
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Sorry I should have clarified again, the OB does need to be there for safety purposes as there is a walking path about 50 ft behind the basket and too the left side of the tee is a campground.... there is plenty of tree cover to the left, but it is possible a disc could slip through and land in the general area. Adding an OB here would make players think twice about going this route IMO.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:23 PM
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If the goal is to make the course more of a challenge then arbitrary OB's and mandos can be agreed upon by the members of a group of players without permanent markings. Improvements like signs, benches, trash cans or general clean up are cheap and benefit all who play the course. PA Disc's idea for alt pins is excellent.
OB lines are usually defined by permanent things like streets, sidewalks, creeks or lakes. Ropes or hay bales (like at the USDGC) are temporary and wouldn't last long if left in place.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:30 PM
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Sorry about that, got distracted and posted after your clarification. Landscape timbers or old railroad ties may work for what you need. The ones we use are anchored to the ground with rebar and they stay put pretty well. If there are any tree trunks laying around you can put them to some good use for this too. As to the campground, plant a tree or two and designate them as mandos to avoid decapitating any campers.
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If you want a visual OB, survey stakes work well painted white or yellow. If the basket is right near the path, I would seriously consider moving the basket.

As for general improvements, signage, score cards, tees, trash cleanup are all rather inexpensive. Signage is probably the most expensive depending on how you do it.

Hands down the best "improvement" would be to add additional sleeves for alternate placements, there by eliminating any potential safety conflicts and may eliminate the need for OB or Mandos.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:36 PM
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Thanks guy, I appreciate your input.. the only problem I have with landscape timbers is maintenence for the local mowing crew..
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Yeah, they might get a bit annoyed. Is the course on the campground property?
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