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Old 07-22-2015, 09:51 PM
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Ski hill course has been approved... now what?

After playing Mont du lac I went to one of my local ski hills and asked if the owner would be into putting in a permanent disc golf course and he was extremely into the idea. 18-36 holes and more worth of space, uphill, downhill, flat land and water hazards etc.

From the get go, we want this course to be a destination for disc golfers in both Canada and the states, most notably those in the northern states nearest to us like MN and WI etc so the course has to be PDGA approved from day one.

I am working along side experienced players and experienced landscapers but there is not a ton of knowledge with regard to course design and even more so in regard to PDGA approved course design.

I am looking for some resources on course design and PDGA approval and also some advice from some designers that have tackled something similar.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:00 PM
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Contact Steve West and Chuck Kennedy they should be able to direct you to the right people in that area or even help themselves.

Edit: Im on my phone but maybe someone else can link their profiles or the designer website thats popular.

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Old 07-22-2015, 10:14 PM
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There's no such thing as official PDGA Approval for courses, at least not yet. You might want to contact Bryan Lagergren who did Mont du lac (if you like what he did). http://www.pdga.com/course-directory...ac-white-cedar
Or Anton Tomonovich who did Giant's Ridge in Biwabik. Not sure if Anton is still doing disc golf though. http://www.pdga.com/course-directory...e/giants-ridge
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:17 PM
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Hmmm... see I was told that there were certain guidelines that had to be met for a course to be PDGA sanctioned/approved etc.. we have a course here that apparently can't get such a title because of the fairways being too close together.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:21 PM
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There are PDGA Guidelines but no one from the PDGA specifically evaluates a course to approve or certify it. Here are the guidelines: http://www.pdga.com/files/PDGA%20Cou...rch%202014.pdf There are a basket guidelines for the tier of a sanctioned event. But most new courses are going in using one of the 30+ Championship level models available.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:26 PM
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We had a cool ski hill course by us that died from lack of maintenance. How many people a day would realistically play? Does the owner really want to mow and maintain 36 holes on a ski hill for ? Is he/she around in the summer?

Also, I go fishing with a bunch of guys in ontario every summer for a week and crossing the border is such a scam that we dont plan to go next year. You cant take more than like one case of beer or one bottle of wine and then they bend you over to buy it in Canada. Potatoes? Nope. CANADIAN night crawlers? No effing way. It feels like a shakedown.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:35 PM
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Maintenance is definitely a concern. From what I understand though, the snow cover is better for skiing in the winter if the grass is mowed a 3-4 times during the summer. The lower hill, cross country areas are sometimes better for a disc golf course that's both championship and rec player friendly.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:41 PM
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Hire an experienced course designer.
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Old 07-23-2015, 12:24 PM
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The ski hill owner will definitely want to hire a designer. The designer will do what is best for the owner. I hate to say it, but the dream/extreme course you and some local players might want may not be what is best for the ski hill. In which case it wouldn't last long anyway.

The owner should interview Bryan, Anton, and Chuck because they have experience on ski hills. If they don't work out, I can be found at my website stevewestdiscgolf.com. I do have experience with courses that need to support themselves in ways other than tax dollars.
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:21 PM
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Problem with course design is that money is gonna be tight. What does a course designer usually run?
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