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Forum: General Disc Golf Chat 10-20-2020, 09:31 AM
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Poll: Par Talk
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Posted By johnrhouck
It probably doesn't need to be said, but: we...

It probably doesn't need to be said, but: we should all remember that things like thick rough, mandos, and road OB can make for better scoring spreads, but good scoring spreads do not necessarily...
Forum: Course Design 10-14-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
I'm curious what people make of this. I was...

I'm curious what people make of this. I was looking at USDGC scores and noticed the huge difference between high and low round scores for individual players.

Someone has already noted that...
Forum: Course Design 10-01-2020, 04:01 AM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
Agreed, Scott. I did a piece about that a couple...

Agreed, Scott. I did a piece about that a couple years ago for the PDGA magazine. These days money and staff come first; course quality is further down the list.



Amen.



All true. But...
Forum: Course Design 09-28-2020, 05:40 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
Well said throughout, Curly, and amen to that...

Well said throughout, Curly, and amen to that last part especially. Good to hear from you, as always.
Forum: Course Design 09-26-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
It is important to make courses more challenging...

It is important to make courses more challenging for pros -- the question is how. You know I'm on the record as not being a fan of rope/string/paint for that purpose.



So what I'm getting form...
Forum: Course Design 09-24-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
It’s pretty down hill and will play more like low...

It’s pretty down hill and will play more like low 200’s. I’m sure a lot of people will keep the putter in the bag and opt for a disc that fades hard on a righty forehand or left backhand. You’re...
Forum: Course Design 09-23-2020, 05:20 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
OK, here's your first update. Very excited about...

OK, here's your first update. Very excited about this course.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CFfRJAzpv-B/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Forum: Disc Golf Courses 09-16-2020, 10:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,091
Posted By johnrhouck
Looks like this course almost had a problem. ...

Looks like this course almost had a problem. Crazy.

https://kval.com/news/local/sheriff-springfield-man-tried-to-start-fire-at-dexter-frisbee-golf-course-this-week
Forum: Course Design 09-15-2020, 11:18 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
Apology accepted, of course. Don't give it...

Apology accepted, of course. Don't give it another thought. Thank you.



I appreciate your insights and the value of your experience. So help me understand. When you say "wide spacing of...
Forum: Course Design 09-14-2020, 09:53 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
Thanks for the information and the link, Rob. ...

Thanks for the information and the link, Rob. I'm looking forward to reading it.



That is true. I've learned over the years to include, whenever, possible, "insurance trees" that can take...
Forum: Course Design 09-14-2020, 02:25 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
Fascinating question, Eric. I've seen that you...

Fascinating question, Eric. I've seen that you posted on the current thread called "So you want to make the basket smaller for Pros? Here's how we do it."...
Forum: Course Design 09-14-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
Funny you should ask. I'm happy to report that...

Funny you should ask. I'm happy to report that work at Agape has kicked into high gear, and I'll probably start posting new photos on Instagram and Facebook in the next couple weeks. Several of the...
Forum: Course Design 09-14-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
Mando, the idea that wider fairways on a course...

Mando, the idea that wider fairways on a course like Jackson might lead to windthrow problems is a new one to me, so I'm eager to know what you have to say.

I am working on a course where, in...
Forum: Course Design 09-14-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
I completely agree, Rob. I always want to be...

I completely agree, Rob. I always want to be improving as a designer, and part of that is education. Always happy to learn something new -- in fact I've learned several things in the last 24 hours,...
Forum: Course Design 09-08-2020, 11:17 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
Working on an answer for you next, Mando. ...

Working on an answer for you next, Mando. Spoiler alert: I'm not ready to discuss "exactly," but I can give you "conceptually." Thanks.
Forum: Course Design 09-08-2020, 03:00 AM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
Bill, nice job getting photos on short notice. ...

Bill, nice job getting photos on short notice. Very helpful.

It sure does look like removing that left tree would give players incentive and opportunity to play left, and I'd imagine fewer drives...
Forum: Course Maint. & Equipment 09-07-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 2,521
Views: 108,274
Posted By johnrhouck
Exactly. But I think it is doable, as my...

Exactly. But I think it is doable, as my examples are meant to show.



Thank you very much. I really appreciate that.



There are all kinds potential unintended consequences with smaller...
Forum: Course Design 09-02-2020, 12:26 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
OK, I'm back (for today). That last week lasted...

OK, I'm back (for today). That last week lasted two weeks -- sorry to be away so long.

Here's my answer #2 for you, Bill. I understand that a tee move may be impractical, but let's continue with...
Forum: Course Design 08-21-2020, 02:11 AM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
Glad someone was paying attention -- thanks,...

Glad someone was paying attention -- thanks, Mando. That's an important question. I'll answer it probably sometime next week. Thanks for your patience.
Forum: Course Design 08-20-2020, 03:24 AM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
OK, Bill. Enough questions – time for some...

OK, Bill. Enough questions – time for some answers. Please bear with me, as my time is very limited right now, and my answer will probably take multiple posts over multiple days.

Answer #1 is my...
Forum: Course Design 08-18-2020, 04:37 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
Great answers, Bill. And thanks for pointing out...

Great answers, Bill. And thanks for pointing out the photos here on DGCR. They raise one more quick question: is the Gold tee in the photo the same as Blue, or is it something else?
Forum: Course Design 08-17-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
Thanks, Bill. Now we're almost through with the...

Thanks, Bill. Now we're almost through with the information-gathering stage. New questions:

1. Was everyone in the group playing from the tee that was best for their skill levels? And how rare...
Forum: Course Design 08-14-2020, 10:56 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
That's a great thought, Bill. Have fun tomorrow,...

That's a great thought, Bill. Have fun tomorrow, and I'll await your report.
Forum: Course Maint. & Equipment 08-14-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 2,521
Views: 108,274
Posted By johnrhouck
It IS extremely hard, but it is still possible to...

It IS extremely hard, but it is still possible to make good, fair holes where players hit C1 less than 20% of the time and hit C2 less than 60% of the time. Here are two examples from the recent...
Forum: Course Design 08-14-2020, 07:00 PM
Replies: 987
Views: 169,695
Posted By johnrhouck
I think a (biological) barrier might be a good...

I think a (biological) barrier might be a good answer, Rastnav, with the goal being that the "good" bushes or trees would stop shots before they got into the "bad" briar area. But there are a couple...
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