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Forum: Rules Questions & Discussion Today, 12:18 PM
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Posted By DavidSauls
Next: Summer days tend to be warmer than winter...

Next: Summer days tend to be warmer than winter days, in the U.S. Then, clouds are usually higher than oceans. There's no end to what we might learn, with enough statistical analysis.
Forum: Rules Questions & Discussion Today, 11:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 281
Posted By DavidSauls
Otherwise, what's the point? I'm pretty sure...

Otherwise, what's the point? I'm pretty sure we're all in agreement than the MPO division, on average, plays better than the FPO. Are you setting up a trans- debate, or one supporting unequal...
Forum: Rules Questions & Discussion Today, 11:20 AM
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Views: 281
Posted By DavidSauls
(1) Nor are people checked for reproductive...

(1) Nor are people checked for reproductive anatomy when they register with the PDGA.

(2) I stand corrected, and educated, on the baby testing, and amend my statement to "very few".
Forum: Rules Questions & Discussion Today, 10:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 281
Posted By DavidSauls
Bearing in mind that no one is checked for...

Bearing in mind that no one is checked for chromosomes at birth, and there is more variety than XX/XY.
Forum: Disc Golf Courses Today, 07:17 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 18,596
Posted By DavidSauls
I wouldn't put a whole lot of stock into the...

I wouldn't put a whole lot of stock into the "dates played" part. Anyone who joins or gets around to putting a bunch of previously-played courses in, is likely to use the same or similar dates for...
Forum: Disc Golf Courses Yesterday, 10:45 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 15,675
Posted By DavidSauls
I look at ratings and reviews as advisories to...

I look at ratings and reviews as advisories to other disc golfers. So I consider how much I like the course myself, and how much I think other disc golfers will like it. And by "other golfers", my...
Forum: Disc Golf Courses Yesterday, 09:55 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 15,675
Posted By DavidSauls
Of course, there's a limit to how much over your...

Of course, there's a limit to how much over your head a course can be before it becomes too much, and that will vary for everyone. But I suspect the fun range extends higher above our skill level,...
Forum: Disc Golf Courses Yesterday, 02:45 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 15,675
Posted By DavidSauls
I'm not sure, but I think one reason the...

I'm not sure, but I think one reason the higher-skill-level courses rank higher is this:

It's more fun playing a course over your head, than under it.

If a white level player plays a gold level...
Forum: Rules Questions & Discussion Yesterday, 08:45 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,127
Posted By DavidSauls
We don't have different rules for every hole. ...

We don't have different rules for every hole.

Designers have all sorts of tools at their hands -- from deciding on distance, to removing or leaving trees, to determining ground rules (what is or...
Forum: Rules Questions & Discussion Yesterday, 06:35 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,127
Posted By DavidSauls
The players have a caddy book, and plenty of time...

The players have a caddy book, and plenty of time to read it.

The danger is that the rule won't be clearly written in the caddy book, leading to confusion. But after that, it's on the players to...
Forum: Rules Questions & Discussion 05-25-2022, 10:12 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,127
Posted By DavidSauls
Part of the problem may be our use of the term...

Part of the problem may be our use of the term "out of bounds". We use it for a boundary, but also within the field of play, for hazards that may cross the fairway (creeks, roads) or be completely...
Forum: Course Design 05-24-2022, 07:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 901
Posted By DavidSauls
I agree. And some artificial obstacles are more...

I agree. And some artificial obstacles are more aesthetically acceptable than others. I've certainly seen some awful ones.
Forum: Course Design 05-24-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 901
Posted By DavidSauls
At Earlewood, the ancient course I began on in...

At Earlewood, the ancient course I began on in the mid-90s, we planted replacement trees for integral trees that died. One of the replacements had a wooden structure in front, to defend it, for a...
Forum: Course Design 05-24-2022, 03:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 901
Posted By DavidSauls
How about INTENTIONALLY leaving a tree, to deny a...

How about INTENTIONALLY leaving a tree, to deny a specific shot?

I don't see the distinction between creating a design by subtraction (cutting trees until you're left with the route you want) or...
Forum: Course Design 05-24-2022, 01:52 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 901
Posted By DavidSauls
Another angle: Many holes, particularly on...

Another angle:

Many holes, particularly on wooded course, are designed in such a way that a lefty backhand hyzer can't be used. Or that a righty backhand hyzer can't be used. (Or, I guess, that...
Forum: Course Design 05-24-2022, 12:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 901
Posted By DavidSauls
....I'll add that we have another hole with a...

....I'll add that we have another hole with a basket perched on a ridge of earth (remnants of an old roadbed). We considered placing the basket behind that ridge, for similar reasons as the hole...
Forum: Course Design 05-24-2022, 11:39 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 901
Posted By DavidSauls
Being a co-designer, I can answer about the hole...

Being a co-designer, I can answer about the hole in the photo I attached.

With this caveat: every course should have its audience in mind when designed. My brother and I built a private course,...
Forum: Rules Questions & Discussion 05-24-2022, 07:09 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,127
Posted By DavidSauls
I've thought this, ever since I started in the...

I've thought this, ever since I started in the mid-90s (the "old days" before ropes, etc.). The course I played on had a little-used roadway that was OB, near the basket, and there didn't seem a...
Forum: DGCR Announcements & News 05-23-2022, 04:47 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 23,059
Posted By DavidSauls
15 years? Well, that explains where 96,314 hours...

15 years? Well, that explains where 96,314 hours of my life have gone missing.
Forum: Course Design 05-23-2022, 04:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 901
Posted By DavidSauls
I agree. I haven't seen the example that...

I agree. I haven't seen the example that prompted this post, but I really can't think of a place where I've ever wanted to see a roller blocker.
Forum: Course Design 05-23-2022, 04:06 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 901
Posted By DavidSauls
It's certainly a nicer way to accomplish it. ...

It's certainly a nicer way to accomplish it.

Assuming the bushes are dense enough to form a hedge, and not be scattered to stop some shots, yet let other shots through.

Though there are a...
Forum: Course Design 05-23-2022, 12:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 901
Posted By DavidSauls
So.... We have two creeks. I suppose...

So....

We have two creeks. I suppose they're natural.
We once moved the channel in part of that creek. Was it then artificial?
We paid someone to dam one of the creeks and build a 2.5 acre...
Forum: Course Design 05-23-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 901
Posted By DavidSauls
He's far from the only person who's made a...

He's far from the only person who's made a natural/artificial distinction over the years. My argument is for everyone, to consider what that really means.
Forum: Course Design 05-23-2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 901
Posted By DavidSauls
Devil's advocate. I tuck a tee back in the woods...

Devil's advocate. I tuck a tee back in the woods where overhead branches block overhand shots, am I depriving players of using their skills?

If I design a hole where players can thwart my intent...
Forum: Course Design 05-23-2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 901
Posted By DavidSauls
Fair enough...particular if you throw rollers...

Fair enough...particular if you throw rollers over OB (rollers being the specific instance in this thread).

I frequently play courses with lots of OB -- water and pavement and flags/ropes -- and...
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