Old 08-16-2016, 08:37 PM
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I recently finished a seasonal position with the US forest service working on trails. I am also currently finishing up my degree in wilderness and park management. Also, I am a avid disc golf player. My question is what types of degrees/majors would be needed to start a career in designing and building disc golf courses? Where should I look when trying to find a job somewhere in this field? My guess is that it will take lots of experience to get to this point.
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:52 PM
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Not enough work out there, even with the fast growth, to really justify the effort for full-time job. Only worth studying it as a professional for supplemental income. Landscape architecture is probably the closest college discipline to study for a real job. Then, find an experienced designer in your area to learn the ropes of course design and installation. John Houck also has workshops to learn more of the details and business of course design which would be immersion learning for a weekend.
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:52 PM
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Our DGCD designers wiki site is back online and updated with our members, their locations and web sites if they have them.
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:39 PM
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Just do what's done in my area and be the first to sweet talk some parks and rec head with nonsense of disc golf bringing millions of tourism dollars into their town with illustrious pro tournaments, or work for Innova and be named Russell Schwarz. Either way, you'll be well on your way to putting in awful courses in no time!
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Old 08-17-2016, 10:04 AM
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The only way to make a living designing/building courses would be in traditional golf.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:08 PM
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Get a job with these guys:

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Old 08-17-2016, 07:25 PM
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Ahh, everyone wants to be a course designer.
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Originally Posted by glassila View Post
The only way to make a living designing/building courses would be in traditional golf.
Innova Europe had a turnover of 4,3 million euros and a profit of 344k last year. Not huge but they manage to employ 20 people, some of which are of course predominantly focused on selling the DiscGolfPark concept and designing courses. Just making you aware it's happening already.

Having a business degree could be helpful, if anything. Course design primarily comes with experience in the sport, selling the package brings the money in.

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Old 08-18-2016, 03:36 AM
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So what rule covers this?
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Old 08-18-2016, 09:25 AM
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So what rule covers this?
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