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Old 11-21-2012, 02:59 PM
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I posted this earlier on the forums and was told that here might be a good place to post as well(:


I am currently in the process of getting a disc golf course in the southern san diego area. I have scoped out an area that i believe would be nice (what do i know). But i have emailed the city and they told me that the area was dedicated open space and i would have to work around the regulations of the MHPA. I looked up the MHPA and they state that in dedicated open space there may be low impact activities such as hiking, biking, equestrian (really? horses are low impact?) , etc. Have any of you guys built courses on low impact lands? How can I work around this? Any ideas on my disc golf course progression or next steps is appriciated! Thanks.
Smook, I think the PDGA has crossed this bridge already. Let me see what I can find out from HQ, or maybe Chuck can tell us. I'll get back to you. Thanks for the question.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:03 PM
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Hey John, I heard awhile back that you were going to design a course in Kemah. Is this happening? I'm very interested as it would be my new home course. Thanks!
To the best of my understanding, Kemah has been trying to figure out what to do with this land for many years. It looked like they had finally made a plan they could commit to, but I guess in the end the commission and/or community couldn't agree. So the entire park -- including, obviously, the disc golf aspect -- is in limbo for now. We're hoping it will still happen one day, but for now you'll have to keep the home course you have. Sorry.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:23 PM
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I appriciate it.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:38 PM
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I would check with Snapper Pierson, proprietor of the Morley Field course in San Diego. He's probably tried everything possible over the years to get other courses installed in the area. I think the original course at Oak grove in Pasadena may be on open space so I would also check that out.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:24 PM
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To John or Chuck,
I am excited to say that I have received approval from my boss to begin design on a new course. This course will be located in Los Lunas, New Mexico which is about 20 miles south of Albuquerque along the Rio Grande River. This will be a unique location for us as it will be located in open space land in the "Bosque" which is a large cottonwood forest that runs along the river. All other attempts at putting courses in the Bosque have not been approved in other cities along the Rio Grande as it is a protected forest and due to concerns about fire danger. I have designed a couple of courses on ball golf courses, which is a far easier design job then the one I am working on now. I have questions and any help and advice will be much appreciated.

1. When beginning the design, do you already have a goal in mind in terms of total course distance and par? The piece of land is huge and other than the large cottonwoods and some elm trees, it is relatively clear with an extensive trail system built in. This make the hole possibilities almost endless. My goal is to have it par 60 ish with multiple tee pads.

Sorry for the rambling question. Thank you for your help and I'm sure I will have more questions as I progress further with this project!
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:24 AM
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1. When beginning the design, do you already have a goal in mind in terms of total course distance and par? The piece of land is huge and other than the large cottonwoods and some elm trees, it is relatively clear with an extensive trail system built in. This make the hole possibilities almost endless. My goal is to have it par 60 ish with multiple tee pads.
Over the last 3-4 years, I've been doing mostly championship courses, so I usually hope to have 7-9 par 3's, 7-9 par 4's, and 2-3 par 5's. How it winds up is often a matter of how many par 5's there are, because being able to make that many high-quality par 5's is generally the trickiest part.

Two important notes. First, that's the kind of job I've been getting. If the client wanted something else, then obviously I'd be starting from a different place. Second, it's ultimately the land that will dictate the type of holes. If an area of the property gives you two really nice par threes, I wouldn't be inclined to combine them just because I was hoping to have an extra par four in the big picture.

Hops that helps, and good luck with your project.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:45 PM
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Thanks John. We did the preliminary layout and it is looking like around par 60. Toured the area with the guy who does the GIS mapping for the city plotting the points to get exact distances on the holes. I am beyond excited to get this going! Some of the landscape reminds me of Rolling Meadows (RIP).
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:28 AM
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Some of the landscape reminds me of Rolling Meadows (RIP).
If that's the case, you're starting from a good place. That's also the first thing I thought of when you said "cottonwood." Hope to see it some day.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:05 AM
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What is your experience with redesigning existing courses? Is it better to start from scratch? Do you keep only the best existing holes with possibly some minor tweaks? Or do you work with the original layout as much as possible?

I know this will vary greatly depending on the original design and it's hard to make generalizations. I'm just looking for any advice from John or anyone else who has been down this road before.
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