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Types of Disc Golf Courses

We help you choose the right type of course and layout for your needs and available space. And... we have a vision for great courses!

We also think it is important for the client to decide whether they want the disc golf course to be completely independent or to coincide with hiking and bike trails. We can create a course design that will allow for multi-use while still focusing on safety.

Professional Caliber Courses

Our Professional Course Designs are aimed to become destination courses for players of all skill levels who not only want to play a beautiful course but one that challenges them to the extreme. 

This type of disc golf course will be able to host any level of tournaments sanctioned by the PDGA, including National Tour Events, Majors, and World Championships and disc golfers will travel from all over the world to play the course.  Our professional-caliber courses require a minimum of 25 acres of designated land and ideally have up to 50 acres to ensure longer hole designs with more unique features.

Most of our professional-level course designs have three different tee pads on the majority of the holes with pars ranging from 56 from the short pads to 70 from the longs.  We strive to create diversity in each hole design, allowing for the basket to be approached from different fairways challenging players to make tough choices on the best way to score on the hole.   

Competition Caliber Courses

We design competition courses with the goal of hosting PDGA tournaments or private tournaments, where players of all skill abilities can come together and compete in an official tournament while being challenged by a fun but difficult course to play. 

A competition course typically will require 17 to 25 acres of land and will have a combination of par 3s, 4s, and 5s.  We design competition courses to include at least two sets of tee pads per hole so that the par can range from 54 to 62 depending on what set of tee pads is being used for the round.   A competition-caliber course has a greater revenue potential across the board and will have an impact on tourism. 

When designed properly a competition course will not only be a popular place for locals to play but it will also draw out-of-town players for competitive events and players who are willing to travel a couple of hours to play a challenging, fun course.

Recreational Courses

We design recreational courses for beginners, intermediate players or for competitive players who want a place to practice their short game. Recreational courses are made up of all par 3s which tend to be under 300 feet and are easy to play.

Recreational courses can fit into 5 to 10 acres of land, although allocating more land gives a better opportunity to create a more unique design.  A recreational course is similar to what is known as an executive par-three golf course in traditional golf.  When designed properly, a recreational course can be a lot of fun making it a popular place to play.  Recreational courses generally take less time to design and therefore do not cost as much. 

At the same time adding a recreational course to your property can be an excellent way to offer another outside amenity to serve your clientele plus it can create another source of revenue for your business through disc rentals, disc sales, greens fees, other retail sales and advertising on tee signs/score cards.  

Small Courses, Putting Greens and Practice Areas

We can help clients who are operating on a shoestring budget figure out how to get baskets in the ground.  Whether it is six baskets with three different teepads to make an 18-hole course or a customized practice area in your own backyard we are willing to help.  Please call us if you are interested in exploring even if your property is small or your budget is small.

How to choose the course you need?

The key variables which influence the creativity and uniqueness of our course designs are:

  • Amount of property available for designated disc golf use.
  • The terrain of the property – topographical changes and amount of tree coverage.
  • Natural features and uniqueness of the property – assets like creeks, ponds, old building structures, and diversity of trees and other foliage.
  • Amount of money budgeted for the course and clients commitment to enhance the playing experience by adding features to the course like planting trees, installing bridges or retaining walls, creating mounds or raised basket areas, and grading where necessary.

We think it is best to install courses that are versatile, meaning they have the ability to be played recreational and competitively. This is possible by having at least two different teepads per hole and possibly adding a third to ensure the course can flex into professional play. We also think it is important to have at least one practice basket and ideally a practice area that consists of two to three baskets plus a throwing net for warm-ups before the round. While at the same time many properties and budgets will not allow for what we think is ideal. That is why we listen extremely well to our clients and we always design according to the parameters of our clients.