Course Development

Showcasing Your Land

Terrain Highlight

A unique disc golf course offers a variety of obstacles, routes, and terrain. A good variety of features will promote more play, leading to an increase in course feedback and visits from locals and beyond.

Opportunity Oversight

Opportunity lies in the unlikeliest of places when it comes to a truly unique disc golf environment. Floodplains, highly wooded areas, and extreme terrain differences all offer great opportunities for a disc golf course.

Promote Your Park

With disc golf growing at such a rapid rate, there are more and more opportunities to promote your course and park. With multiple disc golf course review sites, it’s becoming commonplace for potential players to check out the features of a course before they plan their trip. Hosting a grand opening event is a great way to publicize your efforts in conjunction with hosting various disc golf events. Small disc golf clinics or charity events are the foundation of gaining positive publicized traction with your newly installed course.

Course Activities

Recreational Play

Recreational play is likely to account for well over 50% of your course traffic. With recreational play accounting for such a high volume of course usage, it becomes increasingly important for the course to be well laid out, offering efficient flow and clear and concise direction for new disc golfers to navigate the course.

Weekly Leagues

Weekly league events are a great way to increase your course traffic. Weekly leagues can be sanctioned by the PDGA and can boost the player’s rating by playing well in the event. With weekly scheduled events, word of mouth will eventually transpire into an increasing attendance. Often times, weekly leagues will promote a disc golf camaraderie that will encourage players to meet new people as well as promoting course maintenance and charity work.

Tournament Play

Disc golf tournaments can single handedly raise the awareness of your disc golf course and its unique features. With the right course and event, a disc golf tournament can attract not only local players, but players from all over the country, and even beyond. Events can range from single round, to multi-day events, inviting players to join your community for the day, or even the weekend. The community and course will benefit tremendously from either circumstance.

Many events are hosted and ran by local clubs and organizations. Generally, events are hosted in cooperation with your local parks and recreation department which allows for more efficient park preparations and an “all hands on deck” approach at making your disc golf course and experience a memorable one for your event.

A Tourism Approach

If your plan is to host a major event, you can also plan on boosting your communities tourism income. At the 2016 Glass Blown Open, 1,145 players played on six courses, tremendously boosting the community’s economy. The more courses your area features, the more players you will be able to facilitate; in turn, this generates maximum course exposure and the likelihood that your event will be a success from year to year!

Bowling Green, Kentucky has built 10 disc golf courses in their park system. They annually host an amateur disc golf tournament each year with 500-900 players. As an area installs more courses, the possibilities for bigger events, and the economic impact that comes with it, continue to expand.

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