Originally Posted by captain jack
I bet a ten year old kid with basic disc golf skills could design a course just as well as one of these so called "Professional Course Designers".
I designed a small 9 hole (5 acre course) with limited resources and only about a year of disc golfing experience. My intention was to build the most difficult and fun course possible with as many unique shots as possible. That being said I paid absolutely no attention to multiple groups using the course at the same time as I didn't anticipate that kind of use, so it probably might not play very well under those circumstances. The most fun and important part of designing the holes consisted of days and weeks of throwing to different natural targets from different tee locations to see wich lines would be the best. The basket and tee ideas were continually improved upon after every natural target round. Looking back on my course design after seeing many other courses and playing more disc golf I am sure I could have improved on quite a few things but it turned out pretty good. It would have been much harder to design a course to handle a regular flow of people. Course design is definitely a skill that is developed through practice. I have way more respect for course design after trying it. It's one of those things that is easy to critique but until you have actually tried it you don't really know how much work and creativity are required for creating a unique, useable, and challenging course.
P.S. The one complaint I heard about my course from anyone who played it was from Captain Jack who didn't like the length of walks from the baskets to the next tee. Other than that though I think it was okay with him.