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Designing a disc golf course

Decided to design and build out a short disc golf course on our property. I came up with a design for a 7 hole course using 5 baskets. Here’s the design I’m going (until I change my mind).

To build this out, I first used a google map application to rough in the course lines on a satellite image. This was a great way to get a sense for distances on the terrain without a lot of fuss. I ended up with this:

Last night the weather was pretty good so I went out with a couple of discs to play test the layout. I took my phone and logged GPS markers for where I thought the tees and holes should be. I made some changes along the way and took my new maps and points into consideration for creating the final plan.

I then imported the new GPS course points and used a couple of maps to re-draw the course as an illustration. I calculated the final distance and elevation change for each hole. For this course, i won’t construct tee pads but I plan to make signs at each tee with nice illustrations.

Now to buy the first set of baskets!

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Team One, vector reconstruction from trace

After trying to find a place to scan my trace for a few months with no success, i finally decided to scan it in piecemeal and stitch it back together in Photoshop. After i got that done and tweaked the image so measurements were extremely close to 1:1 with the actual playfield, I started vector tracing elements in Adobe Illustrator. It’s been awhile since i spent this much time in Illustrator, and i gotta say that i like the updates—they’ve made it MUCH easier to create these kind of shapes with accuracy.

The idea is that i’m going to trace in all the fundamental playfield elements, then use that as the foundation for the re-theme art/design. So far, i’ve made a huge amount of progress, vectorizing:

  • Holes and playfield cutouts
  • Screw/post/nail holes
  • Keylines around holes and cutouts
  • Keylines for areas below plastics
  • Inserts
  • Pop bumper area placeholder
  • Line showing ball travel from the shooter lane.

Next i’ve got some more elements to scan and/or draw, so that i can lay them in this design as well.

  • Posts
  • Plastics
  • Lane guides
  • Return bumper
  • Ball gates
  • Flippers
  • Ball guides
  • Top metal arch

This is going to be an enormous project but i’m really having a blast.

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