DISC GOLF COURSE DESIGN: Inscribing Lifestyle into Underutilized Landscapes
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Disc golf emerged as a lifestyle sport from the countercultural movement of the 60s & its popularity has grown while other postmodern recreation forms have faded or plateaued (Wheaton 2004). As an accessible malleable form of recreation its appeal can be explained by a genius loci elicited from direct engagement & a culture of play. What landscape & cultural characteristics of disc golf make it attractive? Participants in the LA region were given semi-structured interviews at 4 popular courses representing 4 distinct typologies to discover preferences. Demographic results and analysis of interviews revealed an overall reluctance to travel, but a desire for variety. Interviewees also expressed overall enthusiasm for courses developed on underutilized post-industrial sites. Camaraderie at each site was shown to be uniquely shaped by rule-creation through play forms (Callois1961); leveling the field for new players, or creating complexity/challenge for experienced players.... More > Guidelines & recommendations are given.< Less
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Jun 23, 2016Disc Golf Nerds rejoice! You are bound to look the disc golf phenomenon from new perspectives after reading this book. I was a little skeptical of an academic work on disc golf being too dry, and it can drag on if you are not really into understanding the "whys" behind this topic, like me. But the background and literature review sections are enlightening and surprisingly enjoyable to read as well as logically organized. The author recognizes the importance of disc golf as a unique lifestyle sport at a critical point in its growth curve. Flow, the ball golf legacy, culture and accessibility are all carefully considered themes contributing to disc golf popularity. The site-profiles of the 4 courses studied complement the player interviews well (complete interviews in appendix are amusing at times and worth looking through if you have time to kill), and ultimately support guidelines for designing courses in varied settings that consider landscape-health, flow of play,... More > legibility and challenge/reward. Great original graphics throughout! Great foundation for future studies. If you're a true disc golf nerd you won't be disappointed< Less
Jun 23, 2016In his Master of Landscape Architecture capstone thesis “Disc Golf Course Design: Inscribing Lifestyle into Underutilized Landscapes” Michael Plansky posits this lifestyle-sport is growing at an exponential rate. This is the first published academic effort to develop criteria for course design based on accepted principles of social science research. Plansky demonstrates that spatial requirements, ecological impacts, design elements, participant motivations, participant demographics, and other factors influence players’ experience on the disc golf course. Landscape architects and any course designer must understand all the influences on the experience as the need for high quality courses grows with participant numbers. Plansky’s work contributes to a solid foundation of academic research that will help inform designers who can contribute to disc golf’s incorporation into public recreation. Plansky’s work begins with a well-researched exploration of the origins and development of this... More > lifestyle sport. In the following literature review, “play” and “flow” are eloquently discussed as important elements associated with quality disc golf experiences. Plansky’s original research efforts utilized inventory and analysis of four Southern California courses to develop common Course Typologies, and semi structured interviews with 44 players from those four courses to understand contemporary motivations for participating and elements of course design that influence the experience. Plansky clearly translates conclusions from his research into tangible recommendations for course design within his original “playbook”, however his personal opinions regarding course quality are easily spotted as well. But considering the longevity of Plansky’s well-traveled experiences with the game, his own opinions are well informed. Plansky proposes inscribing disc golf courses into underutilized urban landscapes and his research suggests that this practice would be well received by disc golfers. Doing so could provide social, ecological, community, and public health benefits; Plansky deserves to be commended for illuminating this idea on an academic stage. In this work designers have a well-informed reference for creating quality disc golf courses, while academics have a publication that bolsters the foundation of scholarly research on the topic. Furthermore, academics will find the document useful in defining new research questions to explore regarding disc golf course design.< Less
Jun 23, 2016Disc Golf Course Designers have to get this book This book is full of information,it is so well written and illustrated you can see what the evolution of disc golf is and could be. This is a must own book if you have any aspirations to put a disc golf course together for private,but especially for public underutilized lands. It personally has helped me, with showing so many examples of land to use that are like places in my town. Mr. Plansky I thank you , for such an excellent book.
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- Michael G. Plansky (Standard Copyright License)
- Second Edition
- Quality Landscape Architectural Press
- January 8, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 2.49 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.5 wide x 11 tall
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