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A DISC GOLF REVOLUTION IS UPON US
DISC GOLF COURSE DESIGN: Inscribing Lifestyle into Underutilized Landscapes By Michael G. Plansky
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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... More > 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. Guidelines & recommendations are given.< Less
DISCOURSE ACADEMOS: 5 activist essays on the disc golf phenomenon By Michael G. Plansky
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5 essays on efforts to promote and develop disc golf as a unique lifestyle sport. The Disc golf phenomenon has been evolving for nearly 40 yrs now, and it's time that the rag-tag legions of... More > recognized disc golf enthusiasts take the reins. A roots movement of activists sharing experience and vision will develop the branch structure necessary to weather the influence of mainstream media when they discover that disc golf may mean dollar signs. From Carson City Nevada to the IRS to the Cal Poly Pomona Space Activators! to Sci-Fi fantasies to Guradians of The Trees, these essays span the 5 years I went back to school for landscape architecture. The capstone of my interest in disc golf as regenerative recreation was my thesis: Disc Golf Course Design: Inscribing Lifestyle. These academic writings trace the activism of one disc golfer's pursuit of better design. What do you see in disc golf's future? The olive grove of Academos awaits! Fling away.< Less