Elite Gold Championship Courses
HouckDesign Elite Gold Championship courses are the elite tournament courses in the sport. These courses feature full implementation of John’s seven premier principles -- as well as new and innovative features and design concepts -- and they represent the very best design to test player skill. They will have the greatest economic impact due to due to tourism by elite events.
Each fairway is one of a kind, often providing multiple opportunities for a player to approach the shot. Elite Gold Championship Houck courses have groups of players returning for annual visits. John is creating and innovating the sport through this type of design. Elite Gold courses typically require at least 60-70 acres to as much as 90 acres or even more depending on what the client wants to offer and the site plan. This type of course will have significant land features, and the ability to enhance the playing experience (mounds, planted trees, bridges, retaining walls, graded areas, etc.). These courses offer viewing galleries and more for top tier events to accommodate thousands of spectators. Design considers many features to hold an elite event.
Gold Championship Courses
These courses are designed for all grades of players, from beginners through advanced and professional players. Championship courses (par 64 and higher) will draw local players, tournament players, and even disc golf lovers from around the world, including those who regularly plan disc golf vacations. On the upper end, they can host the high level tournaments for the DGPT and the PDGA. This type of course requires a minimum of about 50 acres of land, and the best typically use more than 60 acres.
Classic Championship Courses
These HouckDesign courses are designed with a goal of hosting regional PDGA tournaments or private tournaments, as well as accommodating beginner players up through advanced players who might want to compete in a tournament. These courses will typically have two sets of tees and work best on properties that have some topographical changes and at least moderate tree coverage (or the ability to plant some trees); a water feature like a creek or pond is an asset but is not essential.
This type of HouckDesign course ideally requires 35-50 acres of land and would draw in regional tourism, national tourism, and even international tourism as it has potential to host standard to mid-level tournaments. The better the quality of the land features, the more creative John Houck can be with in tailoring the design to the unique features of your property. Again, your ability to do some tree planting and/or minor landscaping work will only enhance the playing experience and draw greater numbers of players. This level of design offers greater lodging potential than a community course and has greater revenue potential across the board, in part due to tournament play and from the increased tourism that comes with the HouckDesign name.
Classic Championship Courses add the ability to draw out-of-town players for competitive events, and they’ll attract non-competitive players who are willing to travel to play superior courses. These courses can have a par as high as 64.