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Gary F

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Length of PAR?
« on: August 27, 2006, 08:12:19 AM »
I have just recently started playing again, (last played 6 years ago), and have been enjoying some of the local courses; Rosedale, Water Works. While Rosedale is clearly defined as to Am and Pro par's, WW is not. Can anyone tell me if there is a standard rating system for Disc Golf Courses based on length of hole?

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2006, 10:14:38 AM »
I don't know of a standard par based upon length of hole because that still wouldn't be very accurate. Even a short hole could have a higher than average par depending on the complexity.

A good rule of thumb is to figure a par three for pro/competetitive play and a par four for public/recreational play on most any course.

Par in disc golf, unless determined using average strokes per hole over a broad cross section of players, tends to be more for scoring purposes. It's easy to count your score up if you call an entire course a par 54. Just count the score on holes that you didn't get a three on and add or subtract from 54 to get the score. At least that's the way I look at it.
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2006, 02:01:01 PM »
We've used par 54 for years because courses have been designed very short and it's easy to keep score.

There are documents that show how to make an official course par for your course.  Mostly they are based upon actual tournament scores that have been played at the course.  There is a spreadsheet that can be used to calculate it for yourself if you have a group of players with PDGA ratings that play on the course.  There is also a document that estimates par according to length and density of foliage, but subtleties such as elevation and OB does not factor in.

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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2006, 03:57:56 PM »
here's the document mentioned earlier.  It takes into consideration length and growth, not elevation, OB, width, etc.  It's a decent place to start.

http://www.pdga.com/documents/PublicPar.pdf
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2006, 07:37:31 PM »
I would like to thank everyone for their input. I will stick with the simple approach for now. My group continues to grow. lIf anyone is inr=terested in joining us, we are usually at Water Works around 10:00 am on Mondays.

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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2006, 11:12:40 AM »
http://www.kansasdiscgolf.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1251

http://pdga.com/competition/ratings/CalcWCPtemp200.xls


These are a couple of threads that I went into detail on the subject.  Enjoy.