Lucky Disc Golf Course Design
Brandon "Mook" Merzlock - Course Designer
I started playing disc golf in Wisconsin in 1997. Lime-Kiln Park was my first throw on an actual disc golf course with a cheap plastic lid. The course winded through trees and down by the river. It was beautiful and I was hooked. When I moved back to Idaho I was immediately involved with disc golf promotion and course development. I never asked for anything monetary in exchange for the thousands of hours of volunteer work that I did. I loved the game and the people and wanted to see the game I loved grow and grow.
While I admit, there aren't a great amount of permanent disc golf courses with my name on them as a designer, there are many courses that I have designed that are permanent and that were used as tournament only courses. Needless to say, I have the vision, creativity, and experience to design all types of disc golf courses that will be sustainable for many years to come.
My Design Philosophy
Earlier in the days of disc golf, we were happy with a 200 - 300 foot hole where we could launch a drive up near the basket and putt it in for an easy birdie. Those days have been changing. With newly designed discs we can throw farther than we ever could before. Although there are different types of disc golf course that target different skill levels, one philosophy remains constant - risk. I am not talking about injury risk. I'm talking about that feeling you get in the back of your throat when you have a body of water, tree, rock, gully, drop off, or out-of-bounds area sitting right in front of you and the last thing you want to do is hit it, land in it, or roll down it. I want that element to be in every throw.
I believe the game of disc golf should be played on an imaginary chess board between your ears. Instead of mindlessly "throwing at the basket", I want you to intentionally place a shot in a certain area of the hole that will allow you to have a favorable 2nd, 3rd, or 4th shot, because there will be par 3's, 4's, and 5's. Those who decided to risk going for the basket will certainly be rewarded on a great shot, but the wiser disc golfer will know better.
I believe that if you are designing a course for any other reason than to have fun than you have sorely mistook what sports and games are all about. If you are not having fun on the disc golf course, than what are you there for? I design my courses with the most fun ideas in mind. I could design the longest and most difficult courses in the world. Who is going to play them? I want to grow the sport! I want that first time player to feel the same thing that I did the first time I stepped on a tee and understood what a great and addicting sport this truly is. I want them to come back for more!
Most importantly, the course needs to be safe. Many disc golf courses are multi-use areas. These courses need to be safe for the disc golfer and for any other person that might be in the vicinity of a thrown disc. This means well designed hole concepts and clear and concise signage.
Disc Golf Club Coordination
It is my absolute goal to work in conjuction and transparency with any and all local disc golf clubs and affiliates. Any disc golf course designed by Lucky Disc Golf Design will recieve a monetary donation to that course's nearest club for their efforts in promoting the sport. I have the experience to find opportunities and budgets for new disc golf development. Please use me as a resource.
Please feel free to reach out to me at any time! Any analysis for a new disc golf course is absolutely free! We include any design hours, installation labor, and materials in our proposals. We also host a complimentary Grand Opening event at the new course once it is completed!