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The Art and Business of Course Design Workshop

We welcome Landscape Architects, Park Planners, Disc Golf Players, Disc Golf Course Designers, City Planners and those interested in deepening their knowledge of disc golf course design.

John and DeeJohn & Dee Houck

ABCD workshop: Dayton Ohio, July 29th, 2018

After July 6th $295.00
Earlybird Special $225.00

To register, email us at contact@houckdesign.com

HouckDesign Workshop Introductory ABCD Parts I and II

This workshop is designed such that attendees learn using a variety of exercises. We’ll be covering several important topics, so plan on enjoying yourself while you learn -- participation is encouraged. We present a topic and then you perform the exercise in a different group each time. Everyone gets to present the solutions so there is lot of learning in short amount of time. It’s a fast-paced intense workshop mixed in with humor and fun. Everyone will receive a HouckDesign Certificate for 10 hours credit that can be applied in the future to earn a certification as we develop that process.

The Art & Business of Course Design Workshop registration fee is $295 per person, and includes a workbook, but we are currently offering this workshop at an EARLY BIRD discounted rate of only $225 if you register by July 6th.

Questions or to Register: Call 512-970-9001

Included in the registration fee:

  • Workbook
  • Lunch
  • Prizes (an average of more than one per person, full-color HouckDesign collectors disc, towels, shirts, etc.)
  • All-day Snacks (fruits, nuts, chips, chocolate, etc.)
  • All-day drinks (juice, gatorade, coffee, tea, and water)
  • One design exercise outdoors
  • Certificate of completion, 10 hours towards a future HouckDesign certification or continuing education for park staff (most accept it)

Those who have attended a previous ABCD workshop can take this workshop again at half the current price. That's only $112.50! We will cover similar material, but the experience will be different. We recommend repeating the workshop, and we will offer 5 hours of additional HouckDesign Educational credit towards your HouckDesign certification process once that is created.

At the end of the workshop, everyone usually goes out to dinner together for some social time.

ABCD workshop session

Previous Workshops:

Buffalo, New York, Oct 1, 2017
Pugwash, Canada, Sept 3, 2017
South Lake Tahoe, NV, Aug 12, 2017
Selah Ranch, Mt. Vernon, Texas, June 11-12, 2016
International Disc Golf Center, Appling, Georgia, Feb 26-27, 2016
Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville, New York, Oct 3-4, 2015



7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Coffee, Tea and Introductions

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. HouckDesign Workshop Introductory ABCD Part I

    • First Topic: HDI Principles - John’s Principles for Design
    • Second Topic: 7 Principles for Success as a Course Designer
    • Third Topic: Course Routing – The Right Answer Out of Thousands

1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. HouckDesign Workshop Introductory ABCD Part II

    • Fourth Topic: What is Your Time Worth? Analysis of Design Fees, etc.
    • Fifth Topic: BG to DG: Ball Golf to Disc Golf Concepts and Trends
    • Sixth Topic: Land Features - I Only See Opportunity/How to Make Lemonade

ABCD Workshop participants
HouckDesign Workshop Testimonials

‘Thank you very much John. Your design conference left me more motivated, inspired and confident than I could have imagined. The conference was outstanding, the venue was perfect, and the course at Frost Valley demonstrates just how much you have to teach. This course has been in my thoughts nearly every second - so much more to be observed and learned from the principles that you have designed into this course alone. I look forward to a potential return trip to Frost Valley and getting more in depth with the course and process of philosophy/thoughts/principles/execution of this course. I feel there is so much to learn here, and you are an excellent teacher.’


‘What an incredible opportunity. I'm still working my way home and will have added three more of the top 25 courses to my played list and none of them come close to Frost Valley. Congratulations on another gem John. I hope to continue to learn from you in more depth over the next few years.’


‘I look at the world differently now. A new found confidence with myself and where I can go & what I am capable of doing are a few things you have both left with me. My mind is swirling with ideas & concepts.’


‘My brain has not been challenged like that in quite some time. It was great, thank you both.’


‘Thank you John and Dee for an experience and a weekend I'll never forget. I hope to attend another in the future. I had a great time and the course was absolutely amazing and the most difficult I have ever played. You truly continue to set the standards for our sport.’


‘Thank you so much. You two taught me some much in this short time in the magical Catskill mountains. You truly helped me open up my mind to broader horizons and making myself a better person as well as a disc golfer. So, please, John and Dee, keep on teaching the most informative and comprehensive course design available. I intend on seeing you guys in the future.’

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