Cover photo scanned from the 1986 PDGA Course Directory.
Gathering course information outside of the United States has always been a challenge. For those who enjoy statistics, the 1984 Course Directory had six Canadian courses, two of which were misidentified temporary courses. 1986 listed an additional eight Scandinavian courses. The 1990 directory had 32 non-US courses, in 1993, the number went up to 50. Two years later in 1995 the number broke triple digits with a total of 110. In 2002, the total grew to 219, and then to 337 in 2007. At the end of 2011, there were 499 non-US courses in the PDGA Course Directory. At the end of 2015, there were 1113 active courses, and that number continues to grow.
My name is Eric Vandenberg #3089 and I am the Archivist of the PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory. In 2012, aided by PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory Editor Cliff Towne #5450, I started what has become several projects to find and track disc golf courses and have compiled a database of known disc golf courses by course list and directory. In the process, several interesting documents have come to my attention which have helped to narrow down the installation dates for many of these courses. The following is a brief history of disc golf course lists and directories as I know it and a list of the earliest 5 or so courses by state.
Did you just play a course that is not in the PDGA Course Directory? Have you played a course for years that isn't in the course directory? Have you thought "Wow, why doesn't someone add that course in there?" Have you complained on a discussion board about how everyone else in the world is not adding that dang course? Did you even know that you can add a course to the PDGA Course Directory yourself? Well you can!
The PDGA is pleased to let you know about a new opportunity that has come our way. A new, free website launched on November 17th – called PublicEarth – and it is a great way for people to discover cool places and interesting things to do –like play disc golf.