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Mayor of Semmes Judith Hale (right) receiving a commemorative disc from John Houck (left) and his wife Dee Leekha Houck (middle) at the sneak peak event for The Admiral Disc Golf Course.
Photos By: John O'Dell.

The 100th course designed solely by Disc Golf Hall of Fame member and Master Designer, John Houck #1688, was dedicated to the City of Semmes by Mayor Judith Hale on Sunday, November 6th, 2016 at Semmes Municipal Park in Alabama. John Houck offered a “sneak peek” of the disc golf course to those that wanted to be the first players to set foot on and/or play at the historic venue officially named The Admiral Disc Golf Course. 

Designers, Park Planners, Landscape Architects, and disc golf players from around the country attended the second HouckDesign Art and Business of Course Design (ABCD) workshop at the International Disc Golf Center (IDGC) on Feb 26th and 27th. The IDGC, located in Wildwood Park in Appling, GA, was the perfect location for the workshop, as a HouckDesign course is already on site, the W.R. Jackson Memorial Course, alongside two other championship courses.

View from Hole 1's basket, looking down on the winding fairway (the red tee is visible).

The Frost Valley YMCA, with almost 6,000 acres in the Catskill region of New York, is the biggest YMCA camp in the country.In 2014 they had nearly 40,000 visitors to their amazing property, which is just two hours from Albany and two hours from New York City. This year, they are adding a world class disc golf course to their offerings.

As the players began to arrive into Franklin County, Texas, they were full of excitement and anticipation for a great weekend of competitive disc golf. This event is one of the few big doubles tournaments we see throughout the season, and there truly couldn’t be a more picturesque and inviting environment for the Championship to be held. Not only do players get to unwind in a calming and beautiful country setting, they are able to enjoy some of the most challenging, scenic and highly-regarded courses in the country.

  • Hall of Fame Class: 1998
  • PDGA #: 1688
  • Birth Year: 1960
  • Hometown: Austin, TX, USA

For the first time in the history of disc golf, a three day conference about disc golf course design will be held at the International Disc Golf Center in Appling, GA. The conference will feature presentations from some of the brightest minds in contemporary disc golf course design including the likes of John Houck #1688, Chuck Kennedy #4949, Pete May #12700, and many more. 

Editor's Note: The first annual Global Disc Golf Day will premier in 2016. John and Dee Leekha-Houck will be hosting the 25th annual World's Biggest Disc Golf Weekend.

Have you ever been accused of bringing bad weather with you everywhere you go? We have, and we’re on the verge of actually believing it. At the Memorial Championships, the final round was nearly delayed because of torrential downpour that flooded several of the holes at Fountain Hills. A few weeks later at the Texas State Championships, it was so windy that players were opting to lay up their putts even though they were only 10 feet from the chains. When we returned to Texas this past weekend for the 2014 Amateur Doubles World Championships, we wondered if our bad weather curse would continue.

The first PDGA Major event of the year is right around the corner as this weekend kicks off the 2014 PDGA Amateur Doubles World Championships! The tournament itself doesn’t start until Saturday but there are plenty of activities in the days leading up to it that make the Amateur Doubles World Championships one of the most unique and entertaining disc golf events of the year.

This inaugural Course Design Conference May 3rd-4th, 2014 will bring together several of those veteran designers you have come to know and maybe some newcomers you haven't. Some session leaders will be John Houck, Harold Duvall, Chuck Kennedy, Pat Farrell, Brian Giggey, Tim Kopacz, Allen Colp and Steve West. They'll lead both indoor classroom and outdoor course tour sessions with help from some up and coming designers from around the country and maybe overseas. Presenters are members of the 175-member Disc Golf Course Designers (DGCD) group founded by Steady Ed Headrick, John David, Tom Monroe and Chuck Kennedy. More on the DGCD below.