Beech Fork Disc Golf Course - Graphic Design and Project Management

My Role: Graphic Designer, Project Manager

Tools: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Inkscape

Timeline: 9 months

The Story: The Beech Fork State Park Foundation wanted to install a family friendly disc golf course in their park. It was the #1 most requested project for the Foundation.

The Problem: The Foundation was new, had no funds, and none of the members played disc golf.

The Outcome: A nine-hole family friend disc golf course was installed at Beech Fork State Park.

Planning and Recruiting Help

As none of the members had actually ever played disc golf or knew the steps required to build a course.

Naturally, the first order of business was to recruit someone who was an expert. Luckily, Beech Fork is nearby to where three-time disc golf world champion, Johnny Sias lives and owns two of his own courses. I reached out through our local disc golf association and they put me in contact with Mr. Sias, and he agreed to help us design the course!

It took several months and several iterations to come to a design that met all of the requirements and was approved by the Park. During the planning process, Mr. Sias also designed for future expansion into a full 18 hole course.

This map design was completed by one of Mr. Sias's aquaintances.


One of the challenges, the Foundation faced was a lack of funds. The State Park agreed to provide part of the funding and the rest was raised through hole sponsorships.

Mr. Sias was invaluable when it came time to sell the sponsorships. We opened sales on December 16, 2018, and with Mr. Sias's connections, all holes were sponsored by December 20th. We raised a total of $3,400 in four days.

The Signs

I designed nine tee signs for the Beech Fork State Park Foundation.

I walked the course and hand-drew all the maps. Then I translated the drawn maps into a printable medium with Adobe Illustrator. The pars were provided by the course designer, Johnny Sias. I incorporated the previously created logo at the top. I worked with the printers at King Custom Graphics in Barboursville, WV to print the signs on aluminum blanks.

These are my high-tech pencil doodles of the course.

The Finished Signs

The Custom Discs

The Park decided they wanted custom disc to have available to rent in their camp store.

I reworked the logo into a workable pleasant format using Adobe Photoshop and Inkscape.

The discs were hot stamped by Innova Discs onto a variety of Innova discs.

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