As I said before I am new to this GPS and Garmin world (680). I am I have been playing Frisbee for over 25 years and I travel quite a bit to tournaments etc. The PDGA web site contains the coordinates of the courses and I was wondering if any one see the need for this or would like to help in creating this file?
Hello Frisbee Golfer and welcome!
I had my first Frisbee golfing experience just a couple of years ago, while visiting Michigan. Although I do not practice it often, I can see it would be of interest for anyone that plays regularly, such as yourself, or someone just looking for things to do or outdoor activities.
I am quite busy at work right now to build it myself, but trust me, geocoding is not as hard as it seems, and it's fun, specially since you would incorporate two of your hobbies (Frisbee golfing + GPS . You might want to try the FAQ section. This site is full of great, helpful people that can get you going if you get stuck.
Also, this would be a great opportunity for you to earn your contributor's badge!
You came to the right place to make the most of your GPS receiver. Enjoy
I'm officially reviving this thread.
A nationwide DG map would be wonderful, and could be extracted from the PDGA website's lat/long coordinates, would they be so gracious to donate us that list in Excel format.
Luckily I just moved from Illinois to Oregon and I found (and loaded) this very accurate map from:
Ever lose a bag of gear in Texas?
I have some friends at work that play, none have a gpsr though.
I found this website(http://discgolffusion.com/GoogleEarth/index.htm) that has all the disc golf courses as a kml file for Google Earth, but I am new to creating poi's and have no idea of how I tranfer the Google Earth info to PoiEdit, I cannot get the kml file to open in PoiEdit, if anyone knows how to make this poi or already has one of all the disc golf courses please let me know,
Excellent. Thanks for the link J.
Being new myself, I haven't added any content yet, especially since Poiedit seems to be a PC program and I'm on a mac.
1. Open PoiEdit
2. Go to Tools Tab
3. Select Batch Convert
4. Select Google Earth (*.kml) as Source format
5. Point to Source directory of your KML file
6. Select destination directory
7. If not already showing, select Garmin Comma Separated (*.csv) as Destination format
8. Select Convert at bottom of screen
9. Select close, you are done
Hope this helps...
Thanks for the tip benson_mountain, now I am a little more familiar with PoiEdit, but for some reason the points for the file are all marked when I view the kml file in google earth, but none of the lat/long information shows up when i open it in PoiEdit even after i convert it to a cvs. I really want to contribute this file http://discgolffusion.com/GoogleEarth/index.htm in POI format, hopefully I will figure this out soon.
With Google Earth did you go to Tools, Options, Show Lat/Lon, Decimal Degrees, Apply Settings ???
Maybe this will help...
Thanks again, I did have the lat/long in decimal degrees, however, I did find the solution to my problem. All the points in the kml file were in seperate folders. For example, there was a folder for each state and than a folder for each city and than the actual point would be in the specific city's folder,therefore, PoiEdit just "saw" a folder instead of the actual points with information when I tried to open the file. So, I will have to go through each folder (thousands) and add each individual point to My Places, unless I find a way to delete folders without deleting the contents.
I'm glad you found that solution, now the fun begins, good luck...
Gotta batch process all those folders. I know how to do it on a mac, but like I said, no POIedit for mac. If you can send me the file with all the folders, I can probably figure out how to put all the points into the main folder pretty quickly.
You can download the file at http://discgolffusion.com/GoogleEarth/index.htm under U.S. Course Guide
I know. I've downloaded that disc.kmz file already.
I want to know how I can make a csv or gpx file from that kmz file.
In google earth open the kmz file, save the kmz file in the temporary places to My Places (remove all the folders if you know how) and then save the file as a kml file in google earth, than in PoiEdit go to tools --> batch convert..-> find the location of the kml file in the left column, choose a destination for the new file in the right column, select cvs for the new file type, than hit convert.
.... like I said, no POIedit for mac.
Than let me know how to get rid of all the folders and I'll use PoiEdit to convert the file to a cvs.
just to see if anyone has figured this out yet.
I just uploaded a .csv file with the 1866 disc golf locations from google earth. I'm unable to test it myself as my GPS unit doesn't support .csv or .gpx formats. It does however works fine in an .asc format using POI-Warner.
Let me know how it works for you.
thanks much K!
THANK YOU THANK YOU!! Guys this is fantastic...I have been in the UK for the past 6 months or so...so my focus has not been on this..
Rocktown a few things that we may want to add to this file that I would think would be a great asset.
1. Clubs with Contact info - What I did with my POI file is attach the club with the Golf course that they represent and added the Contact info..so if someone were in the area heading to that course it's a one step process to call them. For for example the Burke Lake course in Northern VA I attached teh Club contact info to that course so now when I go near the course the course shows up along with the club etc..
2. Retail stores: I also added some of the local retail vendors that are associated with Disc Golf..that way if you are form out of town the place to buy some local plastics is at XXX store...
Thanks for keeping this alive and updated..
Send me a PM or an email and we can discuss!
Will load this file up tonight and take a gander ... actually, it's slow as hell at work right now so....
File looks great -- of course, i'll have to wait until another huge road trip comes along to REALLY test it's accuracy.
So far this has been very accurate for the 3 courses I've used it at.
I have started a new file with Clubs and Retailers included in a gpx file...I am hoping to get some help and really build the file with photos, POC and descriptions etc...It is looking so cool on the Garmin thanks to the GeePeeEX editor..I posted news about this file and the one I am creating on the Discgolfers RUs..I started a discussion on this new file and have had very little response which is surprising?? So after all is said and done it should look like a Formers for Disc golf! At some point I am thinking that I need some Ultimate clubs and fields etc..but that will come later in the process!
And BTW thanks for the full file..I had about 140 or so built into my personal file and they are seem to match etc..
I have also contacted the PDGA (the directory director..LOL is a close personal friend of mine) and I have their permission it just they are very protective of the info and giving it out..although its on the web for free...arrghhh
This will be a great POI file to add to the collection - thanks...
I just picked up a GPSr and immediately thought a custom poi file for disc golf courses was in order. The csv file here is great, but it looks to be very inaccurate for my area. How can we improve it?
I'm in south eastern Wisconsin and could work on updating/verifying the coordinates in my area. All we need is others out there that can do the same in their area and someone who can gather the updated info and maintain the master list? Are you the gatekeeper Scott?
This is all entirely new to me but I'd love to help. At this point I just want to make it more accurate.
All, I will answer more questions tomorrow but Yes I would like to be the gate keeper on the file since I am in discussion directly with the PDGA on creating this file..and Maintenance etc has come up in our discussions. Before you all do anything with your 'corrections' let me think about how we need to do this and I will also explain a little more about what I would like to create since I got the GeePeex Program..Thanks for the help..I was getting worried that there were only a few of us looking into this file etc...Question below for Paul or others..Thanks Again!!!
Paul where did you get the coordinates to use in this file?
Again thank you for asking and volunteering for the file upkeep etc. I figured rather than wait for the PDGA to give us their file - we could take what we have now (CSV file) and My Concept (GPX) file and start to merge them and get them up to date in pieces. My thought is this…create two files - one is the basic CSV file that is on the site and a second one that would be more like a “Frommers” guide. Please let me know if this makes sense or if you have a better way of doing it…I am really up for any suggestions at this point! Also if anyone that participated the USA wide POI files where you had checklists managed on the POI file page please let me know how you all did this and received the multiple files and info etc..
What I have done is create a Word Document that I would be happy to send to you if you contact via my account here on the POI Factory..That way we can work via email..and then just post updates as needed on this thread. It is a template that we can use to exchange info and copy and paste the info into the files for updates etc. I chose word instead of say an excel file b/c I’d like to send the info on to the PDGA so they can also have it on file and also it’s not that hard to Copy and paste from a word Document and some may feel more comfortable with Word and the total amount of course is less than 3000 entries.
Also if you know of an HTML editor that could spiff up our output for these files that would be great also! I am really toying around with the output and display of the expanded file and would welcome some help to make things look nice on the Garmin or other devices so any expertise would be welcomed!
File is now up to 500 courses/clubs/retailers. Minnesota has been the recent addition with a contributor from the Disc Golfers RUS site. His file was on Google and I was able to covert it and import into the GPX file. I was also able to update the coordinates to the parking lots or major Cross Street that the course is on…b/c most of the coordinates at the PDGA web site are for the first tee…which will give you false turn by turn directions if the first tee is in the woods…I am in the process of QA the Illinois file that was posted here..and again the coordinates are off per the PDGA web site…
is there a place i can download this .csv file still?
I found it.....I am an idiot sometimes.
I am very interested in how the file frisbee golfer is working on.
Thanks to all
The CSV file should be in the POI section under Sports US disc golf..Use caution as we are finding allot of errors on this file right now...
The Travel guide is going to take a while to fully develop with allot of help from the Disc Golf Community and PDGA..right now they are still discussing my RFI for the course directory file so I can create a Traveler’s guide as well as a CSV...As with the above file now...these coordinate will need to be QA'd...
Is there a particular place you need them for now?? There are a few efforts that are up and running but they are for specific areas..Are you a disc golfer and a member of the PDGA?
If you would like to join the effort just eamil me and I will add you to the list for helping out with the file...
Thanks for the interest!!
I have been looking into some of the courses in my area and the locations on the .csv are wrong, so I will get you updated info on them ASAP.
Some of the ones around me are wrong or missing as well how can I help with this project? It would be awesome if we could just get the information from the PDGA list or even Dgcoursereview.com...
Not much movement from the PDGA..One thing that you can do is go to the course web page and send the PDGA an email about this effort and nag tham about it!! I sent a 20+ RFI to them and I have yet to get a response...So maybe it's time for a phone call...I am not sure about why this has taken so long!!
I have contacted the owners of Disc Golf review and thier could be some collaboration with them...One thing I don't want to happen is to have multiple efforts going on doing the same things...or even 'steal' someone elses thunder and efforts...steal is the wrong word but I want to work with not against so to say..
I will sned you my home email and I can get you the update forms I am using..
I wish they would work with you on this
There are some 26 odd disc golf courses in the cincinnati area. Here's a map
if you don't have those, they might send you an excel file with the coords...
Great news everyone...The PDGA board has accepted my RFI in general and a data sharing agreement is being drafted. So this POI file will now come with the PDGA approval. Also the board is entering into agreement with the web Site Disc Golf review so I will also be contacting them in order to see if we can work on this together as to not duplicate our efforts and to formulate a plan for updates and maintenance of the files and content!!!
Awesome. Can't wait. Let me know if I can be of any assistance.
That is great news!
Any more updates on this? I was just about to try contacting them myself when I found this thread.
Thanks guys for all the gret info!! Avid frisbee golf player here - new to GPS. Things are looking up ...
Update: Things are going well..We in the process of drafting the data agreement and will be having a T-con this week (Hopefully?) in order to coordinate efforts with the other sites that want this info..We both (PDGA and I ) have a few discussion points prior to us or anyone else getting this data…I personally do not take privacy lightly (I am Clinical/Medical) so Privacy is a big concern to me…So some of those issues do arise since some of the courses are on Private land…Scott
As soon a we sign the data sharing agreement I will need help with cleaning up the file and making sure the coordinates are correct…So please stay tuned!
Awesome. I'll be glad to help in any way I can.
What would the privacy concerns be?
People whose numbers are listed as course pros/contacts ?
Well with private course on Private land where someone lives these POIs will pin point their houses or land etc...rather than just a phone number etc...I am all for doing this and getting off the ground etc..but I believe in laying the cards on the table so to say and giving a person the right to Opt-in or Opt-out so to say...or to make sure the PDGA understands exactly what is going to happen with these coordinates and how they could invade a citizens privacy more so than a phone number...We will get this done..I just want to make sure they understand the issues that could arise...
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