JU professor, alumnus publish study on disc golf courses, players

JU Prof. Ray Oldakowski at the Easterlin Park disc golf course in Broward County, Fla.

Jacksonville University geography Prof. Dr. Ray Oldakowski and JU alum John McEwen, a former student of Oldakowski’s, have published a study on the diffusion of disc golf within the United States in the prestigious Geographical Review, the journal of the American Geographical Society.

Oldakowski and McEwen mapped all of the disc golf courses created in the country since the first course was established in 1975. There are more than 2,700 disc golf courses in the U.S., including nearly 2,000 established in the past 10 years (see map below).

JU Geography Prof. Ray Oldakowski

The duo also surveyed disc golfers to develop a profile of those who play, and surveyed observers to determine what factors encourage persons to take up the sport. The study concluded that the sport has spread more quickly than traditional golf. However, some unintentional cultural barriers still exist as most players are white males, Oldakowski said.

The full manuscript is accessible through the JU library online resources EBSCO (Geographical Review, 103 (3) 355-371. July 2013).

This is the second study conducted jointly by Oldakowski and McEwen. Their first looked at the diffusion of American fast food in Ecuador and was published in the journal Material Culture.

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