H.B. Clark, Disc Golf Course Architect
H. B. Clark has over 45 years of course design experience, both as a volunteer and then as a full time professional. He has been on the Professional Disc Golf Association Pro Tour since 1977, having won events in most years and cashed as a top player in each year. Major tour finishes include 8th in the 2005 World Championships – Pro Grand Master Division, 2nd in the 2002 European Championships – Pro Masters Division, and 3rd in the 2003 British Open – Pro Open Division. He has hosted and run events since the late 70’s, and prior to that played competitive disc games winning state championships in freestyle, distance, maximum time aloft, disc golf, DDC, guts, and accuracy as well as numerous overall state championship titles. He was a player and coach of the Western Kentucky University Ultimate team, and founder and past president of the Bowling Green Disc Golf Club and a past President of the Louisville Disc Golf Club.
HB has designed over 100 courses in 11 states, and completed design/build projects on 30 courses in 6 states. HB has made presentations on disc golf to the Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society, the Tennessee Parks and Recreation Association, the American Camps Association, as well as numerous Park Boards and Foundations, and Tourism Departments at the state and local level.
He has taught disc for classes at the elementary, high school, and university levels, and taught community education classes for families and individuals. He has hosted clinics for season players and community groups throughout his disc career. He has played on three continents, and competed in major tournaments in Canada, England, Scotland, Norway, and Sweden. In the United States he has toured extensively from coast to coast and is well known on tour as both a competitor and a promoter of the sport of disc golf.
HB has been the creator and tournament director of 100s of Professional Disc Golf Association events starting in 1977, and in 2022 he managed 9 PDGA events (3 PDGA “A-tier”) drawing over 2000 players. His newsletter has over 8000 players keeping up to date with the events he hosts and seeing new courses designed and opened.
HB created the “Amateur Championship at Bowling Green (now called the Bowling Green Open)”, one of the longest running and largest events in the world (650 players registered for the 2022 event). He also was instrumental in creating “Morristown – The Disc Golf Capital of Tennessee” by designing 4 courses and hosting the Tennessee State Championships each year (541 players in 2022).
H. B. Clark has been designing disc golf courses since 1974, starting with “object” courses on the campus of WKU and at Hobson Grove Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He is known for excellent temporary tournament course design (Lampkin Park in BG and George Rogers Clark Park in Louisville) as well as the following permanent park designs
In addition to design, The HBC Group, LLC did design/build projects on over 30 courses , including clearing foliage, setting all hardware, pouring tees, and providing all equipment. Upgraded signs and information kiosk and maps have been provided for numerous existing public courses as well.
Beyond disc golf, HB is a graduate of Western Kentucky University’s Environmental Engineering Technology program, with continuing University training in Civil and Electrical Engineering, and a Masters Degree from Webster University in Computer and Information Resources Management. He started a professional career South Central Bell in 1978 as an Outside Plant Engineer, and after numerous management positions in Bowling Green, Ky. and Louisville, Ky. retired from the Regulatory Department of BellSouth. He is currently a Rotarian, a member and past Chairman of the Board of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, a graduate of Focus Louisville, Leadership Bowling Green, and Leadership Kentucky.