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How do I get my home course on this wiki?

I hope to build a full guide, and make more video tutorials, but I’ll start with the basics. Until then, I'll share The Techie Golfer's video that inspired me when I started mapping courses.

The first thing to do is sign up. Once you are logged in, you’ll see most of the editing options available to you. At this point you should be able to add a course. This part can seem tedious, and I am going to try to speed up this process and simplify it, but you only have to do it once, and then it’s done forever.

When it comes to images, especially for yardage, I strongly suggest using vector graphics. The point isn’t necessarily photographic realism, but imagery to best communicate and represent each hole. Vector graphics is a type of illustration that allows for infinite editing, while keeping the process simple. This will allow future users of the page to easily edit and update all submissions. Inkscape is a free and open source vector graphics program that should be perfectly adequate for this project. The recommended file type is .svg (scalable vector graphics). I’ll be working on building an in-browser .svg editor to make the process even more easy.

While the technical accuracy of course maps isn’t important in principle (I certainly appreciate artistic course maps), if you’re trying to find aerial photography to use as a template for your graphics, the USGS as well as other services provide aerial photography of the entire world. This can be used as a base layer for images to upload.

Finally, when it comes to hole and/or course notes. I’m hoping to keep most of the commentary about strategy and facts about the hole. I specifically want to stay away from normative claims about holes. That is to say, how to play the hole, and what to expect is good content. Whether or not the hole is a “good” or “bad” hole, is not the purpose of this wiki.