Try growing your gourds vertically.
I grow most of my gourds on trellises, tee-pees, swing sets or any other convenient sturdy vertical support.
The reason I do this is that the gourds do not have a flat side. Sometime a gourd will be weaker or rot in a flat spot.
The gourds will also have a overall even color. This is important in the smaller ornamental gourds.
Gourds take less space if they are grown vertical and are easier to mow around.
The last and most important reason is that is easier to control and insects and pests.