Guest Blogger #584, Entry #1342, June 27, 2012
Whether you enjoy playing golf to vent the frustrations of another dull day at office, you do it as a method of transacting business, or you simply walk the green and swing at your leisure as a way to get in some physical fitness, golf could be your sport of choice. But there’s no denying that a club membership (not to mention your physical clubs and other equipment) come with a pretty hefty price tag; it’s not exactly the cheapest pastime. So if you’re looking for ways to practice for less or save yourself some time on your many trips to the green in the course of a week, why not think about installing a putting green in your backyard? Here are just a few things to consider when it comes to bringing your favorite sport to your backyard.
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How much space do you have?
The first thing to think about is how much space you’ll need in order to create an adequate putting green. Although putting greens can be just about any size, the general consensus seems to be that an 8×8 foot square is preferable. You can definitely alter this formula to suit your space. Suppose, for example, that your yard is rectangular rather than square; you could create a green that is longer and thinner. Or if your yard is already landscaped you can make an irregularly shaped green with more than one hole for putting practice. The point is that you can make the space you have work for you, but eight feet of space from end to end seems to be about the minimum. Of course, you probably won’t get anywhere near the size featured at professional courses, but this is just for fun and practice; if you want the amenities of a pro course you can simply visit one.
Cost and materials
Next you need to think about the materials and costs involved. For example, do you prefer live grass or would you rather install a fake green that requires less maintenance? Some people swear by synthetic turf while others would rather use the real deal. Either way you’ll likely have to consider swapping out your sod. And you no doubt want a level space to work with, which means even the slightest grade or uneven surface will have to be tamped down and re-graded in order to ensure a flat surface for your putting green. You also need to decide whether you will do all of the labor yourself or have a company like Putters Edge install your green for you. The latter option could cost you thousands of dollars, but if you want to simulate, say, the eighteenth hole from the Errol Estate Golf and Country Club in your backyard you’ll probably need some help to get it done.
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Of course, not everyone can afford to bring their favorite exotic resort-like golf course home with them. But with a little research you can figure out how to create your own putting green complete with proper soil, sod, and holes. And you can make maintenance as simple or complex as you like depending on the materials you choose. No matter what route you select when it comes to creating your backyard putting green, you’re likely to save money over time on the fees associated with hitting up the club for putting practice. And you’re sure to enjoy the convenience of having the putting green mere steps from your back door.
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