I live on a few acres and had a somewhat silly idea of constructing a two
hole golf course. I don't even play golf on any regular basis but thought it
might be an interesting project. But how does one go about making a green?
If it's too complicated or expensive I'll think up another silly project but
thought I would pose the question anyway. Anyone?
I bet if you went to the nearest country club and talked with the person
in charge of that course, you'd learn more than you care to about green
construction and care. It is a particular type of grass which has to be
kept extremely short to survive. Then there's the matter of watering
requirements as well as nutrition. If I recall, golf course turfgrass is
chemically treated and daily maintained to achieve its outstanding
appearance. To cut the grass short will require a specialized mower, one
which is thus designed.
So, have your chat with the local golf course keeper and then post when
yours will be ready to do some putting. We'll all be right over. Beer
and sandwiches will be adequate.
Zowwy. I wonder if there isn't a class-action suit in there somewhere for
old duffers suffering from chemical exposures & heightened risk of
illnesses, out there trying to do something active & "healthy" but in
reality scattering sand to the wind with their mighty slices, & breathing
in dust particles slathered in toxins.
-paghat the ratgirl
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"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
Before the advent of plastic liners, the practice was to use
vegetation killers. My dad was an avid golfer for 40 years, and I
used to accompany him. From time to time the sand traps at the various
courses he played reeked of chemicals.
Plantproof liners of one kind or another are used today.
J. Del Col
While it may be possible that there are a few courses that line bunkers with
plastic, over 99% do not. It is not an accepted practice in golf course
construction today and USGA does not recommend it. In over 20 years of
design/construction/renovation of golf courses I have never seen it.
You're not going to turn up (IMHO) many sympathetic suggestions in a
gardening group. Golf courses are high-maintenance, water-hog lawns on
land that can be better used for veg, trees, and flowers. I would be
more sympathetic to a smaller area made into a croquet lawn. A 2-hole
golf course seems kind of limited. A carefully-maintained croquet
patch could be the focus of somewhat uncommon social activity.
Even if you built the two holes, you'd need a very specific type mower to keep
the greens as short as they do on a course. They sell very dwarf varieties of
grasses for greens, depending on where you live, but you have to mow them daily.
It's a ton of fuss.
As other people pointed out, the grass and mowers are readily available.
The constant watering, feeding, and mowing is up to you to provide. Here
in Pennsylvania, the county agents provide Turf Management seminars
where you can learn more than you want to know about the grasses.
However, 2 holes would be very boring. They would be the same length.
3 holes would be more interesting. You could have a short and medium
length holes going one way and a long one coming back. In fact you
could have one fairway with any number of holes on it so you could have
whatever length hole you wanted.
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Even if you go jump all the hoops on the way to green construction, have
you decided on greens fees yet? They are important so you have enough
income to support your greenskeeping endeavors. Next will be the expense
of a pro shop and someone to run it. Pretty soon you'll have to consider
a clubhouse or at least a stand so duffers can buy their libations and
I don't play golf, but it seems to me the greens are the most work of
your whole project. They have to be kept short and very uniform. Rolling
them and mowing them is a 3-4 times a week job. The roller and greens
mower are probably the most expensive part of the project.
You will probably attract a lot of friends to your course. If you try to
charge for your services you may run afoul of local zoning regulations,
but you might get your new friends to pitch in on the maintenance
(buying an interest in the mower and doing the greens maintenance on
Tuesdays or Thursdays or something like that.)
Everyone needs a project to keep them out of the house. Go for it.
The maintenance really depends on just how uptight you are about your
greens. You can do a test patch with a push mower and see how much work
it is. Get some friends to help out. Probably worth a try for a year at
least, then you can decide.
Croquet courts also need rolling. Hardcore croquet players get really
uptight about it, but the garden variety lawn game is much less formal.
There's a really big difference between the lawn croquet and the
competitive brand. We had a croquet team at work for a while: whites,
handmade mallets, cast iron wickets, etc.
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