Covid Practice Plans (Green Building -- please tell me I'm not nuts!)
So, Covid has me crazy and I figure we will be on some type of social distancing program for at least another month up here in South Western Ontario. We live on 1.5 acres of property and I have always wanted to build a golf green. The other day my wife suggested that now is the time and suggested a spot in the corner of the yard which is currently occupied partly by an over grown flower bed that we have never had the energy to do anything with. I have a friend who works for a shop that provides maintenance to Toro fleets and he hooked me up with a great deal on a Toro Greensmaster 1000, ($250CAD), and he even ground the reel and put a new bed knife on it.
So....today was raining and I had art class with my daughters; while they coloured away, I got busy designing my first crack at the putting green. Apart from the mower I just brought home, I also have a 9hp rear tine roto-tiller, a sub compact Kubota with a loader bucket and backhoe and a 48" yard roller to use as construction tools. I expect that with what I have on hand, I can build this for decently low input costs....I'll have to buy sand to amend my soil once I strip the sod, and I'll have to buy a good quality creeping bent grass, (holy smokes, this stuff is expensive compared to regular seed, about $400CAD / 25lb bag). I'll also have to bury a waterline from my house so I can run a sprinkler.
My first draft is a 1400 square foot beauty with a greenside bunker. (Please tell me I'm not a crazy loon!!!). My yard is quite large, (pictured), and is about 235 feet wide with my house set back 180 feet from the road. On a diagonal from where the green would be set, (highlighted in the Google image), I could hit about an 80 yard approach. There are several other areas from 60 yards and in. I have a fibrebuilt hitting pad that I plan to set into a portable stance mat, (likely plywood covered with carpet), that I can move around the yard to save ruining the lawn.
My thought is that if I can't get the green to a speed where it putts well, I can at least build a really fun short game area. There is also a ditch that is between the green and road which sits about 3 feet lower than the green level, (the bunker would be built into this slope to be slightly lower than the putting surface). Does anyone have experience doing anything like this? Apart from telling me it's a horrible idea, (you are unlikely to break my resolve in this time of pandemic), is there anything I should watch out for?
Apologies if this is the wrong forum to post this, I didn't know where it best fit.
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