Old 09-23-2011, 07:57 AM
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Wood chips. Sometimes you can get them from a tree trimming service for free. I had a course on a farm I used to own that only required tees to be "remulched" once a year. Divots are easy to refill if you use plenty of chips at each tee.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:05 AM
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If you do too deep a bed of wood chips it gets really mushy and awful though.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:26 AM
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The material we use at Black Falls and Cherry Hill is crushed ledge(blue driveway mix). The dust mixed with the small rock fines turns into a concrete type substance after getting wet. As it dries it loosens up allowing to be raked. When it rains it firms up again. It really is a great tee pad material. We are fortunate to have a quarry right up the road. After 5 years we have still have left overs from a 3 yard pile!

With my excavator I build up a little mound around the pad to keep the material in. Just enough so you won't trip over during a follow through. The benefits are, low cost, easy to maintain, great footing and easy on the joints.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:43 AM
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Where do I begin looking for something like that? Do you think a concrete supplier would carry this?
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:49 AM
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Check around at your local gravel pits/quarries. It is pretty specific stuff and may only be available in certain areas with this type of bedrock. I will post a pic of this material later.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:57 AM
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Here are a couple video's of the pads in tournament use.



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Old 09-23-2011, 09:37 AM
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One thing that is very natural-ish but looks great is artificial grass/turf or green/brown carpet. If you do these, you won't have as much maintenance, and if you do it right it will look just like the grass or dirt around it.
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:42 AM
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Carpet remnants. You can obtain remnants for free from flooring companies or from people throwing them out on the curb. Indoor or outdoor....it doesn't matter. The first time I ever saw indoor carpet used as a tee pad I was skeptical.....until I threw my tee shot. It turns out that a piece of carpet used for a tee surface is the next best thing to concrete or recycled rubber. Natural tees are fine when it is dry, but they will rut over time and when it's wet/muddy on the course, natural tees suck.

If you decide to stick with natural tees, you might want to consider using some sort of movable tee blocks so you can periodically relocate the tee to help control erosion. A few feet to the side/backwards/forwards will help with rutting out one particular spot.

Here's a couple images showing the wooden tee blocks utilized at Moraine State Park prior to installing rubber Fly Pads. You can see from the bottom image that there is a worn spot in the grass from where the tee had been previously. We simply moved the tee blocks backward a few feet to allow the grass to recover.

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Old 09-23-2011, 09:56 AM
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I just want to say that Natural Tees are like a car with an am only radio in them. Sure, they work, but boring. When I review a course, and the tees were natural, rutted, and expose roots, I always review the course lower. It is just an accident waiting to happen.
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