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Benches - Lets see how you made yours

So, ive played almost 200 courses and seen everything from logs, blocks, stumps with beer caps pounded in them, lawn chairs, to your standard lumber bench. Here is how I build them. I like this style because it is easy to find 4-5' 4x4's and 4'-6' 2x4,8,10, or 12" pieces. Additionally if pieces wear, I can replace them easily without getting rid of the entire bench.

Dig holes 18-24" deep
Place 4x4, level and tamp 2" of dirt around the base.
Level and screw 2x4 flush with top to align 4x4 faces. Trim or level 4x4 height.
Fill hole with 25-30 LBs concrete each, moistening and mixing as you go.
Re-check levels, cap hole with dirt and tamp hard with shovel handle end.
Attach opposite side 2x4 with 3.5" screws.
Place top bench. Drill 4 screws through top into 2x4 braces, drill 1 screw through bench into each of the 4x4's.

You can see the process in the pictures below. I used all scrap wood from construction projects for this bench. Cost was $2 in concrete and about $1 in screws.
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I always like how these look on a wooded course:



Construction is pretty straight-forward and primitive but with razing any older trees I see it as a very viable option for most any DG course.
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We recycle trees that have fallen or taken down for the course. The only cost was gas for the chainsaw and a bit of labor. Gotta love free benches! The one on the left is done and the one on the right needed a few more cuts to be completed when this pic was taken.

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Yea I've got some old growth Oak drying at my house. I need a bark stripper and then I will paint lacquer them, few people I know have a saw capable of ripping them like this efficiently at the course. I have a Stihl MS290 Farmboss and i can only do it with a new chain. So for me I could probably do 10-15/ $35 chain.
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Id like to see a course that has Adirondack chairs at each hole.
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Id like to see a course that has Adirondack chairs at each hole.
Im getting too old to get out of them, I'd take a seat and have to par+4 the rest of the round.
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So, ive played almost 200 courses and seen everything from logs, blocks, stumps with beer caps pounded in them, lawn chairs, to your standard lumber bench. Here is how I build them. I like this style because it is easy to find 4-5' 4x4's and 4'-6' 2x4,8,10, or 12" pieces. Additionally if pieces wear, I can replace them easily without getting rid of the entire bench.

Dig holes 18-24" deep
Place 4x4, level and tamp 2" of dirt around the base.
Level and screw 2x4 flush with top to align 4x4 faces. Trim or level 4x4 height.
Fill hole with 25-30 LBs concrete each, moistening and mixing as you go.
Re-check levels, cap hole with dirt and tamp hard with shovel handle end.
Attach opposite side 2x4 with 3.5" screws.
Place top bench. Drill 4 screws through top into 2x4 braces, drill 1 screw through bench into each of the 4x4's.

You can see the process in the pictures below. I used all scrap wood from construction projects for this bench. Cost was $2 in concrete and about $1 in screws.
Awesome info!!!
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I can't contribute any pictures, but i thought this may be semi-relevant to the topic.
While I was in Indianapolis, I noticed a neat trend.
They had the Boy Scouts (maybe Eagle Scouts. can't remember now) make benches for the courses as a project. They were high quality benches sunk down in plenty of quikrete.
It looks like most of you in this thread are DIYers though.

I just thought I'd throw the idea out there in case any of you have a connection with the scouts.
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My basic bench for my course around my property. They are about $40 each and I've done 9 so far. I wanted them more like a short table so they feature a 20"x6' top.


I also did this one Hex bench near the house where I practice putting.
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You sir have way more carpentry skills than I.
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