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DoWork 03-29-2020 10:51 AM

Home course saga thread
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Iíve been wanting to turn the acre around my property into a putter skills course since I bought the place two years ago but work has been INSANE. Given the new quarantine though, Iíve gotten to work on some finish work clearing the greens and fairways and ordered up two more baskets for a total of three currently, and they will be here tomorrow. The goal is to end up with 4 or 5 baskets and 9 tee boxes, all within 200í or so.

The house location is remote and on a VT mountain ridge line so the topography on the acre is extreme and it is very densely grown, mostly hemlock but very conducive to DG design. The woods were very raw, meaning I had to do a lot of chainsaw bucking and dragging deadfall and branches to even make it walkable (lots of burning last summer) and some selective thinning has been done in places to open it up. This year I used a heavy rake to clear the thick brush on the fairways and greens, and finished with a spring rake/leaf blower because I lovelovelove a super dialed green to look and throw at. Doubly because Iím also making a really nice walking path with benches and a fire pit along the way for family time, aaaand I can see most of it from my windows so it qualifies as landscaping IMO.

Not sure what Iíll do for tee boxes, but itís not a big rush and dirt is fine for me and the family for now. Iím hoping to have at least the 3 workable holes by the end of this coming week so I can make a full walking loop.

Hereís a quick shot of the first hole Iím building which is about 1/3 finished. Itís a downhill throw through a workable but smallish window to a guarded green but with a clean RHBH and properly powered fade a park job is very gettable. Distance is probably about 175-190, I will wheel measure it this week to be sure.

Iím going to keep updating this thread as I do more, I really hope to put everything I learned making big courses into creating a really fun, challenging and unique home 9.



DoWork 03-29-2020 10:55 AM

Sorry the pics are sideways, I am not good at attachments in this format.

jeffmonty 03-29-2020 09:26 PM

Plenty of trees to keep things interesting, even with a small plot of land. :thmbup:

ohtobediscing 03-30-2020 08:09 AM

Love the elevation change! :thmbup:

DoWork 03-30-2020 09:25 AM


Originally Posted by ohtobediscing (Post 3568621)
Love the elevation change! :thmbup:

Thanks! Me too, I honestly think it's going to play really well especially given the space limitations. I wouldn't be going the full course route if it was all on flat ground and would likely have just done a putting practice area. There is a ridgeline that goes around the back half of the house and the elevation change is a very big part of the overall design. Even just throwing on that one hole a few times has been a blast, as it's such a guarded finesse downhill touch shot you've got to nail it just right. I can already tell this is going to come out awesome and seeing this progress has put some wind in the sails for sure.

nate22 04-01-2020 04:12 AM

jump into the 'living the dream' thread

DoWork 04-01-2020 09:32 AM


Originally Posted by nate22 (Post 3569626)
jump into the 'living the dream' thread

I thought that was more for big courses, I wanted to kind of keep a progress log that could stand on it's own rather than mix it in with other stuff in the big thread.

I wish I knew that thread was a thing when I was building Magic though, as that's a really cool course I think people would have been interested to watch develop.

JuanA 04-01-2020 01:18 PM

That's a great looking acre...looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

DoWork 04-01-2020 08:52 PM

Got a little more time to work on it today. That first fairway (wonít be hole #1 but it was my motivator) is pretty much cleared except for some non play dependent stuff and I snapped a pic from the green to show you the opposite view, looking back up the fairway towards the house.


DoWork 04-01-2020 09:16 PM

Also started work on the next fairway and got that pretty well cleaned up to the area Iím going to be using the chainsaw for. One pic shows the line with no marks, the next has red marks to indicate the intended fairway more or less, the two blue trees will be mandos and the yellow trees are all being taken out because theyíre starting to block the view from my living room and deck AND the next 50-75í of the hole.




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