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So my wife and I are looking at buying a new house and as much property as well can reasonably afford to maintain. Currently that magic number looks like 12-15 acres as wooded as possible.

Clearly I will be cramming a friend’s and family private 9 hole on there, maybe even with 2 tees per basket for a fun 18.

Just out of curiosity, how much land does 1 hole use? Is there some sort of general idea on acres per hole? I realize the individual plot of land is very influential in final layout, but I was just curious.
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Old 12-17-2018, 12:18 PM
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Old 12-17-2018, 12:19 PM
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As you stated, theres a lot of factors that go into designing a course. General rule of thumb is 1 acre per hole. The more acreage you have the better because it will allow you to use the best aspects of the land verses having to use every inch.

You'd do well to read the "Executing the Dream" thread, maybe not in one sitting, because it's long, but it's got a lot of info.

I was in a similar position about 5 years ago and most of my story, warts and all, has been shared in that thread along with a lot of other folks in varying stages of "the dream".

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Old 12-17-2018, 12:43 PM
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I’ve been digging through that thread, lots and lots of experience in there. And I’m not privelaged enough to buy land specifically for a private course, but I’m not gonna lie, it’s a factor.
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Old 12-17-2018, 12:59 PM
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There's another thread, entitled something like "mistakes and lessons learned", which will also help.

The more land, the better, of course, but if you're making a "friends and family" course, you can tolerate crossing fairways and multiple uses of the same basket, so you have lots more flexibility. I have a friend with a pretty cool course on about 5 acres, plus a little bit of neighboring land that he trespasses on.
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Here's your math on how much does 1 hole use: 250' x 80' is about 1/2 acre. If you fit your holes into that space, that's 2 holes per acre.
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That base math is just what I was wondering. Thanks! I did a casual walk of one particular property and figured there is room for nine holes in the 250’-350’ range. With a little creativity that could be a solid 2 pad 18
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Old 12-17-2018, 01:20 PM
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Be careful when walking wooded land and making guesses. When you're in there, what feels like 250'+ is probably less than 200' or even 175'. I've started wooded holes and as things opened up realized that the design needed to be stretched out because what I thought was a nice 300' wooded hole before construction was really a pretty run of the mill 225' ace run. Then again, every mistake is an opportunity to learn, and I've learned a lot!

Google maps/google earth/local jurisdiction GIS maps are ridiculously helpful. Don't be afraid to start laying holes out on an aerial map, but also, don't get married to any specific holes.

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No sir. I have been working on an ever changing course at a friend’s farm for years. We are on maybe the 20th layout currently. I know it will never end, I know the labor involved, but I also know the satisfaction.

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