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Old 10-10-2017, 03:32 PM
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Default Pirate Plank - $70 Teepad

From legend World Champion and overall cool dude Terry Calhoun comes the "Pirate Plank" - DIY teepad design.

https://youtu.be/IrKvs-4E85U



I personally haven't thrown off of these yet, but once I do I'll post my thoughts on here. Fortunately for me this course isn't too far away from me.

It's his mission to get this design out there for others to use for their own projects. I'm just trying to do my small part in this. Cheers
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Old 10-10-2017, 03:47 PM
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1) Looks like a workable, low cost, semi-permanent tee pad.
2) I can't say enough positive things regarding my encounters with Terry.
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:02 PM
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Hate to rain on the Terry lovefest, being that he IS a genuinely nice guy, but ... Dave "Cornbread" McQuay, aka Diamond Dave, (PDGA 10125) installed a couple of cement backer board on plywood tees at Cornwallis Road Park in Durham, NC (10 alt, 13 alt) at least 15 years ago, so they're hardly Terry's invention.
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:10 PM
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Hate to rain on the Terry lovefest, being that he IS a genuinely nice guy, but ... Dave "Cornbread" McQuay, aka Diamond Dave, (PDGA 10125) installed a couple of cement backer board on plywood tees at Cornwallis Road Park in Durham, NC (10 alt, 13 alt) at least 15 years ago, so they're hardly Terry's invention.
There are different types of cement board though. I installed tile for years and the stuff in the video is the same as hardi backer and is quite grippy when wet or dry. Regular cement board made by companies like permabase can be super slick when wet. Out of all the cement boards, this kind would definitely be the best.

Great idea regardless.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:58 AM
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Among the limitations:

* Only 8' long. (Though it's probable that they'll be flush with the ground, so it's not too tough to start a long run-up behind them).

* I would expect the plywood to decay over time. The top is covered with plywood, but the bottom is on earth and the porous edges exposed. My experience with treated plywood hasn't been that great.

* I'm a little skeptical on the grippiness, even with textured cement board. It can't be as grippy as well-brushed concrete.

That said, it's still an interesting alternative, probably better than bare earth that gets rutted, especially if mobility is desired, and 8' tees satisfy you.
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I know there are some clubs with 18 baskets and a truck that does temporary course set ups for tourneys in parks that don't have permanent courses. If you had 18 of these bad boys that could really add some quality to that sort of model.

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Old 10-12-2017, 09:41 AM
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There are different types of cement board though. I installed tile for years and the stuff in the video is the same as hardi backer and is quite grippy when wet or dry. Regular cement board made by companies like permabase can be super slick when wet. Out of all the cement boards, this kind would definitely be the best.

Great idea regardless.
Yup, Hardie has higher water absorbancy than Permabase (good in this application, bad in houses) which would keep it from being as slick. Good news is the cement board will hold up, bad news is that the plywood would rot really quick. It would make more sense to put cement board on both sides to keep the plywood from rotting as fast (but then it would be getting pretty darn heavy).

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Old 10-12-2017, 11:10 AM
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Yeah wet plywood would be an issue. However, it's be pretty simple to apply a coat of Never-Wet or similar product to the bottom and edges of the boards before the Hardiebacker is attached. Doubt it would add much cost.
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:18 AM
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http://www.jameshardie.com/pdf/msds-...um-density.pdf

It's also a Category 1 Carcinogen. Contains Crystalline Silica and Carbon Black...pretty icky stuff.

Not meant for unfinished use or as a wear layer for flooring. It's used more commonly as a tile backer or subfloor.


There are countless liability issues here. I also think this is a step in the wrong direction. (re-purposed materials originally intended for another use)
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Thanks for the info Levi... I hadn't even considered whether the substance was carcinogenic. :

I can see how low cost, portable tee pads would be great for temp and private courses, but I'd be very concerned about the environmental impact of leaving a carcinogen exposed to the elements.

*pictures two headed snake chasing 3-legged chipmunk*

If it's meant to be covered (perhaps that helps contain it to significantly cut down the deleterious effects??) I wonder if it's feasible to cover it with artificial turf? I admit to being ignorant here.

I like the concept... but honestly don't know if the impact would be as severe what I think about when I hear the word "carcinogen."
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