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If you were to build a small earthen mound with cross ties or poles with which to raise a basket in a flat field, what shape would offer the most challenging design?

A roughly square, symmetrical "pyramid" (think Aztec style, not Egyptian) with the basket in the center?

Or have the basket off-center so that the pyramid more resembles steps, creating more of a drop-off, death putt effect since the side nearest the basket is flush instead of tiered? And what direction should the flush side face? Towards the approach shots? Opposite of approach shots (to punish over-approaches or come-backer putts)? Sort of angled in the direction of incoming RHBH hyzers?

Or any other ideas? Feel free to let fly.
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Old 03-20-2019, 04:09 AM
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Canter of step pyramid if that makes sense for the layout of said hole, otherwise let the land and hole distance determine the placement of the basket in the pyramid.

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How big is "small"?

A pyramid has to be pretty big, to make landing on the steps feasible and advantageous. If too small, the terraces are so narrow that sticking on them is more a matter of luck, and landing a step or two down is nearly a gimme putt.

One thought about the angle of the base is that, if it's flat towards the drive or approach, throws can slam into it and usually stick at the base. If it's beveled, so that a corner faces the thrower, shots that skip up to or hit it, are likely to carom off and result in a longer next shot. Options to consider; neither is better or worse, just depends on how you want it to play.

A thought on the off-centered basket with a drop-off on one side is that, while you can land on the steps on the favored side and have a less-steep putt, if you don't land on the pyramid the steep side is better, because you can get closer to the basket.

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Old 03-23-2019, 08:38 PM
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Just tall enough so that you're putting up, like have the basket tray just about 6 feet or so. You're right, that's probably not tall enough to make landing on the steps really beneficial. Hmm.
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Honestly, your proposition needs more info to respond specifically.

However, if you cut the soil and then use the fill for the mound it will accentuate whatever you decided to build. Of course additional fill may be added, but when designing/constructing avoid creating a potential drainage issue.

You might consider using old tires (fill with fill) instead of timbers. Old tires may even cost less than timbers. With old tires, an organic shape will be much easier to create. Organic shapes appear more 'natural'. Old tires (dry concrete) are currently used as an alternative underlayment for road paving in some areas where there are problems with road deterioration - in other words they are very stable and durable (foot traffic).

Regarding specific shapes that may alter a player's approach to the green, I suggest you make some small thumbnail drawings with various iterations of the mound. This low-risk method has helped me in the past when trying to 'crystallize' my ideas...fwiw.
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