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View Poll Results: Should our club shorten the teepads on par 3 holes to save $ and put in more pads?
Keep the teepads all the same length 50 48.54%
10' pads on par 3s 19 18.45%
8' pads on par 3s 23 22.33%
Shorten all the pads on the rec course 19 18.45%
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:49 PM
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My club is beginning to raise money for concrete teepad installation. Our course is a dg commplex with an 18 hole championship course and a 9 hole rec course. Our goal is to install 54 12' x 5' x 5" teepads for the complex (2 pads per hole per course. The champ course has 6 par 3 holes all of which are fairly technical, finesse shots at or under 300'. In the event that we don't raise enough money to install all the teepads at that length, should we make the pads for the par 3 holes 8' in order to install 2 extra 12' pads?
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:57 PM
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8' pads are fine on shorter holes, especially if that lets you put in larger pads for the bomber holes. I would just make sure that especially those shorter pads are flush with the ground so people who like longer run ups can start behind the concrete without having to step up.
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Suggest going narrower than shorter. If you lop off 4 feet on a 5x12 pad, you save 20 sq ft. If you make 3.5x12 feet pads, you lop off 18 sq ft which is about the same amount of cement.
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Thanks for the input, guys. I'll set up a link to this thread on my club's website.
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Suggest going narrower than shorter. If you lop off 4 feet on a 5x12 pad, you save 20 sq ft. If you make 3.5x12 feet pads, you lop off 18 sq ft which is about the same amount of cement.
this is a very smart idea i hardly ever go from side to side on a pad
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How much of a Rec course is this? If it's really Rec-y, I'd even encourage smaller pads to encourage standstills and dissuade big, honky run ups kids like to do.
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Even 4x10 would be a compromise and reduce 20 sq ft.
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i'm against going narrower.. i'm 6'2 and I can deal with a 6' pad if it's wide enough on a short hole. but narrow pads just piss me off.

imo, it's easier to judge where youre moving vertically than it is to judge your lateral movement. if you do need more you can run up from behind the pad. plus if you need more than 8' to go 300' you're doing it wrong.
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i'm against going narrower.. i'm 6'2 and I can deal with a 6' pad if it's wide enough on a short hole. but narrow pads just piss me off.

imo, it's easier to judge where youre moving vertically than it is to judge your lateral movement. if you do need more you can run up from behind the pad. plus if you need more than 8' to go 300' you're doing it wrong.
^this, plus you have to be extremely precise with your tee's locations so that a goofy angle doesn't seriously harm the design. I like width on a pad b/c it helps open some atypical lines.
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A narrower pad just makes it a little more like a fairway drive where you have to end up on a line behind the mini anyway. And frankly, I have no problem from a design standpoint with some challenging (but safe) pads as one of the challenges on select holes. If some people have more challenge than others with proper footing, that's just part of the game you have to deal with like other challanges that impact taller versus shorter, and wider versus narrower people in the game. Giant concrete pads are a benefit not a right since there's nothing in the rules requiring them. So adjusting to less desireable tees is part of the game, again, as long as they are safe.

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