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Well, we broke open the piggy bank and hired a bulldozer for a day. In that time it accomplished what would have taken us about 117,459 hours of manual work. It was so cool we're now scoping out bank branches, and shopping ebay for masks.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:32 PM
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Well, we broke open the piggy bank and hired a bulldozer for a day. In that time it accomplished what would have taken us about 117,459 hours of manual work. It was so cool we're now scoping out bank branches, and shopping ebay for masks.
yep- no substitute for heavy equipment. i want a forestry mulcher soooooo badly.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:44 PM
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"The right tool for the job"......We've spent a lot of time, and a whole lot of effort, coercing the wrong tools to do what we want. And destroyed a few, in the process. Life's so much easier when you can get your hands on the right ones.

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We also spent some time tramping through dense woods in anticipation for the next time, trying to design holes where there are fewer dramatic landscape features (which is why those woods have been unused until now). If nothing else, it heightened my respect for professional course designers who can do it.
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:29 PM
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Old 11-21-2017, 11:48 PM
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Titan fits a little better:



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Old 12-06-2017, 07:33 PM
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:35 AM
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Nice work Goose! I gotta get down there this year.

With a light dusting of snow left over from Fri/Sat, I got out for a nice long hike through the woods Sunday morning. I was intentionally forcing myself to walk through areas I seldom go, or pass through from different directions. I think I've got all the holes south of the driveway pretty much designed and the Sunday morning hike helped me tweak a few of those holes and probably even completely remove another.

We'll be having an excavator out in the next week or two with his dozer to reestablish our driveway drainage ditches and lay down 5 or 6 loads of gravel. The whole thing's been in pretty rough shape since the house construction started in Dec. of 2015 but the hill at the entrance has been especially hard hit by erosion.
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First shot is from just in front of the green looking up towards the tee. Tee off from the woods, throw downhill across the clearing, back into the woods. Probably 50-75 in the woods, 100 feet of clearing, then another 100 feet of woods. I've had this hole playing around in my head for some time now because it makes a great transition from the ridge top holes to the southside creek/ridge holes. Come springtime there's two good size redbud trees that flank either side of the opening to the green.

Possible second tee pad for this hole. The first tee forces you to throw straight up the hill then dogleg hard left, this one you'd be looking straight towards the green. Not sure on this one because I'd be clearing almost an entirely new fairway for a hole that already has a fairway. I'll probably scrap this idea and see about creating a different tee, possibly start on the other side of the creek.

Gotta stay warm and wear orange just in case. (It's still muzzle loader/archery season for deer around here!)
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Old 03-27-2018, 01:51 PM
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Way too long without an update.

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Knowing this would it be better to essentially drop them all now to prevent you form building a great hole to get ruined in a year or 2 by some of these dying out?
A blast from the past. For some reason I remembered discussing this stuff early on in this thread. At the time my head was set to explode and I didn't even consider it too much since I was focused on working with the open and more sparsely wooded areas. Dropping all the ash trees over a 65 acres tract of land wasn't and still isn't feasible, but...

I've been out in the woods a lot this winter pondering layouts/routes and doing some light clearing. I've gotten pretty adept at spotting ash trees to the point that I am doing what I can to route/tweak holes through areas that have a higher percentage of ash trees if it works design-wise. They're gonna come down anyway, I might as well let mother nature help out with the fairways a bit. I'm also doing everything I can to avoid having "feature" trees that are ash, focusing more on the large oak, maple, and hickory trees.

As for the ash...A friend of mine has been helping me cut down all the ash trees around the edges of the woods this winter. We've probably dropped 20-30 ash trees at least and we've only worked in the areas around the top of the ridge. Good deal for both of us, he does the chainsaw work which he's exceptionally proficient at, I do the splitting by hand which I enjoy, then we share the firewood. He's helping me clear out dead/dying trees and we both get firewood that's essentially already seasoned.

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