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Old 06-19-2009, 05:10 PM
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I've got a couple of different questions. First, what makes a good putting area/green? I, along with many people I play with, are getting bored with having a flat green with a few trees in the way here and there. What makes a good green? Is it changes in elevation, trees in the way, or other random obstacles?

Secondly, for anyone that knows of good greens/putting areas, please post a picture of it and explain what makes it good. or, just post a link to the picture on the dgcr website. (post the link to the course, and tell what number hole it is).
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:21 PM
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A good green is a green that has a basket ten feet wide in the middle of it.

Seriously though, a putting practice area should imo incorporate as many conditions as possible that may occur on a course:

* * * flat
* * * upslope
* * * downslope
* * * overhang (forcing a putt from a low stance)
* * * low barrier (forcing a putt from a high stance - turbo or whatever)
* * * obstacles that you can stand behind and practice sidearm putts, hyzer/anhyzer putts, etc

And, if you can wangle it, a big huge fan that you can set up to simulate wind conditions
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:53 PM
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I could be wrong, but I think he might be asking about greens on the course. I agree with all the things you mentioned though, and like to see all these things mixed in throughout a course. I like each green to present a new challenge or a different look, and I think it's cool when different parts of the green give very different putting options. This makes it a more interesting decision off the tee when one side or the other of the basket gives you a better look at the putt.
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try putting through tight windows of branches.
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Basket on a hill.

Basket in a rock bed (Rankin lake has one...unfortunately no pics)
Basket in a rock wall (another Rankin feature)
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billnchristy, could you show me some pics? thanks for the rest of the input guys.
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No, I didn't realize there were only pics of the front 9 there and didn't bring my camera...I will be heading back to Gastonia when I have to train the guys how to use SAP so I will then. (Aug/Sep)
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I think you want a mix of putting greens on a course. Elevation, OB, trees, underbrush, etc... use everything you've got. One of my favorite putting shots I've seen is on a little 9-hole course in Richmond. Hole 2 is downhill through trees, with a creek and an 8' dropoff right before the basket. If you layup above the creek, you're putting sharp downhill, and still easily inside the 10m putting radius. If you go for the basket, you risk OB or skipping way deep of the basket. I wish I had a picture... but it's a really cool green.

Also, elevated pin placements are really worthwhile once or twice on a course. Shot at Hornet's Nest in Charlotte, NC, where the hole is ~200', but at the 200' mark is a vertical berm that goes straight up ~10'... basket is atop the berm. It's totally an ace run, but if you run high, you go way, way past the basket. If you go low, you hit the berm, then you are putting almost straight up at the basket. Fantastic hole. Lots of other examples, but I think having at least one, maybe two, elevated basket placements is a great addition to add difficulty and an element of risk/reward to short holes.
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Are you using "good" to mean "challenging"?
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some hawk hollow greens...




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