Re: How to make a yardage book?
Originally Posted by DarkPrince
I'll post something better. The yardage book I have (sorry, don't have a scanner) is black and white drawing. While it is detailed, it's rudamentary. What you have below is a replication of that yardage book, but using a Google Earth Photo of one of my favorite holes, the 18th at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, IN. This is a par 5. The yardages on the dots withing 100 yards or so to the hole indicate distance from the dot to the front edge of the green. The points back in the fairway have TWO yardages. The one closer to the green is the distance to the front edge of the green. The yardage underneath the dot is the distance back to the tee box.
The PGA Championship Yardage book looked just like this, but was drawn in black and white. I like this better. It took me about 3 minutes to get the yardages from Google Earth. I drew a CRUDE outline of the hole on paper, then wrote the numbers on it. Another minute to crop the photo, and a few minutes to enter the numbers from my paper onto the image in my favorite photo editing software.
Putting Green Breaks are shown like this.....
The larger the ////||||||\\\\\\ The steeper the break. I don't really feel these types of drawings will help players like us very much, especially if you are doing your home course or a course you play a lot. You probably know the greens and just want yardages from various points along the hole. I think this photo would be better if it were zoomed in/blown up a bit, but just wanted to show you the idea.
Black or white drawing or Color Aerial Photo? I'm going with the color! With regards to elevation changes, those can be indicated with putting green ////||||\\\\\ just put them in the fairway and a little number next to it. Say, a 5. That means there is a five yard drop from the tee box to the fairway. IF the green is 5 yards back UP... put down the //////||||||\\\\\\\ but put the 5 on the OTHER side of the lines to indicate it's a 5 yard CLIMB this time.