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So I am playing a course tomorrow that I have not played before, and looking at the layout, I decided to create my first yardage book, just to see if I could. All I used was Google Earth, PowerPoint, a printer, scissors, laminating sheets, hole punch, and binder rings. Did not turn out too bad for my first attempt. Now that Covid has me staying at home all the time, I have plenty of free time to tinker around. Let me know what you guys think. I only laminated the front and back cover so I can leave the rest to write notes.

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3 hours ago, dennyjones said:

Very nice.  It looks like you put quite a bit of time and effort into your project.  

Surprisingly, it was not too bad. I would say total time from start to finish was about 6 hours over two days. I am planning on doing a couple more for some other course I routinely play. 

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Very nice! I recently played a local course I'd not played before. It was light rain and fog and trying to figure out where the fairway and green was from the dinky little image on the tee box sign really made me wish I'd prepared a lot better - like you did!

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My wife bought a laminating machine.  I might have to give this a shot.  Two of the courses I play with some regularity have yardage books, but Pine Hills (which is a goat track) does not, and I will be taking my kids there to play because it's cheap and wide open.  The front nine is pretty straightforward, but the back nine has a lot of water and forced carries, which would be made a lot easier with a yardage book.  It would also make it easier for me to set up tees for the kids to play from.

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Great job on the book! I use a range finder, but that doesn't tell me about the little creek up front or traps in the corners i can't see. I think if I had a book like this, it can help a lot with my filming too!

[EDIT] Where did you get the images? Do you contact the course? 

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3 hours ago, Golf With John said:

Great job on the book! I use a range finder, but that doesn't tell me about the little creek up front or traps in the corners i can't see. I think if I had a book like this, it can help a lot with my filming too!

[EDIT] Where did you get the images? Do you contact the course? 

Search google earth, I’ve tried and found it’s better using the biggest screen you have. Then take a photo of each hole and edit that photo, good luck...

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7 hours ago, Golf With John said:

Great job on the book! I use a range finder, but that doesn't tell me about the little creek up front or traps in the corners i can't see. I think if I had a book like this, it can help a lot with my filming too!

[EDIT] Where did you get the images? Do you contact the course? 

I use a gps watch myself, but hadn't played this particular course before and wanted to be able to reference the hole from an aerial view quickly. I do not have photoshop or anything like that. So, what I did was use google earth on my phone, took screenshots, and then uploaded them to powerpoint and made slides. then i printed out the presentation outline (like three slides per page), then cut them out. i only laminated the front and back covers. Honestly, I did this because I was bored one day, and was watching youtube on how to do it (there are plenty of good tutorials, although you get much better results with photoshop). I said to myself, "I should try that." 

I think I may try to get photoshop soon and try to make some better ones.

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On 5/20/2020 at 4:39 PM, gerald463 said:

So I am playing a course tomorrow that I have not played before, and looking at the layout, I decided to create my first yardage book, just to see if I could. All I used was Google Earth, PowerPoint, a printer, scissors, laminating sheets, hole punch, and binder rings. Did not turn out too bad for my first attempt. Now that Covid has me staying at home all the time, I have plenty of free time to tinker around. Let me know what you guys think. I only laminated the front and back cover so I can leave the rest to write notes.

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This is really cool!  Nice job

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On 11/17/2020 at 6:48 PM, gerald463 said:

I think I may try to get photoshop soon and try to make some better ones.

You can also use Canva. I use that for lot of editing images and it's much much cheaper than Photoshop. Easy to use as well. Let me know of the difference if you continue making other course! Good luck.

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