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Fell down a Youtube hole and found out that home made courses are a thing

I know quite a few tour pros have them in the their backyards but he first couple of these tracks were built by amateurs. One is out in the desert and the other looks like it’s round a collection of backyards.

And just to show how it can be done with loads of cash here’s coach Dave Pelz’s with his backyard set up - which looks amazing .

It got me thinking If money were no object what would be on your dream homemade course? Would it be super hard, bunkers deeper than WW1 shell holes?

Would you even bother? Personally if I had the land and the cash I would in a second.

 

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 When I was a kid my buddy and I destroyed my dad’s lawnmower by building a little three hole course out in the empty field behind our house.   I still visualize some of those shots when faced with certain pitches...

Chris DiMarco built a house right around the corner. His backyard has a practice/play area similar to Pelz’s.  That’s got to be fun on a Saturday afternoon barbecue!

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Several farms, when the owner decided to retire from farming, and/or ranching have been turned into golf courses. At first hey did it for themselves, but later found they could charge for public use. 

I have played quite a few of these types of courses. Mostly in Idaho, and Oregon. They give the term "cow pasture pool" a legit meaning. 

A guy, his wife and friends built an 18 hole course up in Canada. It took a few years to complete. It became so popular, a large golf course company bought them out for a few million dollars.  

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9 hours ago, Patch said:

Several farms, when the owner decided to retire from farming, and/or ranching have been turned into golf courses. At first hey did it for themselves, but later found they could charge for public use. 

I have played quite a few of these types of courses. Mostly in Idaho, and Oregon. They give the term "cow pasture pool" a legit meaning. 

A guy, his wife and friends built an 18 hole course up in Canada. It took a few years to complete. It became so popular, a large golf course company bought them out for a few million dollars.  

My league course is like that. It was an orchard. The owners decided to make it into a golf course and did most of the design themselves with some help on the greens. They left one small orchard on 9. If you hit into it, local rule allows a free drop. it is a decent course too.

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On 1/30/2019 at 8:49 PM, David in FL said:

 When I was a kid my buddy and I destroyed my dad’s lawnmower by building a little three hole course out in the empty field behind our house.   I still visualize some of those shots when faced with certain pitches...

 

Ha. That's a brilliant story! 

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Long, long ago, when I was a kid, my buddies and I each had a hole or two with flagsticks in our back yards, Then we would play to each other's yards for a little competition. One hole required you to clear a neighbor's yard who wasn't in the game whatsoever. Maybe a 100 yard shot to carry the fence. Crazy  but interesting. The videos posted above are pretty amazing!

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When I was a kid we used to play around and over my house and a few of the neighbors' houses using wedges and these squishy foam baseballs. 

The foam is hard to explain, but if you've ever seen one of these kinds of bats, you'll understand what I mean: https://www.amazon.com/Franklin-Sports-Oversized-Baseball-Colors/dp/B002HU2H3E/ref=pd_bxgy_21_img_2/131-3648354-2197030?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B002HU2H3E&pd_rd_r=1d050622-2756-11e9-be91-c98cce466c71&pd_rd_w=YCKZn&pd_rd_wg=V4I0S&pf_rd_p=3f9889ac-6c45-46e8-b515-3af650557207&pf_rd_r=A3BG73JRT1Y34W1WH4C6&psc=1&refRID=A3BG73JRT1Y34W1WH4C6

Those things compress weirdly well so you actually get some good speed behind them, but they don't carry far, and they slow down so fast that you can hit siding, woods, lights, etc. without doing damage. Plus with a wedge you can get real air under them so we'd play holes up and over two-story houses, garages, rock walls, trees, etc.

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41 minutes ago, jamo said:

When I was a kid we used to play around and over my house and a few of the neighbors' houses using wedges and these squishy foam baseballs. 

The foam is hard to explain, but if you've ever seen one of these kinds of bats, you'll understand what I mean: https://www.amazon.com/Franklin-Sports-Oversized-Baseball-Colors/dp/B002HU2H3E/ref=pd_bxgy_21_img_2/131-3648354-2197030?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B002HU2H3E&pd_rd_r=1d050622-2756-11e9-be91-c98cce466c71&pd_rd_w=YCKZn&pd_rd_wg=V4I0S&pf_rd_p=3f9889ac-6c45-46e8-b515-3af650557207&pf_rd_r=A3BG73JRT1Y34W1WH4C6&psc=1&refRID=A3BG73JRT1Y34W1WH4C6

Those things compress weirdly well so you actually get some good speed behind them, but they don't carry far, and they slow down so fast that you can hit siding, woods, lights, etc. without doing damage. Plus with a wedge you can get real air under them so we'd play holes up and over two-story houses, garages, rock walls, trees, etc.

that's funny.   We used bats and balls like that for baseball in the driveway and to play 500 over the house.

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There was a time when I and my buddies would just head to the nearby public park with a couple of clubs and balls. We'd swat balls around these dense oak forests aiming for that picnic table, that barbecue grill, or that tree! Talk about learning how to "thread the needle!" Then we'd play out of the woods onto the baseball field and play to home plates or backstops. Heck, I started out playing this game digging a hole in the back yard and chipping to it with old, hickory shafted clubs! 

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