Looking good so far, keep posting update pics ...
DID YOU SELECT SOUTHWEST TO PUT YOUR GREEN IN?
Good Luck. you'll sleep good tonight.
SW makes great greens! I would go with them if I were you.
Looking good so far!
Looks good Jerry,
What an awesome project, can't wait to see the next photos. I am sure you kids (and you) will love it!!!
Sorry it has been so long between updates. I've been busy selecting a vendor, making design decisions, taking my son to his golf tournaments, playing in a golf tournament (chalk up a win for Team Titleist at the El Camino Country Club member/member spring tournament), and practicing my father daughter dance with my daughter.
I selected Amazing Synthetic Greens, a local contractor. The owner used to work for Southwest Greens but I think has moved forward with some improvements. He is a real artist who doesn't just install generic greens. We've been working on the design together for over a week now. He uses a different, woven material that depends a bit less on the sand fill and will hold it's speed better. The SW greens that I putted on locally had gotten to a speed of about 14 with unpredictable grain. I expect my green to be about 11 which is much more like my son will be seeing in tournaments.
Here is a photo of the concrete pad that goes under the green. Guarantees no settling. ASG is the only vendor that includes this in their bid:
Here is a current picture of the backyard as of tonight. The blue marks are the rough layout of the green. note the large elevation change from back to front. The right side front is a grass bunker. The left side front is a sand bunker. Note the added railroad ties in the back left.
Oh yeah...I decided to do the front yard too. I was just going to get synthetic grass and rock landscaping but asked him to quote a putting green too. I couldn't resist so the front yard is getting a smaller green, probably something simple but I'll probably put a big break into it too. It also has a flagstone patio, boulder, palm trees and a small tee box. Here is a photo of progress on it:
Thanks for all the interest and words of encouragement. I'll do better at keeping up with progress reports in the future. --Jerry
Your project looks awsome. I'm very jealous, the best i can get in my back garden is a rota net but at least it means i get to hit full shots if i just get 30 mins spare.
I got my net from a firm called Huxley Golf , they also do all weather greens which while i understand the weather won't be a problem for you over there it solves the problems of divot damage if it's getting a lot of use. I haven't used one myself but our club pro has and he says that the ball reacts just like a natural green.
I think that they are a UK firm but it could be worth a look as you can alter all the slopes too.
Either way good luck. I'll be watching out for pictures of it finished.
That setup is awesome!!! I can't wait to see the finished project. Seeing the project in the various stages is really cool. Thanks for taking time to post and update us.
Awesome results Jerry
Shaping up well! Could have left a small section as a water hazard...just kidding.
Well, we have talked about putting in a water hazard but it is too hard to maintain.
So the cups are in and the pad is down. Currently installing fringe.
Here is a view from behind the Natural grass pitching area. Topsoil and sod coming tomorrow. The dead elephants buried just this side of the green get tiff bermuda too. Sand will be the last thing added. We put rr ties in the front of the bunker.
And here is the front yard. Smaller putting green, more decorative. A place to put while watching the neighborhood kids play. This will be a tee box in the foreground, a large douple king palm goes in the hole and a flagstone patio goes on the left.
It's a lot of fun and when people ask me what it costs I tell them "A lot less than a kitchen remodel". Sometimes it's nice not to have a wife.
Looking Good !!!
Awesome, I'm so jealous. The only thing better than one putting green is two. You're house is going to get a lot more popular. What's next a beverage cart?!
Seriously though it's looking awesome.