So I have been wanting to build a green in my backyard for sometime now. With the COVID-19 epidemic, I have a bunch of time on my hands and figured this would be the time to do it.
A little background information: I am an avid golfer that can’t get enough of the game. I am a member of a semi-private course in Western PA. During high school and college, I worked at the same course I am a member at. During that time I was able to learn a little about golf course agronomy. Since then, I have become friends with a guy who lives near me that happens to be a former golf course superintendent. His knowledge has helped me along the way.
Since I am not trying to spend a ton of money on this project, I resorted to doing all the work by hand. So no backhoes, ditch witches, etc. Just good old fashioned shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, etc.
I am building this green to USGA specs. I plan on planting perennial rye grass so it will be kept at FW height. This will allow me to work on my short game up to 100 yards. It is approximately 500 square feet. I have completed the coring of the green and bunker. The next step is to put in the drainage, however with all the rain we have been getting, it has slowed me down quite a bit.
Hope you enjoy these pictures. I will be sure to post more as the project progresses.
How I spent my Easter Sunday.
A look from 75 yards out.
Good look from the right side of the green.
Working on the coffin bunker.
Got the inspiration for this when watching reruns of 2016 British Open highlights at Royal Troon.
A look from just in front of the coffin bunker.
A look from just in front of the green.
Drainage ditch dug in order to keep as much run-off water off the green as possible.
Drainage ditch in front of green and bunker. Where we stand at this moment.