Putting mini-golf in my backyard

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ArTsYwRiTeR wrote:
Congratulations for the work that you have done. Truly is pretty!

Happy putting!


Thanks. It was wayyy more work than I thought. Mostly because when I started I just thought I would put in the fake lawn, which then turned into putting curbing and fake lawn, which then turned into a new patio and curbing and fake lawn, which then turned into new lights, etching and resurfacing the existing patio, spreading chips on the old garden, LED lights in the cups, eletricity by the new patio, water supply, cool rope lighting, a new power supply for the larger wattage lights, new spotlight....and new patio and curbing and fake lawn.

I officially hate golf.
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I officially hate golf.

lol... at the end when you get done, you will fill proud of the work. I'm sure your neighbors would be jealous. You might make them pay an entrance fee to play golf lol.
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Or maybe you or your wife will get a transfer at work and you will have to move cross country and leave the new personal golf course behind.
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lol... that's probably the worse case scenario
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I checkedd out online for colored golf balls. You can get them, but only in packs of 10. So to get 8 different colors, I would have to buy 80 stupid balls.

So I went down to the local mini putt and asked if I could buy 10 golf balls. I think they thought I was nuts, but here are 10 official mini-putt balls for a whopping $5

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Awesome. Looks like you will be playing golf soon :P
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I like that they came from a real mini-putt golf course...it's like they are "authentic". Real people played with these only hours before on real course...
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They look like gumballs! hehehe
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hehe yeah you're right, hehe ... I would love a gumball right now ...
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Do golf balls get "broken in" ? :scratchhead:
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Do golf balls get "broken in" ? :scratchhead:


I don't think so, but some of the balls are smoother than the others. Suggesting that when they have been around the miniputt course 17,340 times, they do wear down.

Today I am really excited. The yard is nearly tamped down, the guys to install come tomorrow, and by Sunday night it will be DONE!

God it's been alot of work.

I hate golf.
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The last step: leveling and tamping the putting surface, then installing the lawn:

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Tomorrow I have two guys coming to my house to install the lawn. Just like the concrete patio; I did most of the grunt work, then I hired two guys to finish the job professionally.

So sunday, it will all be done.

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So the guys that were supposed to install the lawn....didn't even show up today.

Um, $1200 and they didn't show up... wierd...
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We used to have a saying at one place I worked, "No call, no show, no job".

Any reason they would have second thoughts about doing it ? :scratchhead:
I've always loved the jobs where all of the "grunt work" is done and all I have to do is fly in and button things up.
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I actually should have expected it. I was referred to this guy from another guy, that said "he's good, but has issues with being late".

So he is currently about 9 hours late.

Still no idea if he is good.

I posted for another crew on Craigslist. I'm sure I can find a crew that will take my money.
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"It has begun"...

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How thick is that stuff ?
How is it held down ?
Do the holes go in before or after the turf ?
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The stuff is about 3/8 inch thick. It's not flimsy.

The cups/holes get put in concrete before anything. They are wrapped in mylar plastic, then after the concrete sets, they are removed and just concrete molds are left.

The lawn is then put over it and held down in place with sand. They work sand into the lawn to hold it down, lots of it too. The sand makes it look and feel like a real putting green (as real putting green is planted in sand, not earth).

The holes for the cups are then cut out, and the plastic cups are placed back into the concrete molds.

It doesn't look fake at all so far. The lawn is thick and the sand in it looks nice. I am surprized.
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Can't wait to see the picture of the finished putting green :D I've being following this thread like the mini golf was being put into my backyard...
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Haha, well if you are ever in San Diego, feel fre to email me and come over for a game!

I am having a party Sept 13'th and inviting all my friends. I even made a little scorecard for people to play.

Today I was thinking of obstacles. Stuff like odd shaped bricks or stepping stones that you could bank the ball off of. I don't want to make the windmills and gorrilas, but I would like to have some sort of classy / modern art style of obstacles.
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Maybe some old HDDs and CD-Roms and such ... lol ...
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camperjohn wrote:
I would like to have some sort of classy / modern art style of obstacles.

Giant concrete spork?
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or maybe some samurai legends like these ... With their bases in odd shapes so they could be obstacles ...
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Yeah that stuff definately doesn't look flimsy in the photo, I was way off on the concrete height and that turf looks like it's 1/2 - 1 inch thick so I figured I'd ask this time.

I never would have thought that stuff was held into place with sand, I've got a new wrinkle on my forehead over that one.

As far as obsticles, even you you don't manage to stuff a real gopher, I think there should at least be a plastic or concrete one around the course somewhere.
That way whenever someone asks what made you do it, you can just point to the gopher.
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I always dreamed to put mini golf on my backyard, but I have no spot to place it.
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Yeah that stuff definately doesn't look flimsy in the photo, I was way off on the concrete height and that turf looks like it's 1/2 - 1 inch thick so I figured I'd ask this time.

I never would have thought that stuff was held into place with sand, I've got a new wrinkle on my forehead over that one.

As far as obsticles, even you you don't manage to stuff a real gopher, I think there should at least be a plastic or concrete one around the course somewhere.
That way whenever someone asks what made you do it, you can just point to the gopher.


Well I at LEAST need to make a "No Gophers" sign!!!

Like this: http://www.pennstateshenangoalumnisocie ... 20Sign.jpg

Or this would be better!!

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh84 ... f_sign.jpg
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Actually I just thought of it, next week my mom arrives, and she LOVES going to garage sales. She will be a wealth of useful garage sale eyes looking for useless stuff to go in course.

The idea is that anything I put out there, I can remove later. Someday I will sell the house, and I will need it to look like a professional putting course. Until then, it's windmills and gorillas, and whatever else.

By the way, If you think I am a do it yourselfer, has everyone seen the 200 foot trainset I put in my house?

http://www.shortyshortproductions.com/photos/trainset/

And the Tardis comuter case I made to quiet my computer?

http://www.shortyshortproductions.com/photos/tardis/
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Man, I love this thread. I can't wait to see how this turns out. :thumbsup:
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The lawn is not complete. It will be done 100% tomorrow, then I will take more pics. Until then, here is a sample of 2 months ago, and $9000 ago:

Before:

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(almost) After:

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New lights, new patio, old patio resurfacing, putting green.
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Man that is seriously a night and day difference. Very nice.
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