If you are obsessed with golf, but lack the time to make it out to the green each weekend, you can sate your cravings with a small golf course at home. That is, if you have the space and the nerve to take it on.
First you need to give careful consideration to how much time and space you have. This is more work than you may realize, first with the design, and then the building and maintaining of it. You are going to need at least enough space for one hole, and the materials to make it.
Ideally you should have the space to make your course around 15 yards long. How complicated it is will depend on the terrain, and the number of hills and slopes you have. You could make a 4 or even 5 par course if you have the time to maintain it, but most settle on a par 3.
To make the fairway, mow in rows so that you have stripes like the real thing. This will have to be done at least every 4 days. Ideally it should measure 8 to 10 feet across with grass that is 3 to 4 inches high. The green should be mowed on the lowest possible setting and maintained every 2 days. This should be the flattest surface of your yard and should measure 8 feet by 8 feet. There should be about 2 feet between the green and the fairway for the rough.
You can up the game by making a few sand traps on your course. These can be 5 by 5 feet and create a challenge for your backyard course. If you do make these a part of your homemade golf course, make sure that you secure them with a wireless pet containment system. If not, your dog may have a better time burying his bones out there. A K9 pet containment system goes underneath the ground, so it will interfere with the way your course looks or plays.
All you need now is a good supply of golf balls, tees, putter and sand wedge. Unless your yard is the size of a football field and you plan on taking long shots. Liven it up with some well placed decorative lighting, and you can play on your own course long after the pros have gone home to bed.
This is a fun way to get use from your yard and satisfy your golf cravings. Just be careful once friends start to notice, or soon you are going to have golfers signing up to take their turn on your green.