Designing a Golf Course For Your Backyard

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.

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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.

Is Archery Golf the Wave of the Future?

Summer is here, and it is likely that you have already made it to the green at least a half dozen times since the grass started to turn green. If you are ready for something different, archery golf offers a unique challenge, under the same premise as regular golf. Trade in your irons for the best bow you can find, and your balls for some arrows, and try your skills at something new this summer.

In archery golf various target pucks are set up at different distances which need to be hit with your arrow. Just like with golf, there will be natural obstacles to get in your way while you keep count of how many shots it takes to make the target.

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Archery Golf Equipment

In order to take full advantage of the sport, you are going to need a large open area with space for at least nine distinct targets. This number is not set in stone, so you can increase or decrease that number depending on the size of the available space, but if not enough it may grow boring quick. Players then stand at the assigned starting position and take their best shot with their recurve bow. Wherever the arrow lands is the spot where they will stand to make their next shot. Since this is not an “official” sport, you can adjust the rules to suit your playing grounds and the skill level of you and your opponents.

Choosing the Right Recurve Bow and Arrows for Beginners

Chances are you have never held a bow before unless you are already skilled at archery. Check out some review sites and find the recurve bow that is getting the most positive feedback. You want one that is light enough to carry around since this is not your typical archery event. You will then need to visit a sporting goods store and try some out to make sure that it is the right size. They will also be able to help you in choosing your arrows for the sport.

Before getting a group together for a game of archery golf, visit a local range and get some tips and advice from a pro. They will be able to show you how to stand properly, the right way to hold your recurve bow, and how to set the arrow off into flight. There is just as much skill involved in archery as there is in golf, and you are going to want to get some practice first before you start setting up a complicated range.

Archery golf is a fun and exciting way to take the complexities of golf to a whole new level. Once you have mastered the shot, set up your course and get your golfing buddies hooked on a whole new way to avoid mowing the lawn.

 

Canadian Golfer Profile – Adam Hadwin

The dynamic Adam Hadwin has been named the 2014 top male golfer for Canada, and for good reason. As a member of the prestigious PGA tour and winner of the Web.com Tour winner, he has been a very busy athlete when it comes to making a name for himself.

Born in Saskatchewan in 1987, Hadwin grew up playing golf alongside his golf pro dad. Jerry Hadwin was a member of the Canadian PGA during the 1970’s and was happy to pass along his knowledge and skills for the sport onto his son. By 2008, the younger Hadwin was a member of the RCGA Canadian men’s amateur team before heading off to the University of Louisville to study business.

Almost immediately following his abandonment of life as a college student, Hadwin turned pro, and by the end of his first year had come in first at the Ledgeview Open as a part of the Vancouver Golf Tour. He would go on to win three more before the end of 2009. These wins enabled the young golfer to join the Canadian tour in 2010, where he continued to be noticed for his sharp skills and long drives.

Now with his win on the Web.com tour, he once again qualifies for the next PGA tour. He is now living in Abootsford in British Columbia, likely perfecting his skills in between golfing events. This past May, at the Colonial Tournament, he secured a $220,000 check for a 25 foot birdie on the 18th hole. This shot not only earned him some money, it secured his place in fifth position for the event.

That was not his only miracle shot for the event. On the 16th hole, Hadwin made a 40 foot putt, pulling himself out of a difficult bunker with one fell swoop, and making par to boot. This was a much needed boost for the young golfer who back in March had to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational to recover after a tough time down in Florida. But he has come back with a vengeance, and the tenacity of this young golfer is just what is needed for a lucrative future as a professional golfer.

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He certainly looks the part of the young handsome golfer whose only pursuit is in a hole in one. He doesn’t even give shaving time, as he is always photographed with a full beard of stubble, as if for good luck. He wears it well though, obviously following beard trimming tips and using healthy amounts of beard balm to keep it shiny.

As far as golfers go, Adam Hadwin is still extremely young and new to the sport. Expect to see more greatness from his as his Canadian golfing career continues to take off.

Best Golf Courses in the World

"Old course st andrews" by (WT-en) Nicolesabrina at English Wikivoyage - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Old course st andrews” by (WT-en) Nicolesabrina at English WikivoyageOwn work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Every golf fan dreams at playing some of the largest and best courses in the world. But which courses fit this description? What sets a great golf course apart from your local one? Below are some of the best golf courses in the world. If you are an avid golfer, we highly recommend making it a goal to play at all of them at some point in your life. Each one of them offers a unique and amazing experience, one that each golf fan will want to be apart of.

1. Pine Valley Golf Club – Players who have visited this course say it is one of the finest in the world. However, it is very reclusive and hard to get into. It is located in the Pine Barrens in Southern New Jersey, guarded by trees on all sides. It was founded back in 1913 when 183 acres of pine-lands were purchased. Another 416 acres were later added, now making it one of the most picturesque courses in the world.

2. Cypress Point Club – This golf course, located in Pebble Beach, is one of the most exclusive in the world. Bob Hope once quipped that during a membership drive, they drove away 20 members. This club is so exclusive that it is rare that you will see casual members on it. However if you can get in, you will be treated to a course along the Pacific coastline on rolling fairways.

3. St. Andrews – Any golfer that knows anything about golf wants to play a round at the Old Course at St. Andrews. Located in Scotland, this is one of the most famous courses in the world. It is also one of the oldest, with the game of golf being played here since the 15th century. There are other courses in the area, and all are open to the public, but you will need a reservation. The Old Course is also very challenging, so be sure you get some practice in before you go.

4. Pebble Beach Golf Links – This may be the most well known course in the United States. This course features narrow fairways, and an amazing view of the Pacific Coast. There is a particularly good view at the 18th hole, but it can also be quite windy here, so make sure you select the right club if you want the hole to go well.

5. Muirfield Village Golf Club – Lastly, we have another submission from Scotland. This course opened in 1744 and is home to the world’s oldest golfing societies. It was 200 years later that Jack Nicklaus won his first British Open on these storied greens. Most golfers will agree that this is a beautiful course, but it is also very challenging, and should probably not be attempted by amateurs.

And there you have it, 5 of the best golf courses in the world. All of these courses are challenging and hard to get into, but if you put your mind to it, you may find yourself walking the grounds one day.

Golf Swing Tips

"Pezula Golf Course 2" by Pvdm - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Pezula Golf Course 2” by PvdmOwn work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

When it comes to playing a good game of golf, the most important thing is how you swing the club. You can’t just walk up there and expect to hit it well, there are certain things that you need to do in order to be precise. If you are looking for some suggestions to improve your golf swing, we are here to help. Below are some quick tips to get you start that hopefully, when applied, will improve your swing dramatically.

1. Grip – To start, you need to hold the club the right way. You can’t just grab it any old way and start swinging. To get the perfect golf grip, do the following. Stand straight with your arms relaxed at your sides. Notice how your hands naturally lay – you will want to duplicate this when you grip the club. Bring your lead hand (left for righties, and vice versa) gently onto the club and hold it lightly with your thumb pointing down. The V between your thumb and index finger should be pointed towards your back shoulder. Now place your other hand below this hand, but remember to keep it in its natural position.

2. Stance – To get into a good stance, do the following. Spread your feet until they are shoulder width apart. Your weight should be balancing on the balls of your feet. Flex your knees slightly and bend at the hips, but keep your spine straight. Make sure you relax during your stance, and don’t grip the club too tight. You want to hold it securely, but not too tight. Once you have the right grip and the right stance, you are set up for a good swing.

3. The Swing – For the swing, there are two main parts, the Backswing (where you bring the club back) and the Downswing (where you drive the club forward to hit the ball). On the backswing, pivot your shoulders toward your spine, then shift your weight to the front of your back foot and hinge your front arm up into a 90-degree L-shape. This may sound a little complicated, but you’ll get the hand of it. On the downswing, release your arm in its L-shaped lever toward the target as you shift your weight to your front foot in one, smooth balanced motion. When done correctly, you should make solid contact with the ball and drive it in a straight line. We know it is a lot to keep in mind, but the more you practice it, the sooner it will become a second nature.

4. Relax – Lastly, be sure to relax while you are playing golf. There is a lot to think about on each and every swing, and it can become overwhelming. Try and take some deep breaths and just let your body do the work. If you overthink things, you can end up making it worse. When you take your golf game just a little bit less seriously, you will have more fun, which will drive you to practice more, which in turn will make you a better golfer.