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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pilot Builds Golf Course

How do you build a golf course?

Have a vision. 
Get committed: Buy turf, cups and flags. 
And follow through. 

Lots of little helpers at the beginning of the project to dig the dirt and move rocks are a great help too. 

Ground preparation is essential. I thought that water would flow through the turf. But the turf is solid rubber on the back and you don't want water to soak in. Thus the ground needs to have a bit of a slope so the water will run off. That could be a challenge depending upon your yard. I'm waiting to see where the pond will develop after our first rain.

 Rent a tamper to pound that dirt into place.

Cover the ground with weed cover. Pay the money and get the most expensive paper... worth the weight in gold to not rip when you're running over it with a wheelbarrow.

Build a boarder to hold the rock. Then you'll need 3-4 inches of crushed rock over the entire surface tamped down to the feel of cement. I brought in 3.5 yards.

Then you dig the holes for your cups. Place the cups in and cement them. Fill around them with more crushed rock. Missed the photo shoot on that one...

Cut and place your turf down. You will glue the pieces together. Make sure the grain goes the same way. 

Then you cover the turf with sand. The sand is use to hold the turf down. Make sure you get tan color and super fine. 800 lbs on a 300 square foot surface. I used a spreader and evenly spread 50 lbs at a time and brushed into the turf. 16 bags later... I was done... until the hard part.

Cutting the holes was my challenge, and the last thing you do. I used the shop vac to suck the sand out of the turf where the holes would be cut. That made it much easier than cutting through sand and turf.

Then I moved my rocks to make a rock wall, and added a fountain and she was done. 

Do you want to build a course? Call my friend Dan Dowty at Artificial Turf and Putting Greens. (573) 4654 8311 

He will give you the best deal on the turf and his support during the project phenomenal. He even gave me his cell phone if I needed him. It's nice when you get into a project like this to have someone to talk to. When I was going to buy 9 cups, he said it would be too busy. I bought 7 and used 5. I also bought 3 flags and he is sending me two more in exchange for photos.

Reward yourself when you're done!

I bought myself a new patio table for my prize. But seriously... doing this was the prize itself. So yesterday I cleaned my deck, stood on my roof and washed the glass over my deck, and my little yard is done. 

Today I'm off to SLC and then to Paris. No time to play on the course... but I'm sure it will be used while I'm away.

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Author of Flight For Control and Flight For Safety,
If you haven't read's time!


  1. This looks FANTASTIC! You did an excellent job. I need to have you over to help with my landscaping, lol!

    1. Thanks Heather! And I can still bring my tile saw to do your bathroom too. :)

  2. Don't be surprised if I suddenly appear knocking on your door to have a go on that golf course!

    It looks really good! Excellent job!

    1. You can suddenly appear at my house anytime! Looking forward to it.

  3. This is really cool, I'll have to come check it out! Have a great trip!

    1. Thanks Daniel! Yes... you will! Looking forward to seeing you.

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  5. Hilarious and oh what fun! Is that labor crew available for hire? They sure do look busy. Given a purpose - Help Grandma, of course they put some soul into their work. What a fun project and the assistants are dedicated beyond understanding. Thanks, Karlene. -Craig

    1. I'm sure they are! They put quite an effort in moving rocks and digging holes. I'm going to keep that helping effort as long as possible. Thank you so much for the comment!

  6. Karlene...

    I sometimes navigate in your blog. You know I am a curious person. So I was thinking "how did she learn to mix cement?"

    Madam Petitt, you are one of your kind. Very... Peculiar.

    That commitment has to do with Taurus.

    Take a picture if a pond appears, sir!

    1. I'm going to blame the Taurus too! One day you shall play on the course. :)


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