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More Homeowners Installing Customized Par 3s on Their PropertyMarch, 2007
As wonderful as backyard putting greens are, many installations only allow you to practice one aspect of your short game. However, if you have a little more space to work with on your property, you can develop your own par 3 hole – equipped with tee boxes, bunkers and anything else you desire. If your home rests on a larger plot or you already have a sizable manicured lawn, a customized par 3 could offer you a complete practice facility in the comfort of your own backyard.
Many homeowners that have built small par 3s on their property have been able to maintain natural grass around the green, while installing a synthetic turf putting surface.
A good example of a successful backyard par 3 is a customer who installed a 1500 square foot putting surface and slightly altered the existing landscaping to maximize the practice options. Throughout the lawn, the homeowner included five different tee areas, ranging in distance from 40 yards to 90 yards. The existing lawn was then mowed to a traditional fairway height, while a sand trap completed the practice tools.
In the development process, The Putting Green Company was able to work with the customer to place the putting green in an optimal position, while the construction utilized the existing grades of the property to create a natural, easy-to-maintain installation. The homeowner had this to say about the results of the project: “My boys and I have been hitting balls to this spot from all over the property. Now we can actually chip, putt, play a game and keep score, rather than just hitting at a flag in the yard.”
For golfers like the previous customer, a customized par 3 hole is the best home solution for both practice and fun. Allowing golfers to work on such neglected techniques as chipping, scrambling and bunker play, installations like those mentioned above are a great way to knock strokes off your score. Furthermore, as such projects can be developed around the installation of a simple backyard putting green, a customized par 3 will take not only your game – but your property – to the next level.
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