Synthetic turf circles installed in a high-use practice area-Part 2

Synthetic turf circles with eric von hofen and
Like many driving range tees, practice chipping areas are tight on real estate.  The same holds true at this course.  With 575 golf members and a young membership that invades the area on a daily basis to hit their quota of practice shots, something had to be done and we began to explore our options.  In years past, we would rope off sections of the turf and not allow people to hit shots, allowing the turf some time to recover.  The success rate of this plan was highly dependent upon the growing season and the weather.  As a result, we realized synthetic turf was the only option.  If you saw my story on the installation of synthetic turf on a driving range tee, you know we kicked all the tires when selecting which product to use.  The product we selected for the driving range tee project received great reviews, so we went with it for the installation on the chipping area as well.  The Director of Golf and I hit a few shots from the chipping areas we thought would be best to maximize the land we had.  We also looked at how the design would work with 8 or more people using the space at one time.  The area allows 3 players to hit bunker shots, 5 to hit wedges to target greens and 2 to hit punch shots.  Not bad for a piece of real estate that is less than an acre in size.  We thought about installing a long tee line however, we quickly realized this was not an option.  A long tee line would have cut the size of useable space in half, limiting players to one area and preventing them from hitting their choice of shot.  After weighing the options, we chose to place 4 circles in different locations, which provided angles to both target greens from each location.  Check out the video below to see how we did it.

Please check out the video below of us changing out the driving range tee with the help of Synthetic Turf International.

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  1. Great idea Eric, I think its a great thing to explore and would be very interested in your follow up reports on member feedback etc.
    I was thinking about the circles as opposed to just having left them square pieces. I recalled learning early that for TV, we shouldn’t use square sod pieces on greens as they showed up but by using rounded/curved patches they were more easily hidden.
    Would the circles tend to blend in better eventually was that the idea ? and or perhaps another question I had was would there be any benefit to larger areas where players could be side by side… I imagine that will come with your feedback.
    Great idea though.

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