We showed you how easy it is to build your very own backyard golf practice area for not a lot of money.
This is the opposite of that.
The "money is no object" practice area (Or, as my dad and I also like to call it, "Chris's backyard")
What you need: A lot of experience with heavy machinery (or hire someone who does), lots of money and a spouse who supports your crazy obsession with golf
Chris is my dad's neighbor who lives about a mile away. My dad has gotten to know Chris over the last couple of years from seeing him on the morning walk with his dog.
One day, my dad noticed something in Chris's backyard. It was like walking into an episode of MTV Cribs:
Yep. That right there is in the neighbors backyard. This, my friends, is the ultimate backyard golf practice area.
As it stands now, Chris has two tees set up in two different spots on his sprawling property. One is about 40 yards -- carrying water the entire way -- from his artificial practice green:
The other is from a mini-cliff, roughly 70 yards away (he also has plans to install a second green, which will be roughly 120 yards from the first tee):
I mean, couldn't you just practice here all day? Along with those longer pitch shots and lob-wedge shots, you can also chip and putt:
And Chris has thought of everything. Not wanting to go diving for water balls every few days to reload his bucket, Chris purchased two key items for his backyard practice area that come in incredibly handy and also keep (some) costs down. The first is floating range balls:
Chris has a skimmer to get the balls at the edge of the water, but for the ones that find a watery grave in the middle of his beautiful pond, Chris has this peddle boat:
Pretty sweet, isn't it?
Chris is a handy guy and does a lot of the work in his backyard by himself. Even with that, for a set-up like this one, you're talking 10s of thousands of dollars.
I don't have the extra dough for that. So, for now, I'm happy to use what I can in my backyard (a fantastic net by The Net Return, $595 -- pictured below) and then travel just five miles away for the open invitation to Chris's house.