Welcome to Balsam Hollow Golf Course
History of Balsam Hollow

This attempt at a golf course was started in July, 2001, as just a practice area to hit golf balls. My wife and I built a small green with real creeping bent grass and later we picked up a walk-behind Jacobsen 22 Greens Mower.

Then we decided to have some of our 30 or so acres of woodland clear-cut to make possible fairways, if we really wanted to continue. In the fall of that year a local logger and friend, Doug Clark, started clear-cutting fairway areas that would give us a potential nine holes. Doug had an excavator and a bulldozer, and we asked him to rough-grade a few of the cleared areas. He did an excellent job grading, ditching where needed, and digging three ponds for irrigation. Most fairways run across the hilly terrain, and are about 100 ft. wide.

Another fortunate event occurred that helped greatly. A local saw mill was clearing a field to expand their lumber stacking area, and had a lot of loam to dispose of. So we bought 2,000 yards of beautiful, stone-free loam for future use on the fairways. In 2002 we started shaping a couple of holes using our John Deere medium-sized tractor, which has a bucket and back hoe on it, and built a couple more greens, using modified USGA guidelines.

By fall 2009 we hope that all nine holes will be playable, but it takes about two years for the fairway turf and greens to come in full. Also, improvements are planned to widen most holes over the next few years, if our energy and finances don't disappear. There is a mix of par three and par four holes, with a variety of distances and hazards,so as to encourage the golfer to become proficient with all of the clubs in his or her bag. The fairways are a bit narrow, which then stresses "straight" over "long", and "accuracy" over "power".

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