Creating a golf yardage book green may seem like a task for the professionals, but the average golfer can create this useful tool for himself with a little effort. Getting the correct yardage on your home course can sometimes be a daunting task, but if you're willing to sacrifice one good day of golf at the course and do a little work, it could drastically improve the pleasure of your next round as well as have a positive impact on your scores. Follow these simple steps and you can create your own golf yardage book for your home course. The things you will need are:
- Small flip-chart type note pad with lined or unlined paper
- two sharp pencils with erasers
- accurate range finder
- Choose a slow day at the course. You should choose the least busy day of the week to create your yardage book. If you attempt to create your yardage book on the weekend, you're going to be constantly waiting for golfers to clear before you can resume your mapping. This could make completing your task in a single day nearly impossible.
- Sketch a small outline of the hole from tee-box to the green. Start with the first hole of your home course and create a simple sketch of the hole, noting all of the landmarks of the hole, such as, the route of the cart path, primary fairway, sand traps, water, bushes, trees or any other markers that are noticeable. You will repeat this step for each of the holes that you wish to include in you yardage book.
- Get the distance. After you have sketched the hole, it is time to determine various distances that you want to include in your yardage book. You may choose to include distances from every tee box or the tee box that you typically play from. This is were you will have to use your range finder. The first thing you will want to check is the accuracy of the existing markers on the hole. If they are accurate, you may use these as a starting point for your yardage charting. Locate different areas on each hole were you typically land on your golf shots and find the distance to the flag. Mark these on your sketch of the hole, noting the distance next to each one. If there are sand traps or water hazards, you may want to note the distance to reach them as well as the distance needed to clear them.
- Repeat the process. Repeat steps two and three for each hole that you wish to include in your yardage book. This is going to take a while, but be patient and you will create a very useful tool for future golf outings.