Going for the greens
Practice your putting in your own back yard? More owners
are lining up this option
Pete Van Curen and Bob McCafferty, both of Fort Thomas,
often buddy up for golf at Highland Country Club.
But when it comes to putting proficiency, they have a much
shorter trip - out the house and down a few steps to their personal
McCafferty opted for a synthetic green by Buckeye Putting
Greens under a stand of trees shading the back corner of his property. Van
Curen, chose the natural grass route - on his hilly front yard above the
bustle of Grand Avenue - despite the warning of his friend, Paul Hoar, the
Highland golf course superintendent.
"We tried to talk him out of it. But he's the type who can
manage it," says Hoar.
Both are part of a home-improvement trend over the past five
years that has families slamming doors and heading outside during
fair-weather months to relax, play, dine and cook in style and
"Our sales have doubled every year for the past three years.
The growth of synthetic greens is on an explosion path," says Robert
Zielinski of Buckeye Putting Greens in Springboro. The company sells and
installs the Mirage system, which includes mower marks to replicate newly
"Cincinnati is catching on to the fad - and the value," says
Zielinski. "More people are talking about backyard greens as a landscape
feature and entertainment spot, from the socially elite to your everyday
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