wondering if anyone knows where you can get rubber tee pads at a reasonable price....... $3000 for (18) recycled rubber pads is not a fair deal... in my mind.... although petroleum is expensive right now...... any help would be great, THANKS
Man, I have the exact same question. And I'm sure the $3000 price you mention is from Fly18.
I heard there's a company, Launch Pad, that makes them? The only site that links me there on a google search is marked as malicious and unsafe to visit by my FireFox web browser. That doesn't sound like a company I want to do business with..
I think the company, Vibram, that makes shoe soles is making tee pads now, at least I was told that last weekend on a course. I suspect they're expensive, though.
The Ann Arbor parks planner we're working with on the (was Brown Park) Mary Beth Doyle Park & Wetland Preserve redesign was teilling me about some stuff that they use under kids' swing sets that is like 4" think. I will be finding out soon what that costs but I doubt that he would be considering it unless he thought it was not too expensive. This could be what he was talking about. He insists that it does not get slippery when wet and that it wears extremely well.
I was looking into tee materials for a new local course and I've always thought the rubber ones at the Solitude, UT course were my favorites. While my research wasn't exhaustive, I found this site which seems to have the right material. I don't know how it will compare price-wise, and maybe there's cheaper options out there. Maybe someone who follows up with a few companies can find out and post it here.
i hear old carpet works well it wont look pretty on a public course but if its a backyard course it would work but i would say go with the bedliners deal im pretty sure you can pick them up used for like $50 a peice and that would be like an 8' by 4 or 5' pad
There is an industrial conveyer belt company in Pasco, WA that will not only sell rolls of material they will give you a piece to try out for free. It is steel belted conveyer belt with grooves on the bottom side. I got a piece to use in the back of my pickup for a bed liner.
We are putting in a new course at Black Butte Lake, CA. We will be using rubber " horse stall" mats for tees. We are purchasing them from a local Feed and Tack store for about $50 each. They are 8' by 4' by 2 inches in dimension. Big enough to throw from, and sturdy enough to handle the wear and tear. I'm pretty stoked about them, but you would need to check around for such stores in your area. The price is right though!
Naw, it is just a feed and tack store. The kind that sells stuff for farms, ranch animals and such. It is pretty rural where I live, so there are quite a few of them around here. The mats are designed to go into horse stalls, which is why they are so big and sturdy. I think they are pretty good option for those of us with limited resources and/or options. Any stores like that where you live? Maybe a farm and tractor supply store would carry these things?
Here's a link to a tractor supply company that sells those mats in different sizes. They have some for around $57 that are a 1/4 inch thick and 5'x8'. There's one store in Billings, Montana. Take a look.
I just installed a 9 hole "community course" yesterday in Willows CA, and we laid down 4'X6'X1" rubber mats that I got from the local Feed and Tack store (cost=$42 each). I'm telling you, they are great. Perhaps a little small for the "normal" dgr, but they are sturdy, smooth and great to throw from (and really heavy too). We just smoothed out the ground beneath them and tacked them down with some really big nails. Thay aint going nowhere, and should be good to go for several years (at least). FYI
I appreciate your confirming what I thought about using these mats. I searched and found www.greatmats.com and WOW. These folks have what you need if you buy anything like these mats.
I am building my private course and I expect after reading your comments, I will use stall mats but I'll probably use 2 mats per and form a "T". I just don't know if it would be better if the 'T' would be positioned with the wide part at the end or or beginning of the approach??