Homes Score Above Par With Golf Features

As I type this, the Last round of the 112th U.S. Open is under way in the Olympic Club in San Francisco*. The lakeside golf course in Olympic, on which the pros playdates back into its current form into the mid-1920s, nicely before houses sprung up across the fairways of golf courses across the United States. Nowadays”clubs,” as they’re called, are rather common, balancing fairways and housing lots. Houses have perspectives of a course’s”character,” and Trainers have more to compete as they slice their way through the following round.

But golf communities are not the only connection between golf and houses. This article looks at a couple of these houses on classes, but also other ways that among the world’s most well-known sports interact with the places we live.

* Tiger Woods tanked, and Jim Furyk choked on the last day of the Open, as Webb Simpson came from behind to snag his first major, the 15th different winner in the past 15 majors. He bested the rest of the field with a 1-over-par 281, meaning the real winner that day was that the Olympic Club for giving the pros a challenging test.

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Golf classes get their fair share of criticism, especially for the pesticides and water that go into their maintenance. Desert classes, a clear oxymoron, have addressed this dilemma by restricting grasses to tees, fairways and greens. “Rough” becomes native scrub, which has the inadvertent effect of creating a great setting for houses, which also opt for xeriscaping over water-hungry lawns.

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The view from in the house has the anticipated desert plants in the foreground and distant hills, but a lush green carpet is an unexpected component in between.

Blue Sky Building Company

Errant tee shots are surely an issue for people living over a golf course. This house in Raleigh, North Carolina, mitigates this difficulty by being set on the other side of a pond. The golf course is really a wonderful view over the water, while the trees next to the house give a modicum of privacy.

Christopher A Rose AIA, ASID

This house on Kiawah Island — a South Carolina island on the Atlantic that is home to five golf courses — nestles itself into the trees. The carefully manicured, rolling golf course is a splendid sight for those residents.

Wayne Windham Architect, P.A.

Another South Carolina house and golf course recalls the desert house at the beginning of the article, in the way demanding is eschewed in favour of other hazards, in this instance sand bunkers. To mepersonally, golf courses with creative hazards can be more visually appealing than traditional demanding; witness Pine Valley in New Jersey. This house, also nestled into its own golf course setting, is just another case in point.

Windsor Companies

Golf communities may be like having a course in your garden — and for many, residency aids in becoming a member of what are mostly private classes — but some people today wish to literally have a garden with a golf course in it. Enter backyard putting greens. This garden has not just a small green but also a pool, a boccie ball court and a tennis court.

Land & Water Design

This residence incorporates a custom green, even though it appears to be artificial turf instead of real grass, reducing the maintenance needed for the putting surface. And for those contemplating installing a putting green in their garden, maintenance is a huge issue, with choosing bud, trimming, watering, fertilizing and so forth.

Begrand Fast Design Inc..

Here is easily the nicest looking putting green on , with the best opinion to boot. There is loads of undulation into the green, giving the golfer lots of variety in practice. A little bunker is included as well, so one can practice getting up and down.

Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects

Nevertheless the very unique setting for a putting green is that the roofing of the boathouse in Seattle. Yep, it is artificial turf, but that makes sense when the”garden” putting green is on the roof.

Douglas Design Studio

A third and last meeting of golf and house are golf simulators. I first encountered one around 1990 in a golf store, but apparently they’ve made their way into houses as well. Golfers hit on a real ball into a screen whose sensors gauge distance and trajectory, so one can perform a”real” route without leaving home.

Kuhl Design Build LLC

Installing these simulators requires two items besides cash: the proper wiring and enough distance. A basement is a logical area for this sort of grown-up toy, but contemplating that the arc of a golf swing, most basements do not have enough clearance. The timber lining all surfaces of the simulator proves that even these spaces can be designed instead of leftover spaces. This area is a like a rustic locker space, cove lighting and all.

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The Weepers and the Creepers: 10 Intriguing Trees For The Garden

Trees are an acquired taste, much like good wine. I often joke with my customers that anyone can grow and love a tree which grows up, but it requires a unique person to raise and love one that crawls along the ground, twists or grows up before diving back into the ground. If these trees could speak, I feel certain they would draw us to your dialogue, share wisdom and share a few stories that are unforgettable. Sound intriguing?

Most gardeners are familiar with the old standbys, like weeping willow, weeping cherry and Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick. Maybe youpersonally, however, are searching for something a little different, something to express your identity. Allow me to introduce you to 10 of my favorites and discuss how to use these to make them really yours.

Jay Sifford Garden Design

Pendulous Norway Spruce
(Picea abies ‘Pendula’)

This spruce is a real workhorse in the backyard. Nursery growers will generally stake this tree to a height of 6 to 8 feet. The tree is then free to state its identity as it turns and slowly heads back to the ground, developing unique twists, turns and cascades. No two are alike, so it’s important to choose the tree considering how its shape will enhance the overall look of your backyard.

I have four of these in my own garden. Three are displayed on a high ridge and named “The Elders” since they remind me of austere old men.

USDA zones: 2 to 2 (find your zone)
Water and soil conditions: Average water; well-draining soil
moderate requirement: Full to partial sun
Mature size: Generally 8 to 10 feet tall, depending on how the plant is staked
When to plant: Fall or spring

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Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar
(Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’)

This North African cedar is just another workhorse in the backyard. The species comes in many diverse forms, all fantastic, but many specialty nurseries will generally carry one of two yelling forms: either trained in a serpentine pattern and staked, or inside a hooked pattern in which the tree springs and heads straight toward the ground. Its powdery blue foliage is a perfect complement to the burgundy foliage of a Crimson Queen Japanese walnut or a purple smoke bush. It’s a slow grower but can eventually become very big, so some pruning and training will be necessary.

I made a living fence in my backyard using five of these weepers trained along a horizontal rod. It’s an excellent background for the perennials. A lone specimen is also great for anchoring of mattress of burgundy heucheras, zones 4 to 9, or low-growing Purple Pixie loropetalums, zones 7 to 10. Add a patch of Japanese iris, zones 4 to 9, since the contrast between the weeping tree along with the vertical iris makes a real statement.

USDA zones: 6 to 9
Water and soil conditions: Average water; well-draining soil
moderate requirement: Full to partial sun
Mature size: 10 feet tall and 15 feet wide in 20 years unless pruned; larger with age
When to plant: Fall or spring

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Cascade Falls Bald Cypress
(Taxodium distichum ‘Cascade Falls’)

Bald cypress is a wonderful conifer, partly because it is one of the few conifers that is deciduous. This weeping variety has delicate fern-like foliage which emerges chartreuse in the spring and turns a rich orange in autumn. It also develops amazing flashes in summer time and has beautiful exfoliating bark. A bonus is that this shrub will grow in very wet soil as well as ordinary soil. If your garden has a challenging wet place, this tree may be the one for you.

If you experience an arbor in your backyard, try one of these trained up rather than a pedestrian blossom to cover the construction. Your clematis-loving friends will be envious.

USDA zones:
4 to 10
Water and soil conditions: Wet to ordinary soil
moderate requirement: Full to partial sun
Mature size: Generally 8 ft tall, depending on how the plant is staked
When to plant: Fall or spring

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Twisty Baby Black Locust
(Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Lace Lady’)

This shrub grows like a more vertical kind of Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick, reaching an average height of 15 feet. It’s an excellent terrace tree that is certain to start a dialogue. This locust could be pruned to encourage contorted growth and also to control size and shape. The foliage is very attractive, with glowing green panicles of little round foliage hanging in the branches. The foliage turns yellow in autumn.

I grow mine in a huge pot to give it more presence in my backyard.

USDA zones: 4 to 9
Water and soil requirements: Average, well-draining soil
Light requirement: Full to partial sun
Mature size: 15 tall and wide if unpruned
When to plant: Fall or spring

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Ryusen Japanese Maple
(Acer palmatum ‘Ryusen’)

That is one truly outstanding walnut, unlike any other. You’ll see it at specialty nurseries, usually staked to a height of 5 to 10 feet. It heavily weeps when it reaches its preferred height. The foliage is green and turns a gorgeous yellow-orange in autumn. This walnut is magnificent planted beside a pond, in which it reaches down to, and can be reflected in the water. It also looks great grown in a tall ceramic pot, giving an Asian look to a backyard.

USDA zones: 5 to 9
Water requirement: Average
moderate requirement: Partial sun
Mature size: As much as 10 feet tall, depending on how the plant is staked
When to plant: Fall or spring

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Weeping Canadian Hemlock
(Tsuga canadensis ‘Pendula’)

This group of dispersing conifers has elevated arthritis into an art form. Some specimens creep along the ground, meandering and fanning outward. Others are staked vertical, then cascade gently back to the earth. All are worth growing. Cultivars to Search for include Sargeant’s Weeping, Cole’s Prostrate and Verkode’s Recurva. As with the Norway spruce, it is ideal to handpick this shrub for your specific space. Use extra caution when transporting these as some cultivars are rather brittle.

A caution regarding hemlocks: if you live in an area of the country that’s been invaded by the dreaded bug called woolly adelgid, then you may choose to skip over this group of conifers. Most of these hemlocks remain relatively small and may be sprayed if needed.

USDA sets: 4 to 8
Water requirement: Average
moderate requirement: Full sun to partial shade
Mature size: Generally from 2 to 8 feet tall, depending upon the cultivar and how the plant is staked
When to plant: Fall or spring

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Blue Snake Deodar Cedar
(Cedrus deodara ‘Blue Snake’)

This conifer is a dwarf among the deodars, reaching a 10-year height of 8 feet. It may be found in two forms: either staked before the central leader strengthens, which makes it efficiently an upright but yelling tree, or even more thickly developed unstaked and left to meander across the ground in authentic snake-like fashion. Its bluish foliage gives it additional impact as it wanders down pathways and between perennials. I grow mine in a tall ceramic pot, enabling it to fall overboard.

USDA zones: 7 to 9
Water and soil requirements: Average, well-draining soil
Light requirement: Full to partial sun
Mature size: Up to 2 ft in height within 10 years should staked; larger with age. If unstaked, 1 foot tall, trailing to 15 ft)
When to plant: Fall or spring

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Ruby Falls Redbud
(Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’)

This newly introduced redbud unites the gorgeous foliage of this Forest Pansy redbud with a beautiful weeping form. The shrub blooms prolifically in early spring, with clusters of small pink flowers tightly hugging the bare branches. Beautiful big heart-shaped foliage then stalks, dark purple at first and finally turning black toward to end of this summer.

Ruby Falls creates a excellent little patio tree, usually reaching a height of 8 ft prior to cascading back toward the ground. It would look great behind a mass planting of Blue Star junipers, zones 4 to 8, perhaps with an accent of ‘Kim’s Knee High’ coneflower, zones 4 to 9.

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Another similar-size redbud cultivar to search out is ‘Whitewater’. This weeping redbud, which is apparently a weeping type of ‘Floating Clouds’, boasts heavily variegated green and white foliage, ideal for underplanting with Patriot Hosta, zones 3 to 9, and Visions-In-White Astilbe, zones 3 to 8, or even maybe endorsed by Casa Blanca lilies, zones 5 to 8, in a white garden.

USDA zones: 6 to 9
Water and soil requirements: Moist, well-draining soil
Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade
Mature dimensions: 8 to 10 feet tall, depending on how the plant was staked
When to plant: Fall or spring

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Alaskan Cedar
(Chamaecyparis nootkatensis)

This exceptional conifer species can look quite majestic or even a bit ghoulish, particularly if backlit from the setting sun. Heavily weeping, dark green fern-like foliage earns this shrub a spot in virtually every garden. There are some wonderful cultivars, such as ‘Pendula’ and ‘Green Arrow’, but my favourite is ‘Van den Akker’. This cultivar reaches an average height of 20 to 30 ft, yet a width of only 2 feet following the reduced juvenile branches are removed. It’s spectacular when planted in groups of 3, as every tree has a somewhat different crying habit. Planted this way they almost seem as a group of people huddled in conversation.

USDA zones: 4 to 8
Water and soil requirements: Moist to average soil
Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade
Mature dimensions: 30 feet tall and 2 feet wide
When to plant: Fall or spring

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Raywood’s Weeping Arizona Cypress
(Cupressus glabra ‘Raywood’s Weeping’)

This gorgeous bluish-gray weeping type of ‘Blue Ice’ is a celebrity in the backyard. Beautiful branchlets hang down from the trunk. A well-behaved narrow tree which should be staked to its preferred shape, Raywood’s Weeping will reach an average height of 12 to 15 ft in a decade in the backyard. Two are great positioned on each side of a garden entryway, since they’ll naturally form a household arch. I cannot say enough good things about this tree that is unique.

USDA zones: 5 to 9
Water and soil requirements: Average, well-draining soil
Light requirement: Full sun
Mature size: 15 feet tall
When to plant: Fall or spring

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Fantastic Design Plant: Eastern Redbud

I admit bias; the Eastern redbud is just one of my all-time-favorite trees. Oklahoma agrees, since the Eastern redbud is its condition tree. This attractiveness, indigenous to the U.S. and Canada, explodes with deep pink color in spring. When I lived in Virginia the blooms were a sign that said, “This is the best weather of the year right now. Enjoy it.” Additionally, because it’s heart-shape leaves, it had been quite easy to spot on plant class quizzes. Obviously, who doesn’t love a heart-shape foliage, plant class quizzes or maybe not? One thing you might not enjoy about such trees would be the 3-inch-long seed pods that they finally fall on the floor, but that’s the amount of attractiveness, and adorable little chickadees count on them for food. Fall is a prime time to plant this shrub.

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Botanical name: Cercis canadensis
Common name: Eastern redbud
USDA zones: 4 to 9 (find your zone)
Water requirement: Prefers moist, well-drained lands but can survive in drier conditions. You ought to water it through warm summer days.
Light demand: Full sun to partial shade
Mature size: 20 to 30 feet tall and up to 35 feet broad
Benefits and tolerances: The shrub is quite tolerant of poor soils, a few drier conditions, urban states and various amounts of shade. It’s susceptible to wilt, fungus, cankers and a few pests.
Seasonal interest: Beautiful deep pink blooms in spring; yellow leaves fall
When to plant: Following the last frost in spring or fourteen days before the first frost in the fall


Distinguishing traits. These indigenous trees have been covered in deep pink blooms in the spring; blossoms pop up in clusters along the stems, branches and at times even along the back. Eastern redbuds can flourish in filtered light, so the color they provide is rather a shock to see in a woodland understory.

Mature trees have a rounded shape, however when outside in the open, the oldest trees can distribute, getting wider than they are tall.

When they are not in blossom, enjoy their distinctively heart-shape leaves. The leaves are a reddish-purple shortly following the blossom, quickly turn a beautiful shade of green to the summer and after that turn yellow in the fall.

The shrub produces seed pods that finally fall. They are great for wildlife, even as they are a winter food for birds. Birds enjoy nesting in such trees.

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How to utilize it. When I lived in Virginia, I loved going up to Monticello in the spring to see the white flowering dogwoods and pink redbuds prospering in unison. They provided a gorgeous decorative coating underneath the canopy trees (they’ll need filtered sunlight to survive).

Naturally, redbud’s beauty also makes it a fantastic ornamental shrub to utilize solo in your yard or as a tree.

A street tree in Atlanta. As young trees older, you might need to do some pruning for clearance along the sidewalk and also for parked cars.

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Planting notes. The redbud can develop in a vast array of soils, such as clay, sandy and loamy. But, wealthy loose soil is best.
Dig a hole the same depth as and 3 times the diameter of the root ball. Loosen the roots and place the root ball in the hole.Add soil, packing it down and watering as you move. Ensure you keep the tree watered for the first year.If you reside in a climate with heavy snowfall, you need to use a tree wrap to keep it protected during the first winter.


That’s interesting. Founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were fans of the Eastern redbud and planted a lot of these on their respective possessions, Monticello and Mount Vernon.

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Roll Out the Red Carpet for a Garden That Is a Smash Hit

I went through a red stage when I started decorating my own apartments in my 20s. After about five years that I dropped out of love with all the sexy hue and moved into a love affair with green and occasionally the slightest hint of blue. Perhaps that makes sense; that is when my romance with gardens began.

In any case, although I still adore my greens and grays, my love for red is slowly coming back. Forget shy pinks and subtle creams in the backyard. Give me power! Give impact to me! Give me red. Red can cheer up a bed that is tufted, draw attention to undervalued areas of the backyard and deliver a punch of colour to any potted arrangement. Let’s observe this hue and bring on the red.

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Red flowers waving in the wind say, “Hello!” To visitors in a strong, welcoming voice.

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Red draws the eye instantly, hence the brightly colored stop signals. To attract attention to a front entrance, plant a swipe of reddish annuals like these impatiens at a refined arrow pointing directly toward your primary entrance.

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Red can proceed subtler when paired with deep blues and maroons. With the large contrast of green and red, this grouping of red kangaroo paw and blossoms says, “Hello!” With a beautiful South African accent.

Ami Saunders, MLA

If you understand red in the backyard, then you’ve probably met a Japanese maple. With cut leaves so intricate, they almost look like blood-tinged lace, Japanese maple makes a statement loud and clear. Pair your maple with understated evergreens, greens and rocks for the best show.

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Are you sick of the same old cottage garden appearance? A touch of red is similar to a swath of lipstick, bringing a grin to the backyard.

AMS Landscape Design Studios, Inc..

Do not be afraid to mix magenta and red. These often clashing tones look great when they’re combined intentionally. Leave no doubt that you intended to wed both hues for a fiery statement.


Coordinate your blooming reds with tough features in your house and backyard. Match the hue of your red entrance door, draw attention to a own red barn or plant a sea of red poppies to highlight red trim.

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For a pop of red without a lot of work, select reddish blossoms, like those geraniums, for container gardens flanking the front entrance. Insert some at a higher level as a bonus.

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Whether your red is climbing or potted, wispy or strong, it says loud and clear, “This is my house of which I am proud. Please come visit!”

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Idea of the Week: Driftwood Mantle

At a preppy and modern Nantucket home filled with recovered and reused materials, the driftwood mantle in the living room stands out. The homeowners found this reclaimed bit of walnut by a river log from the Mississippi River. The timber has been cleaned using compressed air and a soft brush to remove any cobwebs or sand.

Then 3 custom 3/8″ metal plates were welded to some 3/4″ steel dowel. The plates were screwed into the wall stud and covered with Venetian plaster, leaving the dowels sticking out. Three matching holes were drilled into the driftwood, and a silicon insert has been used to attach the driftwood to the dowels. As a result, the mantle seems to float off of the wall.

Woodmeister Master Builders

While the construction demands some ability, finding a bit of timber that would fit in this field was just as much of a challenge. “Finding the proper size and shape of the timber was somewhat difficult,” states Chris Komenda of Woodmeister Master Builders. “But for us, that is part of the pleasure of reusing something unique and reclaimed.”

Another favourite part about the room in this National Green Building Standard Gold-certified home: The magnificent fireplace surround created from bits of petrified wood. Woodmeister Master Builders acquired this amazing piece through Cumar Marble and Granite in Everett, Mass..

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