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Billionaire Builds Golf Wonderland In His 39-Acre Backyard

Billionaire Charles Cohen built 39 acres of golf greens and holes in his own backyard with the help of golf course architect Michael Lehrer. The yard features 10 pins, 70 target combinations, 3 sand traps, tee markers, ball washer, one green that covers 11,000 square feet of artificial turf, man-made waterfalls, and 7 tee boxes. Lehrer uses 180 tons of crushed rock to shape the green then 10 tons of stone dust to smooth the surface. All told, the course cost Cohen between $100,000 - $200,000.

Released on 12/21/2017

Credits

Starring: Charles Cohen and Michael Lehrer

Transcript

00:00
(baroque string quartet)
00:13
(electronic trap music)
00:19
I'd like the sand to be a little whiter.
00:22
I'm Charles Cohen, and this is my green.
00:25
(electronic trap music)
01:14
My name is Michael Lehrer,
01:15
and I build putting greens and golf holes
01:17
for people at their homes.
01:19
One of my best attributes is building a green
01:21
to play from different tees and different angles.
01:24
Golf course architects,
01:25
they're playing a hole from one direction.
01:28
They're not really concerned
01:29
with coming from a wide radius of shot.
01:32
(electronic trap music)
01:49
(bell dings)
02:02
Generally when I build the green from the beginning,
02:04
I have to come in with excavation equipment,
02:07
take out all the organic material,
02:09
then I have to build it up with crushed rock
02:11
to the desired level.
02:14
(electronic trap music)
02:33
That inch and a half of sand in the carpet fibers
02:36
allows the ball to hit and check up if you play a good ball.
02:40
No ball marks, too.
02:41
No other green, especially event fresh greens,
02:43
could you have those kind of results.
02:46
(electronic trap music)
02:58
It's a beautiful setting when you drive up
03:00
to see this green, it makes you feel
03:02
that you should be getting ready to play golf.
03:06
As an intermediate golfer, this is a great way to relax,
03:09
practice your short game, practice your putting,
03:12
and have a good time with your family.
03:15
(electronic trap music)
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