Saturday, May 25 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:43:55 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
May 19, 2005
Lee County-- Golfers will tell you, it's the short game that can make or break a day on the links. The putting.
Now, an Albany business is offering golfers a chance to practice putting without leaving home, with the ultimate luxury for golfers-- a putting green in your own back yard.
An Albany landscaper decided to learn how to install these backyard greens after seeing their popularity explode in larger cities, like Atlanta. It already looks like his business will be a hole in one.
Andy Christo is an avid golfer, but admits to his weakness. "I'm about a six handicap. My putting is probably my worst part of my game," says Andy.
That's the main reason he's considering installing a putting green in his yard. He came to Todd Urick at Lawnscapes, a landscaping company that specializes in installing synthetic golf greens. "We can do a minimum of 12 by 12 all the way up to a regulation sized green," said Urick.
The green is made up a synthetic fiber, covered with a fine grit. "We do the surveying, get exact size, take the sod add. We add a four inch base, which is crushed stone."
The stone is compacted, and Urick brings back out the customer for a test game. "To make sure they like the contours. If they want any undulation, we can add them. Once they're satisfied with the ball roll and the speed, we actually lay the green on top of the crushed stone. "
"We can adjust it to tournament speed to your regular country club."
"What I like about it was it's realism to grass," says Christo, impressed.
"A customer who's been putting on it about four weeks now has dropped five strokes off," said Toss Urick.
You can even do chip shots, if you're better than I am. A 16 by 28 foot green would cost about $4,700, so it's no small investment. The green comes with a ten year warranty, and requires little maintenance, just a leaf blower every now and then to get the pine straw and leaves off.