I started work on the 1/8th scale model. That means that every 1/8th of an inch equals one foot in real life. It's also the size of HO Gauge. I started with a piece of plywood cut to roughly the size of a 4x4 acre swatch of land. That'll include the parking lot etc.
The most important element of this model are the scale people. I love to pretend I'm that size and I'm walking around the property. It's such a great way to tell how everything should be arranged. Graph paper is also handy because each square equals 2x2 feet. I'm getting a good feel for the size of our 36 putting "greens".
The Mine Train ride is going to dictate where everything else falls into place. It's a narrow gauge rail system so I'm using N scale track on an HO scale layout. Before I started this I knew nothing about real railroads but a couple of people have been kind enough to school me on the subject over the past few months. It was pretty easy to lay out the route because I've already built this entire park in my mind:)
Next I'm going to elevate the track to be 10 feet over the ground. Golfers will play uninterrupted by the train. I built a trestle out of balsa wood, made a silicone mold, and now I'm making multiples out of liquid plastic.
I went wild sketching out the plan right on the plywood. There's The Smoke Tree BBQ!
The loading area for the Mine Train.
MUCH MUCH MUCH more to come:)