Whether you're a seasoned golfer or new to the game, having your own putting green at home can be a huge advantage. With the right setup and care, you can improve your game, save money on golf course fees, and practice at your own pace.
But as with any investment, you should be aware of certain dos and don'ts when it comes to synthetic turf for your putting green. Below are some pieces of advice to help you get the most out of your money.
DO: CHOOSE THE RIGHT MATERIAL
If you're considering artificial putting greens, there are a variety of materials to choose from, including nylon, polypropylene, and polyethylene. Every advantages and disadvantages, so you should research carefully before deciding. Some things to consider include durability, speed, rebound, and how the material reacts to different weather conditions. At Southwest Greens of Eastern Washington, we can help you make an informed decision about choosing the right artificial putting green material.
DON'T: GO CHEAP ON INSTALLATION
The installation process is vital when it comes to artificial putting greens. If the base is not prepared properly, you could experience problems such as bumps, bubbling, or even submerging. It's vital to choose an experienced installer who will take the time to properly prepare the base and ensure that the green is perfectly flat and uniform. Take a look at our installation process to discover what sets our installation apart from our competitors.
DO: CONSIDER SIZE & SHAPE
The size and shape of your putting green will depend on various factors, including your backyard size, available budget, and personal preferences. However, it's important to consider the general design and layout of your green. Ideally, you want a green that's big enough to practice a diverse set of shots but not so big that it takes up your whole outdoor space. It might be worth considering installing artificial grass throughout your backyard to reduce maintenance and give your children and pets a fun play area. Take a look at our pet turf and playground turf to see how you could add these fantastic features alongside your new putting green.
DON'T: FORGET ABOUT MAINTENANCE
One of the advantages of artificial putting greens is that they require lower maintenance needs than natural grass. But that doesn't mean you can forget about them completely. Regular brushing and cleaning will help keep your green looking and playing like new. You'll need to periodically add sand or top dressing infill to help maintain the proper level of ball roll. Check out our cleaning guide to understand how to maintain to keep your artificial turf looking great. We strongly suggest yearly expert maintenance by your turf installer.
DO: CONSIDER LIGHTING
If you desire to be able to use your putting green after dark, you might consider installing lighting. LED lights are a favored choice for artificial putting greens because they're cost-effective, long-lasting, and don't get hot, so they won't damage the artificial green. It's highly recommended that the lights are professionally installed and angled to provide ideal coverage.
DON'T: ASSUME IT’S ONLY FOR GOLF
While the main use of your artificial putting greens will be for putting practice, that doesn't mean they can't serve other purposes as well. Depending on the design and layout of your green, it could also be used for activities such as lawn bowling or different sports.