July 08, 2022

WHY SYNTHETIC TURF FOR GOLF?

From club to club and green to green, there is one single thing that every course, putting surface, and driving range has in common; it’s constantly well-maintained. When it comes to natural turf, this requires A LOT of maintenancewhich is no easy achievement. Traditional grass requires regular watering, trimming, fertilizing, and pesticide treatment. Synthetic turf frees up a lot of time, whether you're looking to add it to your personal or commercial property. Here are some key advantages of synthetic turf for you to take into account.

 

LOWER MAINTENANCE

Artificial golf greens are an easy choice for those who are searching to reduce the amount of time and resource spent on green up-keep. Hazardous herbicides and pesticides won’t be required. Watering and trimming will be a thing of the past. This will save money over time because| you won’t have to spend as much on grass maintenance equipment. You will be able to allocate more time on the things with higher priority - like enhancing your golf game!

ALLEVIATE SEASONAL ALLERGIES

Do you experience seasonal allergies? If you do or know people who suffer grass-specific allergies, you know how annoying it can be. Installing artificial turf can assist you prevent the free-floating pollen and alleviate typical symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and sore throat. Read our article on how artificial grass can reduce your symptoms here.

HIGHLY DURABLE

Synthetic greens are crafted to survive any weather that comes their way. You’ll even be able to enjoy practicing your game year round in some cases. When you invest in a superior-quality turf like Southwest Greens, products are durable to UV exposure, foot traffic, and play. Our turf products are designed and tested for the best aesthetic and results.

FEELS REAL

Moreover, provided that you invest in a top-notch turf, you can be confident it will look and feel like real turf. We’ve partnered with Nicklaus Design to get you the finest golf surface in the industry - Golden Bear. This turf is guaranteed to offer you the finest bounce, aim, and roll and a superior overall golf experience.

CONSISTENCY

While the grass itself will not change your swing, you can depend on artificial grass to provide more consistent practice. It will always be the ideal length and endure to years and years of play. There’s practically no downtime once the grass is installed, so you can keep working on your game throughout the year (weather permitting).

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT GRASS

We offer grass systems specific to your application. Our golf greens are manufactured to look and behave like organic turf; the style of the product behaves like a traditionally rolled putting green. It's the same with our tee surfaces and fairway/ fringe material; as they absorb shock and behave exactly like natural club to ground interactions. Here are some other elements to take into account when trying to select synthetic grass.

BACKYARD GOLF AREA OR COMMERCIAL LOCATION?

Location, location, location. Are you considering installation of a putting green in your Kennewick backyard? Looking to upgrade sections of a commercial golf course you administer? This will greatly affect the style of turf you'll require.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU WANT TO PRACTICE?

The skills you want to work on will hugely impact which green will be the correct opyion. Are you searching for a putting surface? Driving range? What about a chipping area? Bunker escapes? We have a variety of green looks, lengths, and colors to satisfy your requirements.

WHICH REALISTIC TRAITS DO YOU NEED?

Do you need regular artificial turf to go around the golf greens? How about adding a tee box? Will there be any trees or live plants nearby that the turf will need to be worked around? These are good questions to contemplate when planning for artificial golf grass.

 

GOLF GREEN INSTALLATION

Installing golf greens is something we greatly suggest you leave to the experts. Some DIY projects end up being more problems than their worth, additionally you can face problems early on, like edges peeling up, lumps showing up in the green - the list goes on. Here’s a quick list of what setting up synthetic turfs looks like.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

A turf expert should set up a time to view the site where you’d like to put your synthetic golf greens. They can guide you on what type of digging will required to be done, which green is a good choice, and what your investment estimate will be.

AGGREGATE LAYER

First, any natural grass is removed, and the soil is leveled. Then a base of crushed aggregate will be moistened and shaped to form particular characteristics like breaks and sand traps. This aggregate is usually composed of crushed stone.

CUSHION PADDING (select projects)

After the aggregate layer is put down and leveled, a cushion padding is added. Cushion is added to improve playability and offer added shock absorption or deflection. Pad is added based on the application and desired outcomes.

TURF SURFACE

Once your aggregate and cushion are added, the green surface is added. The turf is made from high-tech polypropylene and designed to look like organice grass.

INFILL

Next comes the turf infill. The perfect infill will be a mix of fine-coated silica sand to give the synthetic turf weight and that real feel. If you’re interested in a cooling technology like HydroChill®, it's added to the infill before the it's is applied to the turf.

STYLING

The final step of the installation process is brushing or rolling. This is what causes the best turf effect on a putting green or the lush appearance of landscape, adding to the realism. Depending on fringe cuts, sand traps, bunkers, etc., this phase will vary.

You can see a video of our installation here for a more thorough understanding.

 
 

WHAT DO PRO GOLFERS THINK?

PGA Heroes such as Jack Nicklaus, Rickie Fowler, and Anika Sorenstam all use and endorse the synthetic golf turf by Southwest Greens. These experts all know that our synthetic putting turfs are the best on the market. Find out why in this article.


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We hope this article has been helpful if you’ve been considering synthetic golf grass. When you’re ready to know your estimate, our team of experts is here to guide you. You can schedule a free consultation by connecting with us.

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