Whether you're a pro golfer or new to the game, having your own putting green at home can be a total game-changer. With the right setup and maintenance, you can take your game to the next level, save money on golf course fees, and enjoy the convenience of practicing whenever you want.
But as with any big purchase, you should be aware of certain do's and don'ts when it comes to fake grass for your golf course. Here are some suggestions to help you maximize your investment.
DO: CHOOSE THE RIGHT MATERIAL
When it comes to artificial putting greens, there are a variety of materials to choose from, including nylon, polypropylene, and polyethylene. Every benefits and drawbacks, so be sure to do your homework before deciding. Some things to consider include durability, ball speed, bounce, and how the material reacts to different weather conditions. At Southwest Greens, we can help you take the guesswork out of choosing the right turf.
DON'T: GO CHEAP ON INSTALLATION
The installation process is key when it comes to artificial putting greens. If the base isn't prepared correctly, you could experience problems like unevenness, wrinkling, or even settling. It's important to choose an experienced installer who will take the time to properly prepare the base and ensure that the green is level and smooth. Check out our installation process to discover what sets our installation apart from other manufacturers.
DO: CONSIDER SIZE & SHAPE
The size and shape of your putting green will depend on various factors, including your space constraints, finances, and personal desires. However, it's important to consider the aesthetics and layout of your green. Ideally, you want a green that's spacious enough to practice a variety of shots but not so large that it takes up your whole outdoor space. It might be worth considering installing synthetic turf throughout your entire yard to reduce maintenance and give your family and pets a safe play space. Take a look at our pet turf and playground turf to see how you could add these amazing upgrades alongside your new putting green.
DON'T: FORGET ABOUT MAINTENANCE
One key the benefits of artificial putting greens is that they need less maintenance than natural grass. But that doesn't mean you can ignore them completely. Frequent brushing and cleaning will help keep your green in top condition. You'll need to occasionally add infill materials like sand or top dressing to help maintain the proper firmness and ball roll. Check out our guide to cleaning to understand how to maintain to keep your artificial turf looking great. We highly recommend yearly professional maintenance by your turf installer.
DO: CONSIDER LIGHTING
If you desire to be able to use your putting green after dark, you might consider adding lighting. LED lights are a popular choice for artificial putting greens because they're energy-efficient, long-lasting, and don't get hot, so they are safe for the synthetic grass. It's strongly advised that the lights are expertly set up and positioned to provide ideal coverage.
DON'T: ASSUME IT’S ONLY FOR GOLF
While the main use of your synthetic putting turf will be for putting practice, that doesn't mean they can't serve other uses as well. Depending on the configuration of your green, it could also be used for activities such as bocce ball or different sports.