July 08, 2022

WHY SYNTHETIC GRASS FOR GOLF?

From club to club and green to green, there is one thing that all courses, putting surfaces, and driving ranges have in common; it’s constantly well-maintained. When it comes to natural turf, this needs A LOT of work. It’s no easy achievement. Traditional grass requires regular watering, trimming, fertilizing, and insecticide treatment. Artificial grass frees up a lot of time, whether you are looking to add it to your personal or commercial property. Here are some key advantages of synthetic greens for you to consider.

 

LESS MAINTENANCE

Synthetic grass is an easy choice for those looking to decrease the amount of time and money spent on green up-keep. Chemical herbicides and pesticides won’t be necessary. Watering and mowing will be no longer necessary. This will save money in the long run because| you will not have to spend as much on turf maintenance equipment. You’ll be able to allocate more time on the things that matter more - like improving your golf game!

ALLEVIATE SEASONAL ALLERGIES

Do you deal with seasonal allergies? If you do or know people who suffer grass-specific allergies, you know how annoying it can be. Installing synthetic grass can assist you prevent the free-floating pollen and eascut down on common symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and sore throat. Check out our article on how synthetic turf can decrease your symptoms here.

HIGHLY DURABLE

Artificial greens are crafted to survive any weather that comes their way. It will enable you to relish practicing your game all year round in some cases. When you install a high-quality turf like Southwest Greens, products are resilient to UV exposure, foot traffic, and play. Our turf products are designed and tested for the best appearance and performance.

FEELS NATURAL

Again, provided that you purchase a high quality turf, you can be assured it will look and feel like real turf. We’ve collaborated with Nicklaus Design to bring you the highest quality golf surface in the industry - Golden Bear. This turf is guaranteed to give you the best bounce, aim, and roll and the best overall golf experience.

CONSISTENCY

While the grass itself will not change your shot, you can bet on synthetic grass to offer more consistent practice. It will forever be the right 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 during the whole year (weather permitting).

 

HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT TYPE OF TURF

We provide turf systems specific to your use. Our golf greens are built to look and play like organic turf; the style of the product behaves like a traditionally rolled putting green. This also applies to our tee surfaces and fairway/ fringe material; as they soak up shock and behave exactly like natural club to ground interactions. Here are some other factors to think about when trying to pick synthetic grass.

BACKYARD GOLF GREEN OR COMMERCIAL LOCATION?

Location, location, location. Are you considering installation of a putting green in your backyard? Upgrading sections of a commercial golf course you administer? This will hugely affect the kind of grass you'll want.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU WANT TO PRACTICE?

The skills you desire to work on will considerably affect which turf will be the correct opyion. Are you searching for a putting surface? Driving range? What about a chipping area? Bunker escapes? We have choices of grass styles, lengths, and colors to satisfy your objectives.

WHICH PRACTICAL FEATURES DO YOU WANT?

Do you want organic artificial grass 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 be required to be installed around? These are good questions to consider when planning for synthetic golf turf.

 

GOLF GREEN INSTALLATION

Installing golf greens is something we definitely suggest you leave in the hands of experts. Some do-it-yourself projects end up being more difficult than their worth, plus you can face problems early on, like edges peeling up, lumps appearing in the green - the list goes on. Here’s a quick explanaition of what setting up synthetic turfs looks like.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

A turf pro should set up a time to look at the site where you’d like to place synthetic golf greens. They can assist you on what kind of digging will required to be done, which turf is a good selection, and what your investment estimate will be.

AGGREGATE LAYER

First, any regular grass is removed, and the soil is leveled. Then a base of crushed aggregate will be moistened and molded to form particular characteristics like breaks and bunkers. This aggregate is usually consist 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 assist playability and provide added shock absorption or deflection. Pad is added based on the application and desired outcomes.

TURF SURFACE

Once your aggregate and cushion are installed, the green surface is added. The grass is created from top-notch polypropylene and styled to look like organice grass.

INFILL

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

STYLING

The last step of the installation process is brushing or rolling. This is what causes the best grass effect on a putting green or the lush appearance of landscape, increasing the realism. Depending on fringe cuts, sand traps, bunkers, etc., this part of installation varies.

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

 
 

WHAT DO PRO GOLFERS THINK?

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


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We wish this article has been beneficial if you’ve been taking into account synthetic putting grass. When you’re prepared to know your estimate, our team of experts is here to assist. You can schedule a free consultation by contacting us.

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