Whether you're a experienced golfer or just starting out, having your own putting green at home can be a major benefit. With the right setup and care, you can improve your game, reduce your expenses on golf, and have the freedom to practice anytime you like.
But as with any long-term commitment, you should be aware of certain dos 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. Each material has its own benefits and drawbacks, so be sure to do your homework before deciding. Some things to consider include durability, pace, rebound, and how the material performs in various climates. At Southwest Greens Vancouver (Second Generation Landscapes), we can help you choose choosing the right turf.
DON'T: GO CHEAP ON INSTALLATION
The installation process is essential when it comes to artificial putting greens. If the base isn't properly prepared, you could experience issues such as irregularities, puckering, or even collapsing. It's vital to choose an experienced installer who will spend the necessary time to get ready the base and ensure that the green is consistently smooth and level. Explore our installation process to discover what sets our installation apart from the rest of the industry.
DO: CONSIDER SIZE & SHAPE
The dimensions of your putting green will depend on various factors, including your available space, budget, and personal likes. However, it's important to consider the entire design and layout of your green. Ideally, you want a green that's large enough to practice a variety of shots but not so huge that it takes up your entire backyard. It might be worth considering installing artificial grass throughout your whole backyard to reduce maintenance and give your children and pets a nice space to play. 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 advantages of artificial putting greens is that they need less maintenance 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 occasionally add infill materials like sand or top dressing to help maintain the proper level of ball roll. Check out our turf cleaning guide to understand how to properly care for to keep your artificial turf looking great. We highly recommend yearly maintenance by a professional by your turf installer.
DO: CONSIDER LIGHTING
If you desire to be able to use your putting green after dark, you might want to consider adding lighting. LED lights are a favored choice for artificial putting greens because they're cost-effective, reliable, and don't get hot, so they are safe for the synthetic grass. It's highly recommended that the lights are professionally installed and aimed 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 different functions as well. Depending on the configuration of your green, it could also be used for activities such as croquet or different sports.