Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a beginner, 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, reduce your expenses on golf, and have the freedom to practice anytime you like.
But as with any investment, you should be aware of certain dos and don'ts when it comes to fake grass for your golf course. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of 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 you should research carefully before deciding. Some things to consider include longevity, ball speed, rebound, and how the material reacts to different weather conditions. At Southwest Greens of Fresno, we can help you make an informed decision about choosing the right surface.
DON'T: GO CHEAP ON INSTALLATION
The installation process is vital when it comes to artificial putting greens. If the base isn't well-prepared, you could experience issues such as bumps, wrinkling, or even submerging. It's crucial to choose an experienced installer who will take the time to prepare the base and ensure that the green is even and seamless. Explore our installation process to learn what sets our installation apart from other manufacturers.
DO: CONSIDER SIZE & SHAPE
The dimensions and shape of your putting green will depend on various factors, including your backyard size, budget, and personal desires. However, it's important to consider the aesthetics 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 whole outdoor space. It might be worth considering installing synthetic turf throughout your entire yard to reduce maintenance and give your pets and kids a great outdoor environment. 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 pros of artificial putting greens is that they require 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 in top condition. 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 cleaning guide to understand how to maintain to keep your artificial turf looking great. We highly recommend yearly maintenance by a professional by your turf installer.
DO: CONSIDER LIGHTING
If you want to be able to use your putting green after dark, you might consider adding 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 strongly advised that the lights are expertly set up and angled to provide optimal coverage.
DON'T: ASSUME IT’S ONLY FOR GOLF
While the main use of your fake putting surfaces will be for putting practice, that doesn't mean they can't serve different functions as well. Depending on the design and layout of your green, it could also be used for activities such as bocce ball or other activities.