July 19, 2022

If you’re new to golf or playing at the top level, you’re likely aware of the importance of your short game. Installing a backyard putting green in Asheville can be the perfect solution to enhancing your handicap with absence of the distractions you might have at your golf club. Practicing in the convenience of your home can help to refine your game and your overall health. Read on to learn more.

 

ELEMENTS TO KEEP IN MIND

Ahead of committing to a backyard putting green installation, there are a several factors you should consider before installing.

WHY ARTIFICIAL INSTEAD OF REGULAR TURF?

Natural turf vs artificial turf—this is one of the most common queries we get. Here’s our take on the matter.

At first glance, regular green putting greens might seem like the best choice. It might seem good and cost you less to install, right? Well, not so fast…

Initial installation of regular green is more cost-friendly up front, but the up-keep of real grass will becoming time consuming and costlier in the long run. Putting green surfaces have to be kept short for proper ball reaction, so it would need to be cut three or four times a week for consistent play in the growing season. Also make note of fertilization, pest removal—and on the opposite side of the spectrum—if it’s a specifically dry season, you’ll have to water regularly to keep it healthy.

All of these little costs over time will total. Artificial greens will be more expensive for primary installation, but you’ll quickly recover that investment.

IS YOUR TERRAIN LEVEL OR SLOPED?

While it is a possibility to have your putting turf on a slight slope, it’s generally suggested that you try to flatten the surface as best as possible. If you have plenty of space and are going to install more golf greens in than just a single putting area, you could leave it naturally sloped.

Putting grass that have too much severity of slopes, bumps, swales, twists, or any of these features can become difficult at a fast green speed. For example, a putt that misses the hole placed on a steep slope with a fast stimp putting green will not come to a stop near the hole. You can learn more about the relationship between green characteristics here and how it affects gameplay.

ARE YOU INSTALLING ON SOIL, COMPACT STONE, OR CONCRETE?

Regardless of what kind of synthetic turf you choose, you’ll want a strong base for the ground. Removing grass and compacting the soil as much as possible is important for a successful installation.

If you want to install your artificial putting turf over concrete, you might want to consider adding a cushioning layer under the grass for more comfortability. No matter the base, you will require a good filling to keep your green looking good and functioning the way it should.

 

REAP THE HEALTH BENEFITS

INCREASE COGNITIVE ABILITIES

Playing golf increases your heart rate, which will help to better your blood flow to the brain and body. Research indicates that increased heart rate from exercise can help nerve cell connections, which can defer mental limitations like dementia or Alzheimer’s.

REDUCE STRESS

Golf is a great method of destress after a long day. It’s a great way to let the stress of the day go and discharge mental or physical tension. Consistent exercise might help you sleep better, too, so you feel waken up each day.

ENHANCE FOCUS

Are you getting the most out of your golf practice at your club, or do you find yourself getting distracted by the crowd? When you practice at home, you can give your full attention to your practice.

 

REALISTIC ADVANTAGES

EASY MAINTENANCE

With a synthetic putting green, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money on keeping your grass nice and short for appropriate play. Maintenance will mostly involve removing leaves or debris frequently as needed. We also suggest you get your turf professionally groomed every 12 months for the best performance.

MORE FAMILY TIME

Having a putting green at your home is an entertainment center in itself— and it’s not just for golfers anymore. You can get the whole family in on the fun that golf has to provide. Getting your kids interested in sports while they are young can foster a life-long love they might develop with golf. At least, you’ll create some amazing memories with your family and friends.

SAFER SURFACE

High-Quality artificial greens will help you decrease the number of chemicals needed on your lawn. You can say "see-ya" to harmful fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides with artificial turf. You can send your kids and pets out onto the grass without any worry about them stepping in harmful chemicals.

 

WHY SOUTHWEST GREENS?

If you are wondering what sets us apart from the rest of the turf folks out there, look no further. Our artificial grass is:

  • Chemical-free
  • Made in the USA
  • 100% recyclable
  • Designed for durability
  • Professionally designed and installed
  • True playability

Our partnership with Nicklaus Design allows us to give you the most accurate playing surface for sale anywhere today, too.

 

DISCOVER MORE

Are you prepared for a backyard putting green? Look at our golf collection to see some of the turf colors and designs we offer. When you’re ready, contact Southwest Greens of Asheville for a no-pressure consultation.