Whether you're a experienced golfer or new to the game, having your own putting green at home can be a huge advantage. With the right setup and care, you can boost your skills, save money on golf course fees, and practice at your own pace.
But as with any investment, you should be aware of certain pros and cons when it comes to artificial putting greens. Below 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 pros and cons, so it's important to do your research before deciding. Some things to consider include resilience, pace, bounce, and how the material performs in various climates. At Southwest Greens of Asheville, we can help you choose choosing the right turf.
DON'T: GO CHEAP ON INSTALLATION
The installation process is crucial when it comes to artificial putting greens. If the base isn't well-prepared, you could experience problems like unevenness, air pockets, or even settling. It's vital to choose an experienced installer who will take the time to get ready the base and ensure that the green is level and smooth. Explore our installation process to discover what sets our installation apart from others in the field.
DO: CONSIDER SIZE & SHAPE
The size and shape of your putting green will depend on various factors, including your space constraints, available budget, and personal likes. However, it's important to consider the general design and layout of your green. Ideally, you want a green that's large enough to practice a diverse set of shots but not so large that it takes up your whole yard. It might be worth considering installing artificial grass throughout your whole backyard to reduce maintenance and give your family and pets a nice space to play. Take a look at our pet turf and playground turf to see how you could add these awesome options alongside your new putting green.
DON'T: FORGET ABOUT MAINTENANCE
One key the benefits of artificial putting greens is that they require lower maintenance needs than natural grass. But that doesn't mean you can ignore them completely. Frequent brushing and cleaning will help keep your green fresh. You'll need to periodically add sand or top dressing infill to help maintain the proper firmness and ball roll. Check out our cleaning guide to understand how to properly care for to keep your artificial turf looking great. We strongly suggest yearly expert maintenance by your turf installer.
DO: CONSIDER LIGHTING
If you want to be able to use your putting green after dark, you might consider installing lighting. LED lights are a popular choice for artificial putting greens because they're cost-effective, durable, and don't get hot, so they are safe for the synthetic grass. It's best that the lights are professionally installed and positioned to provide optimal coverage.
DON'T: ASSUME IT’S ONLY FOR GOLF
While the main use of your artificial putting greens will be for golf, that doesn't mean they can't serve other uses as well. Depending on the structure and arrangement of your green, it could also be used for activities such as croquet or other games.