WHY ARTIFICIAL GRASS FOR GOLF?
From club to club and green to green, there is one single thing that every course, putting surface, and driving range has in common; it’s constantly well-maintained. When it comes to natural grass, this demands A LOT of upkeep and that's no easy accomplishment. Conventional turf needs regular watering, mowing, fertilizing, and pesticide treatment. Synthetic grass frees up a lot of time, whether you are looking to add it to your personal or commercial property. Here are some major advantages of synthetic turf for you to consider.
Artificial turf is an easy pick for those looking to decrease the amount of time and money spent on turf maintenance. Harsh 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 grass maintenance equipment. You will be able to allocate more time on the things that matter more - like improving your golf game!
REDUCE SEASONAL ALLERGIES
Do you deal with seasonal allergies? If you do or know someone who suffers grass-specific allergies, you know how terrible it can be. Installing artificial grass can help prevent the free-floating pollen and alleviate common symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and sore throat. Read our article on how artificial turf can prevent your symptoms here.
Artificial greens are developed to stand up to any weather that comes their way. It will enable you to have fun while practicing your game all year in some cases. When you install a superior-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.
Moreover, if you install a top-notch turf, you can be assured it will feel like organic grass. We’ve partnered with Nicklaus Design to bring you the best golf surface in the industry - Golden Bear. This turf is guaranteed to give you the best bounce, aim, and roll and a superior overall golf experience.
While the grass itself will not change your shot, you can bet on synthetic turf to give more consistent practice. It will always be the prefect length and hold up to years and years of play. There’s nearly no downtime once the grass is installed, so you can keep practicing all year long (weather permitting).
HOW TO SELECT THE CORRECT KIND OF GRASS
We provide grass systems specific to your use. Our golf greens are constructed to look and play like natural grass; the style of the product behaves like a regular rolled putting turf. The same can be said for 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 take into account when trying to choose synthetic turf.
BACKYARD GOLF AREA OR COMMERCIAL LOCATION?
Location, location, location. Are you thinking about installing a putting green in your Asheville backyard? Upgrading sections of a commercial golf course you supervise? This will hugely affect the kind of turf you'll require.
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU WANT TO PRACTICE?
The skills you need to work on will significantly impact which turf will be the right opyion. Are you searching for a putting surface? Driving range? What about a chipping area? Bunker escapes? We have different types of turf\green looks, lengths, and colors to meet your needs.
WHICH PRACTICAL FEATURES DO YOU WANT?
Do you want normal synthetic turf to flank the golf greens? How about adding a tee box? Will there be any trees or live plants around that the turf will be required to be installed around? These are good questions to think about when planning for artificial golf turf.
GOLF GREEN INSTALLATION
Installing golf greens is something we greatly advise you leave in the hands of experts. Some do-it-yourself projects end up being more difficult than their worth, additionally you can face problems early on, like edges peeling up, lumps showing up in the turf - the list goes on. Here’s a quick list of what setting up artificial grass looks like.
A turf expert should visit your location look at the site where you’d like to place synthetic golf greens. They can help advise you on what kind of excavating will need to be done, which grass is a fine pick, and what your budget estimate will be.
First, any natural grass is removed, and the ground is leveled. Then a base of crushed aggregate will be moistened and molded to form particular characteristics like breaks and bunkers. This aggregate is generally composed 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 help playability and give added shock absorption or deflection. Pad is added based on the application and desired outcomes.
Once your aggregate and cushion are added, the turf surface is added. The green is developed from high-tech polypropylene and styled to look like real grass.
After turf surface installation comes the green infill. The ideal infill will be a formulation of fine-coated silica sand to give the synthetic grass weight and that real feel. If you are interested in a cooling technology like HydroChill®, it is added to the infill before the it's is applied to the turf.
The last step of the installation process is brushing or rolling. This is what generates the best grass effect on a putting green or the lush appearance of landscape, helping the turf look more real. Depending on fringe cuts, sand traps, bunkers, etc., this part of the installation will vary.
You can see a video of our installation here for a more thorough understanding.
WHAT DO PRO GOLFERS THINK?
PGA Champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Rickie Fowler, and Anika Sorenstam all use and endorse the synthetic putting greens by Southwest Greens. These experts all know that our artificial golf turfs are the best on the market. Find out why in this article.
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We hope this article has been helpful if you’ve been considering artificial golf grass. When you’re prepared to know your estimate, our team of professionals is here to guide you. You can book a slot for a free consultation by connecting with us.