Your Special Putting Greens
You may have dreamed for years of owning a putting area in your backyard, but were dismayed at the cost, installation difficulties, and the endless maintenance issues. With today’s modern synthetic greens, however, many of these headaches are eliminated.
Today’s synthetic grasses are a far cry from the rudimentary grasses of yesteryear. Each “blend” of materials is designed for a specific purpose. Some grasses are designed for just football fields, while others are designed just for putting greens. Before the final formula is placed into production, golf professionals are consulted to determine what a golfer wants out of a green. Many formulations are tested, until just the right mix is found. Yes, synthetic grasses have been refined to a science.
Before installing a backyard putting green, a little planning is in order. Determine where you want the putting grass to be, along with the “lay of the land.” You may wish to place slight mounds or hills below the grass, so it makes putting more interesting. Conversely, you may also want to create valleys between greens. If you draw up a plat, use contour lines to designate mounds and valleys.
If you are installing a putting green indoors, you may wish to build mounds and valleys as well. This takes a bit more work, but it can be done. Keep in mind synthetic putting grass works just as well indoors or out, since there’s no need to water or expose to sun. With proper care, the putting grass should last for years. Indoor putting grass is also a great way to keep up on your game during the winter, since the competition – with no indoor greens – will have to “ride it out” until the spring. When spring finally does hit, they will be rusty, while you are tuned in.
As with all materials on this planet, a synthetic putting grass will eventually wear out. When it does, you can do your part in helping save the planet by recycling it. Since the composites are reusable, the putting green itself can be taken to a recycling center, where it can be processed. It may even serve as the base material for a new putting grass.
Granted, installing a backyard or indoor putting green takes a little diligence and tenacity. If you are not at ease doing the job yourself, confer with professionals who have the knowledge base of installing synthetic greens. A seasoned veteran can install a putting green with ease, since he’s done it a thousand times before. After its all said and done, you’ll be rewarded with years of enjoyment for yourself, your friends, and your family.