Whether you’re an avid golfer or a leisure golfer, you may have dreamed about having a putting green in your back yard. Well, that dream can become a reality when you decide to install an artificial putting green. With minimal upkeep (no watering, no grass mowing, no re-seeding) and the durability and versatility of artificial turf, your putting green will be in great shape year round and will have the ability to be customized to fit the type of golfer you are!
The variety of elements that you can design in your artificial turf putting green is endless. Breaks, elevations, moguls, bunkers, tee boxes, shape, speed, chipping areas, fringes…your artificial putting green can be as creative and customized as you wish it to be.
What Type of Golfer Are You?
One of the biggest questions you need to ask your self when you decide to design your own artificial putting green is, what kind of golfer are you? Are you an avid golfer or a leisure golfer? Are you looking at your green as a way to improve your game? Or are you looking at this investment as more of a social space? Although artificial turf allows you to have the flexibility to enjoy both – there are certain factors that avid golfers will want in their design that leisure golfers may not care too much about.
Choosing Your Putting Green
How you intend to use your artificial putting green is the first decision you’ll need to make and it will dictate the type of green you’ll need. There are two grades of artificial putting greens to consider… Low Infill Putting Green (LIPG) and Professional Putting Green (PPG). Both putting green options are aesthetically pleasing and both encompass curve, slope, undulations and fringe on the green. Although they share some common traits, there are some differences as you can see below…
Low Infill Putting Green (LIPG)
• Also known as True Roll – which is a recreational surface.
• Slower, with lower density
Professional Putting Green (PPG)
• Can be rolled to create a slower or faster putting surface.
• Has extra infill which makes it more dense
• More like a golf course reaction ball performance from distances as far as 150ft out
Know Your Space
The design elements that go into your artificial putting green is what will make all the difference and set your particular putting green apart from any other. It’s important to also think about the practicality of your green. How big is your yard? How much space do you have? Customization is key when it comes to your artificial putting green – yet any putting green worth installing is going to need to be customized for your property and space. Typically you will need at least 300 square feet for an artificial putting green installation. This amount of space will allow for your green to have a right and left break and at least two holes.
Golf Game Elements
Whether you’re using your artificial putting green to better your golf game or just to impress friends – you probably still would like your green to provide a bit of a challenge in order to keep things interesting. Below are just a few of the elements that you can design and incorporate in your artificial putting green…
• Sand Traps
• Tee Boxes
• Chipping Areas
• Various Angles and Breaks
Another factor of design to consider when customizing your artificial putting green is ground levels. Do you prefer a sleek flat putting green? Or do you prefer terrain that replicates some hills that that might be found on a golf course? Or do you want both? Depending on the size of your yard, you could have either/or/or both. Artificial putting greens can be placed to offer you a flat surface or it can be built up to undulate your surface and challenge your game.
There are many things to consider when starting the customization of your own artificial turf putting green. Although it can seem overwhelming because of the endless options, it’s a great position to be in, in that you can customize your putting green to not only fit your play style, but also your property style. As long as you consider your game, your space and the parts of the game that you really want to have evident in your green, there’s really no cap on the creativity you can bring to your own putting green.
See if you are ready for your own artificial putting green by readying our 8 signs you should install an artificial putting green.