Home Putting Greens: How to Install One Today
If you are an avid golfer, you may want to install one or more home putting greens onto your backyard or outdoor area. Once you have a putting green installation at home, you will be able to improve your skills and play golf with family and friends whenever you want.
It is not hard to install the putting green yourself. You will definitely save some money by not hiring professional help. The price of hiring a contractor varies between $5,000 and $25,000, depending on the size and shape of the putting green.
Step 1 – Preparing the Subsurface
Make sure that you prepare your backyard properly before you start installing the home putting green. There are two principal methods of preparing the subsurface of your backyard for this project. You can either make a subsurface from poured concrete or a compound surface made from sand and stones.
You can also add some contours to the layout of the home putting green. Make sure they will not be an obstruction for your putting green’s drainage process. Remember to select an area in your backyard which has good drainage. You will need a minimum 1000 square feet for the putting green installation.
There is another technique you can use if you want natural grass instead of turf. You can put two layers, one of dirt and the other of crushed stone or gravel to enhance drainage. Top the two lower layers with a mixture that consists of peat and sand.
Step 2 – Laying the Turf
Take the turf and unroll it into place. Read and follow the directions from the manufacturer and join the seams of your turf. You can anchor the sides of the turf, bringing it up to the side of a masonry or stone patio. If you have a patio and you notice that it is level with the turf, you can put a brick under the outer edge of the turf and attach the turf with glue.
Step 3 – Choosing the Grass
If you decide on natural grass, make sure you use the appropriate type of grass depending on the area in which you live. Most people select Bermuda grass or Creeping Bentgrass for putting greens. If you live in Florida, for example, you should choose the Bermuda type, whereas if you live somewhere with a cool or moderate climate, it would be better if you choose the Creeping Bentgrass. Sow the grass seeds and apply water and fertilizer according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Step 4 – Infilling the Turf
You may infill your new turf if you really think that it is necessary. Many manufacturers advise you to work with particles of sand or rubber over the surface of the turf to enhance usage of the putting green.