July 19, 2022

If you’re just starting to play golf or playing at the professional level, you’re likely aware of the importance of your short game. Installing a backyard putting green in Austin can be the ideal answer to enhancing your weakness free of the distractions you might have at your golf club. Training in the comfort of your home can benefit you to better your game and your overall health. Read on to discover more.

 

ELEMENTS TO CONSIDER

Prior to committing to a backyard putting green installation, there are a several factors you should take into account before installing.

WHY ARTIFICIAL INSTEAD OF NATURAL TURF?

Natural turf vs artificial turf—this is one of the most common questions we get. Here’s our take on the matter.

At first glance, natural turf putting greens might look like the finest option. It might seem good and cheaper to install, right? Well, not so fast…

First installation of natural turf is cheaper up front, but the maintenance of regular green will cost you more time and money in the long run. Putting green areas have to be kept short for proper ball rolling, so it would need to be mowed three or four times a week for consistent play in the growing season. Not to mention fertilization, pest removal—and on the other end of the scale—if it’s a specially dry season, you’ll have to water frequently to keep it green.

All of these little costs over time will add up. Synthetic greens will be more expensive for initial installation, but you’ll quickly recoup that investment.

IS YOUR TERRAIN LEVEL OR SLOPED?

While it is possible to have your putting turf on a slight slope, it’s usually recommended that you try to flatten the surface as best as possible. If you have a lot of space and are going to install more golf greens in than just a single putting area, you could let it be naturally sloped.

Putting grass that have too much severity of slopes, bumps, swales, twists, or any of these features can become difficult at a fast turf speed. For example, a putt that misses the hole placed on a steep slope with a fast stimp putting turf will not come to rest near the hole. You can understand more about the relationship between green characteristics here and how it affects gameplay.

ARE YOU SETTING UP ON SOIL, COMPACT STONE, OR CONCRETE?

Regardless of what kind of synthetic grass you choose, you’ll want a strong base for the ground. Removing regular grass and compressing the soil as much as possible is essential for a thriving installation.

If you want to install your artificial putting turf over concrete, you might want to consider adding a cushioning layer under the green for more comfortability. No matter the base, you will require a good infill to keep your turf looking great and performing the way it should.

 

REAP THE HEALTH BENEFITS

INCREASE COGNITIVE ABILITIES

Playing golf increases your heart rate, which will help to better your blood flow to the brain and body. Research suggests that increased heart rate from exercise can help nerve cell connections, which can defer mental limitations like dementia or Alzheimer’s.

DECREASE STRESS

Golf is a fine way to destress after a long day. It’s a good way to destress for the day go and release mental or physical tension. Constant exercise might help you sleep better, too, so you feel waken up each day.

ENHANCE FOCUS

Are you getting the most out of your golf practice at your club, or do you find yourself getting distracted by the crowd? When you practice at home, you can give your full focus to your practice.

 

SENSIBLE ADVANTAGES

EASY MAINTENANCE

With a synthetic putting green, you don’t have to spend a ton of time or money on keeping your turf nice and short for proper play. Maintenance will mostly include removing leaves or debris from time to time as required. We also recommend you get your turf professionally groomed every 12 months for ideal performance.

MORE FAMILY TIME

Having a putting green in your backyard is an entertainment center in itself— and it isn't just for golfers anymore. You can get the whole family in on the fun that golf has to offer. Getting your kids started in sports while they are young can foster a life-long love they might grow with golf. At the very least, you’ll create some fantastic memories with your family and friends.

SAFER SURFACE

High-Quality artificial greens will assist you decrease the number of chemicals needed on your lawn. You can say "see-ya" to harmful fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides with synthetic grass. You can send your kids and pets out onto the turf without any worry about them stepping in harmful chemicals.

 

WHY SOUTHWEST GREENS?

If you are wondering what makes us different from the rest of the turf companies out there, search no further. Our synthetic turf is:

  • Chemical-free
  • Made in the USA
  • 100% recyclable
  • Designed for durability
  • Professionally designed and installed
  • True playability

Our partnership with Nicklaus Design lets provide the most accurate playing surface for sale anywhere today, too.

 

LEARN MORE

Are you ready for a backyard putting green? Check out through our golf collection to see some of the grass colors and designs we provide. When you’re ready, contact Southwest Greens of Austin for a no-pressure consultation.