Discover why Golden Bear is the fan-favorite out of all our turf.


A Cut Above

Southwest Greens and Nicklaus Design first partnered in 2004 and has expanded considerably over time in both design and turf technology. All of our customers can enjoy custom-designed golf greens installed by certified Southwest Green dealers across the United States. Anyone can now practice on the most playable synthetic grass for backyard putting greens. The best-in-class is Golden Bear — incorporating professional design, installation, and exclusive turf products.


Southwest Greens Systems

Southwest Greens is thrilled to show off the evolution of its strategic relationship with Nicklaus Design which incorporates the industry-leading, premier design expertise in golf and grass products installed by Southwest Greens’ team of certified and trained dealers. Our integrated design process combining two companies that distribute Nicklaus Design Specifications. Southwest Greens uses Nicklaus Design templates to create and distribute a custom, premium, accurate artificial golf turf product to franchises.


Linked by Perfection

Partnership Results in Premier Turf

Founded by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Nicklaus Design is known across the globe as the golf course design leader. Unsurpassed in designing the most challenging, enjoyable, and memorable courses for play. Nicklaus Design is synonymous with greatness.

In partnership with Nicklaus Design, Southwest Greens of Austin is excited to offer an exclusive new line of Golden Bear artificial turf.


The Most Accurate Turf on the Market

Our premium-grade artificial turf is Golden Bear, providing the look, feel, and play of natural grass. It is the turf picked by amateurs as well as PGA Tour players for their backyards. In simple terms — this is the most accurate playing surface available on the market today. We analyze natural and synthetic systems so we can understand the key factors required to deliver championship performance. Even though it is created with golf in mind, this long-life, high-quality turf is also perfect for heavy-volume locations such as playgrounds and recreational areas.

As the undisputable leader of artificial turf installation technology and world-leading golf course design, we’ve perfected the ideal process enhancing the level of play, as well as the aesthetics of the green itself.

In partnership with Nicklaus Design, Southwest Greens has implemented an integrated design process utilizing a CAD platform and library of Nicklaus green designs that range from 750 to 5000 square feet. Our expert Southwest Greens designers can tailor the green to your requirements using the illustrious design principles and templates created by Nicklaus Design. With five decades of experience, 425 golf courses in 46 countries worldwide and 310 golf courses in 40 states in the United States, you can be sure that Nicklaus Design provides professional golfer-designed synthetic turf and best-in-class golf course design.


The Gold Standard for Playability

Synthetic Turf That Raises the B.A.R.

(Bounce, Aim, Roll)

Our Golden Bear Turf is the premier in quality, look, and performance for synthetic turf products. This premium synthetic turf rolls, bounces, and receives the same as a pro course. Shot after shot, Golden Bear offers the most accurate aim of any putting surface. Playability is so life-like, you will swear you’re putting on the real thing. It’s hands-down the best turf on Earth.

Synthetic Putting Greens with Championship Bounce, Aim, and Roll

Championship Bounce

20-25% More Ball Retention

Our Golden Bear Turf provides you championship-level bounce in your own backyard. Scientifically evolved and tested to have 20-25% more ball retention than other leading artificial turf for real playability. Learn more about bounce here.


Consistent Aim

Two Times Better Aim

Golden Bear Turf’s aim is scientifically designed and tested to emulate championship-quality putting greens. Shot after shot, Golden Bear has the tightest perimeter and the most accurate aim of any putting surface for pro-level consistency. Learn more about aim here.


True Roll

Truer and Closer to Grass

With Golden Bear Turf, you will have smoother rolls that’s just like playing on your favorite championship course. Scientifically developed and tested to reproduce natural grass, from the initial bounce off the clubface, to the spin transition, to the smooth ball roll into the cup. Learn about roll here.



The Southwest Greens Difference

Southwest Greens of Austin has quantified key performance indicators. Because we understand what variables influence performance, we are able to reproduce natural greens.

With Golden Bear Turf, you’ll experience smoother rolls that feel like playing on your favorite championship course, right on your very own backyard putting green.


Take a look at our Gold Bear Turf and discover why golfers around the world love Southwest Greens.

See The Greens

5x Golf Digest Award Winner
Golf Digest Editors Choice Award
Best Synthetic Putting Green