July 08, 2022

WHY ARTIFICIAL GRASS FOR GOLF?

From club to club and green to green, there is one thing that every course, putting surface, and driving range has in common; it’s always well-maintained. When it comes to organic turf, this requires A LOT of upkeep. It’s no easy accomplishment. Conventional grass demands regular watering, trimming, fertilizing, and pesticide treatment. Artificial turf frees up a lot of time, whether you want to add it to your personal or commercial property. Here are some important advantages of artificial turf for you to take into account.

 

LOWER MAINTENANCE

Artificial greens are a simple option for those looking to reduce the amount of time and money spent on grass up-keep. Harsh herbicides and pesticides won’t be required. Watering and mowing will be a thing of the past. This will save money over time because| you will not have to spend as much on turf maintenance equipment. You’ll be able to allocate more time on the things that matter more - like improving your golf game!

ALLEVIATE SEASONAL ALLERGIES

Do you have seasonal allergies? If you do or know anyone who suffers grass-specific allergies, you know how terrible it can be. Installing synthetic turf can assist you reduce the free-floating pollen and alleviate common symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and sore throat. Check out our article on how synthetic turf can reduce your symptoms here.

HIGHLY DURABLE

Synthetic greens are crafted to manage any weather that comes their way. It will enable you to relish practicing your game year round in some cases. When you install a high-quality grass like Southwest Greens, products are durable to UV exposure, foot traffic, and play. Our turf products are designed and tested for the best appearance and performance.

FEELS REAL

Once more, if you install a top-of-the-line grass, you can be confident it will look and feel like traditioanl grass. We’ve collaborated with Nicklaus Design to get you the best golf surface in the industry - Golden Bear. This grass is guaranteed to provide you the finest bounce, aim, and roll and a world-class overall golf experience.

CONSISTENCY

While the turf itself will not change your shot, you can bet on artificial turf to give more consistent practice. It will forever be the ideal length and stand up to years and years of play. There’s nearly no downtime once the grass is installed, so you can keep practicing throughout the year (weather permitting).

 

HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT GRASS

We provide grass systems customized to your project. Our golf greens are constructed to look and play like natural grass; the design of the product behaves like a traditionally rolled putting green. This also applies to our tee surfaces and fairway/ fringe material; as they absorb shock and mimic natural club to ground interactions. Here are some other elements to consider when trying to choose synthetic turf.

BACKYARD GOLF AREA OR COMMERCIAL LOCATION?

Location, location, location. Are you seeking to install a putting green in your Austin backyard? Thinking about upgrading sections of a commercial golf course you supervise? This will majorly affect the style of turf you'll need.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU WANT TO PRACTICE?

The skills you want to work on will significantly impact which turf will be the correct choice. Are you looking for a putting surface? Driving range? How about a chipping area? Bunker escapes? We have choices of grass designs, lengths, and colors to meet your objectives.

WHICH USEFUL FEATURES DO YOU WANT?

Do you need normal artificial turf to go around the golf greens? How about adding a tee box? Will there be any trees or live plants in the area that the grass will have to be worked around? These are good questions to think about when planning for artificial golf turf.

 

GOLF GREEN INSTALLATION

Installing golf greens is something we highly advise you leave to the experts. Some DIY projects end up being more work than their worth, additionally you can face issues early on, like edges peeling up, lumps showing up in the grass - the list goes on. Here’s a quick explanaition of what installing synthetic grass looks like.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

A turf expert should visit your location inspect the site where you’d like to put your artificial golf greens. They can help advise you on what kind of digging will need to be done, which grass is a fine choice, and what your budget estimate will be.

AGGREGATE LAYER

First, any natural green is eradicated, and the ground is leveled. Then a base of crushed aggregate will be moistened and molded to form specific characteristics like breaks and sand traps. This aggregate is commonly composed of crushed stone.

CUSHION PADDING (select projects)

After the aggregate layer is put down and leveled, a cushion padding is added. Cushion is added to help playability and offer added shock absorption or deflection. Pad is added based on the application and wanted outcomes.

TURF SURFACE

Once your aggregate and cushion are installed, the grass surface is added. The grass is made from high-quality polypropylene and styled to look like real grass.

INFILL

Next comes the green infill. The ideal infill will be a formulation of fine-coated silica sand to give the synthetic turf weight and that real feel. If you’re interested in a cooling technology like HydroChill®, it's added to the infill before the it's is applied to the grass.

STYLING

The last stage of the installation procedure is brushing or rolling. This is what generates the best effect on a putting green or the lush appearance of landscape, adding to the realism. Depending on fringe cuts, sand traps, bunkers, etc., this part of installation varies.

You can see a video of our installation here for a deeper understanding.

 
 

WHAT DO PRO GOLFERS THINK?

PGA Champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Rickie Fowler, and Anika Sorenstam all use and endorse the artificial putting turf by Southwest Greens. These experts all know that our artificial golf turfs are the finest in the market. Find out why in this article.


GET A QUOTE

We wish this article has been helpful if you’ve been considering artificial putting greens. When you’re prepared for a quote, our team of professionals is here to assist. You can book a slot for a free consultation by contacting us.

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