"Critical Design Ideas/Tips For Your Synthetic Golf Green"
Get the right grass!
There are lots of options available when it comes to synthetic grass for golf. Unfortunately, many of these grasses are not golf specific. They come from hockey or lawn bowls and are not all they are cracked up to be.
Nothing is more important than using the right kind of grass. While it’s tempting to go with the cheapest option available, you certainly get what you pay for.
Cheaper offshore grass is not always made for golf and it’s unlikely properly UV protected (despite what they tell you) to deal with our harsh climate.
These cheaper grasses fade and shrink and quickly look old and worn. Worse, once the grass becomes tardy the speed of the green becomes unusable. I’ve seen backyard greens where it’s impossible to keep the ball on the putting surface - not much fun and certainly a waste of money.
I get asked often about the grass found in mainstream hardware stores: these grasses fall into the “cheap and cheerful” category and I wouldn’t recommend them (and to be fair, they are not that cheap!).
At the end of the day, you’re not really saving money if your golf green doesn’t work well, isn’t realistic and is not going to last. You really do get what you pay for and you’re certainly not going to get the level of service that is demanded from a golfer who wants a functional and realistic golf green.
Our advice: Get the best grass available and you won't be disappointed.
Another point: While you can get grass from a hardware store or cheap importers, you really aren't saving that much in the long run, especially if your green needs to be replaced inside 24 months.
Base works are key
The foundation of your green is the next most important thing. Whether you’re doing a DIY project or are looking at getting someone to build you a green, please ensure the base works get serious attention.
Get your levels and drainage right and you’ll have less issues down the track. You can use a crusher dust or river sand base but make sure you take your time - you’re after something that will drain well and has good firmness.
The bottom line here is you can’t just buy a roll of synthetic grass and lay it down on the ground. You’ll need to do some preparation work to ensure your green is realistic and long lasting.
The best advice I have been given is treat your own green like any green you’d see at the golf course. Build the correct kind of base and you’ll be rewarded with a much better golf experience.
Note: I have a comprehensive DIY guide (with videos and bonus tips) that walks you through the entire process of installation.
Me and my team are fanatical about building the correct base. Without this, it’s impossible to get a great result. We take into account the slope of the land, drainage and even the soil we are working with.
Consider a fringe grass
Not only does the fringe grass finish off your green nicely (you can add some shape and curve to your green more easily) it also gives you a place to chip/pitch from. While a putting only green can be a lot of fun, why wouldn’t you want to add another dimension to it?
Also, fringe grass is a more cost effective way of adding to your overall size without blowing your budget because fringe grass is cheaper than the actual putting surface.
A fringe grass can double as an entertainment and/or play area for the kids. Certainly reduces the amount of mowing/weeding you’ll need to do in your backyard.
Further, a fringe is the best way to fill in certain sized areas. For example,
If you are working to a width of 5m, then you'll almost certainly need a fringe. Why? Because the putting grass width comes in 3.7m so you can use the fringe grass to make up the excess 1.3m.
Yep, you could make the green 5m wide and this may suit you but you also may need to accommodate around 2.4m width of wastage and you'll have a join in your green (joins are not a deal breaker and are sometimes unavoidable, but we don't always recommend them on smaller backyard greens)
Get the biggest green possible!
These new-age synthetic golf greens are amazing. And I’ve never had a golfer tell me they regret their green is too big. But almost always, a golfer will tell me, “I wish I had made this thing bigger!”. Many clients add to their green later, but doing so is more expensive than getting the right size from the start. So take your time and plan out what you really want.
I recommend starting with your "dream green" and working backwards from there. Go out into your backyard with some paint (or markers) and measure out what your ideal green would be.
Good idea: Take a photo of your proposed green and be sure to send through to us when you're ready to get a quotation (and please include the dimensions).
Are these greens pet proof?
You bet they are. It’s no biggie if your cat or dog decides to do their business on the synthetic grass. It’s all made to be pet proof and all you have to do is remove any offending left overs and spray it down with some water. Job done in a minute or two. While I’m at it, the grass is practically “anything” proof. Kids don’t stand a chance and we even have had clients park cars on their green (not recommended by the way).
What about maintenance?
You don’t want to be spending all your time maintaining your synthetic green. As far as I’m concerned, I’d rather be out enjoying it than wasting time (and money) keeping the thing in working order.
One of the biggest benefits of a Supreme Green is the lack of maintenance required. They require some, but not much.
Weeding: You may get some pesky little weeds growing through your green. The best bet is to pull them out slowly, so you get roots and all. When I’m out playing on my green I keep an eye out for any unwanted weeds and just pull them out. It only takes a second or two and it’s no bother at all.
The only other thing I do is weed the edge of the surrounds. This keeps any real grass/weeds from growing into the synthetic grass.
Brushing: I suggest you brush your green once a month or so. This involves a stiff broom and walking back and forwards. There’s no heavy brushing or sweeping involved – just walk back and forwards and the broom does the rest.
This brushing helps spread the infill and keeps the grass in good order. After a brushing you’ll notice your green runs better than ever. The best thing is it only takes a few minutes – maybe 10-15 minutes tops.
Blowing: Blowing is required to remove debris. You could do this by hand if you wanted but it’s way quicker with a blower. You can get cheap blowers from Bunnings but I recommend spending a few extra bucks and getting a good one.
Mine cost around $330 dollars. Blowing removes leaves, dirt, weeds, divots and unwanted sand from the green. If your budget allows I recommend investing in one as it saves you a tonne of time.