July 19, 2022

If you’re amature golfer or playing at the professional level, you’re likely aware of the significance of your short game. Installing a backyard putting green in Edmonton can be the perfect answer to enhancing your weakness free of the distractions you might find at your golf club. Practicing in the quiet of your home can help to better your game and your overall health. Continue reading to learn more.

 

ELEMENTS TO KEEP IN MIND

Before committing to a backyard putting green installation, there are a few factors you should consider before installing.

WHY ARTIFICIAL IN REPLACEMENT OF NATURAL TURF?

Regular grass vs Synthetic grass—this is one of the most frequent queries we get. Here’s our take on the topic.

At first glance, natural grass putting greens might seem like the better option. It will look good and cost you less to install, right? Well, not so fast…

Primary installation of regular turf is less costly up front, but the maintenance of real turf will becoming time consuming and costlier in the long run. Putting turf surfaces have to be kept short for proper ball rolling, so it would need to be cut three or four times a week for regular play in the growing season. Also make note of fertilization, pest removal—and on the other end of the spectrum—if it’s a specifically dry season, you’ll have to water frequently to keep it healthy.

All of these little costs over time will total. Artificial greens will be more expensive for primary installation, but you’ll quickly recover that investment.

IS YOUR LAND LEVEL OR SLOPED?

While it is a possibility to have your putting grass on a small slope, it’s usually suggested that you try to flatten the area as best as possible. If you have a large amount of space and are going to install more putting greens in than just a single putting area, you could let it be naturally sloped.

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

ARE YOU INSTALLING ON SOIL, COMPACT STONE, OR CONCRETE?

No matter what kind of artificial turf you choose, you’ll want a firm base for the ground. Removing grass and compacting the soil as much as possible is essential for a successful installation.

If you want to install your artificial putting turf over concrete, you might desire to consider adding a cushioning layer under the grass for more comfortability. No matter the base, you will require a good infill to keep your green looking good and functioning 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 indicates that increased heart rate from exercise can help nerve cell connections, which can delay mental limitations like dementia or Alzheimer’s.

DECREASE STRESS

Golf is a great method of destress after a long day. It’s a great way to let the stress of the day go and release mental or physical tension. Constant exercise might help you sleep better, too, so you feel refreshed waking up each day.

IMPROVE CONCENTRATION

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

 

PRACTICAL BENEFITS

EASY MAINTENANCE

With a synthetic putting green, you won’t have to spend a lot of time or money on keeping your grass nice and short for good play. Maintenance will mostly contain eliminating leaves or debris from time to time as needed. We also recommend you get the turf professionally groomed every 12 months for the best performance.

ADDITIONAL FAMILY TIME

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

SAFER SURFACE

Quality artificial greens will help you cut back on the number of chemicals needed on your backyard. You can say "see-ya" to harmful fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides with artificial turf. You can send your kids and pets out onto the turf without any worry about them stepping in hazardous chemicals.

 

WHY SOUTHWEST GREENS?

If you are thinking about what makes us better from the rest of the turf companies out there, look 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 allows us to offer the most accurate playing surface for sale available today, too.

 

LEARN MORE

Are you ready for a backyard putting green? Take a look at our golf collection to see some of the grass colors and styles we offer. When you’re ready, contact Southwest Greens of Western Canada for a no-obligation consultation.