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 natural turf, this needs A LOT of maintenancewhich is not an easy feat. Natural turf needs regular watering, trimming, fertilizing, and insecticide treatment. Synthetic turf frees up a lot of time, whether you are looking to add it to your personal or commercial property. Here are some key benefits of synthetic greens for you to take into account.

 

REDUCED MAINTENANCE

Synthetic greens are an easy pick for those who are searching to decrease the amount of time and money spent on green maintenance. Hazardous herbicides and pesticides won’t be needed. Watering and trimming will be no longer necessary. This will save money long-term because| you no longer have to invest as much into grass maintenance equipment. You’ll be able to allocate more time on the things with higher priority - like enhancing your golf game!

EASE SEASONAL ALLERGIES

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? If you do or know someone who suffers grass-specific allergies, you know how terrible it can be. Installing artificial grass can assist you decrease the free-floating pollen and eascut down on common symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and sore throat. Read our article on how artificial grass can decrease your symptoms here.

HIGHLY DURABLE

Artificial greens are developed to stand up to any weather that comes their way. It will allow you to have fun while practicing your game all year in some cases. When you install a superior-quality grass like Southwest Greens, products are resilient to UV exposure, foot traffic, and play. Our turf products are designed and tested for the best aesthetic and results.

FEELS REAL

Once more, provided that you purchase a high quality turf, you can be assured it will feel like traditioanl turf. We’ve collaborated with Nicklaus Design to bring you the best golf surface in the industry - Golden Bear. This turf is guaranteed to give you the greatest bounce, aim, and roll and a world-class overall golf experience.

CONSISTENCY

While the grass itself will not change your swing, you can depend on synthetic turf to provide more consistent practice. It will always be the prefect length and stand up to years and years of play. There’s virtually no downtime once the turf is installed, so you can keep working on your game throughout the year (weather permitting).

 

HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT KIND OF GRASS

We provide grass systems specific to your use. Our golf greens are constructed to look and play like organic grass; the style of the product replicates a naturally rolled putting green. The same can be said for our tee surfaces and fairway/ fringe material; as they soak up shock and behave exactly like natural club to ground interactions. Here are some other factors to consider when trying to select artificial turf.

BACKYARD GOLF AREA OR COMMERCIAL LOCATION?

Location, location, location. Are you seeking to install a putting green in your Edmonton backyard? Thinking about upgrading sections of a commercial golf course you manage? This will greatly affect the kind of turf you will want.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU WANT TO PRACTICE?

The skills you desire to work on will significantly affect which green will be the right pick. Are you interested in a putting surface? Driving range? How about a chipping area? Bunker escapes? We have choices of turf styles, lengths, and colors to satisfy your objectives.

WHICH PRACTICAL CHARACTERISTICS DO YOU NEED?

Do you need organic artificial grass to flank the golf greens? How about adding a tee box? Will there be any trees or live plants in the area that the turf will be required to be worked around? These are great questions to consider when planning for artificial golf turf.

 

GOLF GREEN INSTALLATION

Installing golf greens is something we highly suggest you leave to the pros. Some do-it-yourself projects end up being more work than their worth, additionally you can face problems early on, like edges peeling up, lumps showing up in the green - the list goes on. Here’s a quick glimpse of what installing synthetic grass looks like.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

A turf pro should visit your location view the site where you’d like to install synthetic golf turf. They can assist you on what type of excavating will required to be done, which turf is a great selection, and what your investment estimate will be.

AGGREGATE LAYER

First, any regular grass is removed, and the soil is leveled. Then a base of crushed aggregate will be moistened and shaped to form specific characteristics like breaks and sand traps. This aggregate is usually consist 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 aid playability and give added shock absorption or deflection. Pad is added based on the application and desired outcomes.

TURF SURFACE

Once your aggregate and cushion are done, the grass surface is added. The turf is made from high-tech polypropylene and designed to look like real grass.

INFILL

Next comes the turf infill. The best infill will be a combination of fine-coated silica sand to give the artificial turf weight and that real feel. If you’re going for a cooling technology like HydroChill®, it is added to the infill before the infill is applied to the grass.

STYLING

The last step of the installation process is brushing or rolling. This is what creates the best effect on a putting green or the lush appearance of landscape, helping the turf look more real. Depending on fringe cuts, sand traps, bunkers, etc., this part of the installation will vary.

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

 
 

WHAT DO PRO GOLFERS THINK?

PGA Stars such as Jack Nicklaus, Rickie Fowler, and Anika Sorenstam all use and endorse the synthetic putting grass by Southwest Greens. These pros all know that our artificial golf grass are the best on the market. Find out why in this article.


GET A QUOTE

We hope this article has been beneficial if you’ve been taking into account artificial putting grass. When you’re prepared to know your estimate, our group of professionals is here to assist. You can schedule a free consultation by connecting with us.

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