How to choose your backyard putting green.
For those looking to develop their games, a backyard putting green is an ideal investment that will provide a lovely green space for your back-yard, whilst providing the perfect surface on which to practice your putting. A short game fanatics dream, a back-yard putting green demands a lot of thought before making your purchase. So how do you settle on the best backyard putting green designs? Read on..
Steps to help you choose the best backyard putting green designs.
The climate in which you live.
This will dictate the surface that you should be looking to install. Bear in mind that a damp, cold climate will not be ideal for many of the superfine fabrics that are available.
Although this is a consideration that for many will not be an issue, the amount you have to spend should include a “pot” for maintenance and repair costs.
Again, depending on the material that you are installing, these repair and maintenance costs will vary.
How big do you want your back-yard putting green.
Space is a huge factor when deciding on your back-yard green.
Do you want to convert your entire back-yard into a putting green or just a corner, tucked away from view?
Back-yard putting greens can be designed to suit your specific needs, but having an idea of what you require before you start your search is always best.
Artificial greens can be made to fit within your lawn or come as a raised platform, with beautiful edging to create a more refined look.
The shape of your green must also be considered, along with the amount of undulations that you would like.
Some manufacturers even offer the chance to customise the speed of your green.
Will you be using your back-yard green just for putting?
If you have a large enough space you could incorporate a small chipping area, enhancing your putting green and creating a complete short game station.
More space would be required, and a more durable surface would also be beneficial.
If you have a small back-yard you may wish to consider using your back-yard putting green as an additional entertaining space. If you do then you may want to include a protection cover in the design, just for added piece of mind.
Backyard putting green cost
If you use one of the leading companies, you can basically create absolutely any design you want. In truth you could probably do the work yourself. The steps are not that complicated, but the finish will not be as professional or weather tight as a company created back-yard putting green.
If you were to do the work yourself the basic fundamentals are;
- Sketch out what you want to achieve
- Mark it out in the desired area
- Dig out approximately 36 inches of soil, ensuring that the bottom has a layer of loose soil around 12 inches deep. F
- Add a heavy gravel layer about 6 inches thick
- Cover with a fine gravel to create a compacted, level base (the most basic design)
- Cover with a synthetic turf (the finer and tighter the grain the better the ball will roll)
- Cut holes into the green and place the plastic hole mould in, add a flag and you are ready to improve your putting.
A project like this would probably cost around 5$ per square meter, but the finish will not be of the standard of a professional company, unless you can get hold of the raw materials and do the work yourself. Even doing this it will work out at 12 – 15$ per square meter.
I would highly recommend getting professionals in to do the work.
Although this will increase your outlay, the end result and durability will be far superior to a do-it-yourself project. The professional company will be able to create undulations, correctly cut holes and a fringe to compliment the green. Again, depending on the company and the quality of material that you want to install you would be looking at around the 22€ – 30$ per square meter.
If you are looking for the complete package you can even make your putting green a design feature of your garden, with the possibility of adding water hazards, streams, bunkers (fake or real) and teeing stations from which to practice your chipping. This is now taking the design to the ultimate level, and obviously this will increase the costs. Adding in these features could cost as much as the green itself, with water features costing upwards of 500$ to install.
As I have already said you can go to town with your design, hell! you could even have an exact replica of your favourite green created right in your own back-yard. Just imagine you could be putting on the 17th green at Sawgrass or the 16th at Augusta.
The choice is endless, you can let your imagination run wild. But remember the real reason you are installing a back-yard putting green;
To improve your putting. So, don’t create a putting green that is overly undulating, you will want at least some flat areas on which to train your stroke, rather than just your green reading abilities.
A back-yard putting green can be a great investment and a wonderful addition to your family home.