July 08, 2022

WHY ARTIFICIAL GRASS FOR GOLF?

From club to club and green to green, there is one single thing that every course, putting surface, and driving range has in common; it’s always well-maintained. When it comes to natural turf, this demands A LOT of upkeep. It’s not an easy achievement. Traditional turf requires frequent watering, trimming, fertilizing, and pesticide treatment. Synthetic 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 greens for you to take into account.

 

LOWER MAINTENANCE

Artificial turf is a simple pick for those who are searching to decrease the amount of time and resource spent on turf up-keep. Hazardous herbicides and pesticides won’t be required. Watering and mowing will be a memory. This will save money in the long run because| you no longer have to invest as much into grass maintenance equipment. You will be able to allocate more time on the things that matter more - like improving your golf game!

EASE SEASONAL ALLERGIES

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

EXTREMELY DURABLE

Synthetic greens are crafted to manage any weather that comes their way. It will enable you to have fun while practicing your game throughout the year in some cases. When you purchase a top-notch grass like Southwest Greens, products are durable to UV exposure, foot traffic, and play. Our turf products are designed and tested for the best aesthetic and performance.

FEELS NATURAL

Moreover, as long as you purchase a top-notch turf, you can trust it will look and feel like natural grass. We’ve collaborated with Nicklaus Design to get you the finest golf surface in the industry - Golden Bear. This turf is guaranteed to give you the best bounce, aim, and roll and a superior 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 endure to years and years of play. There’s virtually no downtime once the green is installed, so you can keep working on your game all year long (weather permitting).

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT KIND OF TURF

We provide turf systems tailored to your use. Our golf greens are constructed to look and play like regular turf; the style of the product mimics a regular rolled putting green. It's the same with our tee surfaces and fairway/ fringe material; as they absorb shock and mimic natural club to ground interactions. Here are some other elements to think about when trying to select artificial grass.

BACKYARD GOLF GREEN OR COMMERCIAL LOCATION?

Location, location, location. Are you seeking to install a putting green in your Houston backyard? Looking to upgrade sections of a commercial golf course you manage? This will greatly affect the style of turf you will want.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU WANT TO PRACTICE?

The skills you need to work on will significantly impact which turf will be the correct pick. Are you interested in a putting surface? Driving range? What about a chipping area? Bunker escapes? We have a variety of green styles, lengths, and colors to meet your objectives.

WHICH PRACTICAL CHARACTERISTICS DO YOU WANT?

Do you want normal artificial grass to surround the golf greens? How about installing a tee box? Will there be any trees or live plants around that the turf will need to be installed around? These are great questions to think about when planning for artificial golf grass.

 

GOLF GREEN INSTALLATION

Installing golf greens is something we highly advise you leave in the hands of pros. Some do-it-yourself projects end up being more work than their worth, plus you can face issues early on, like edges peeling up, lumps showing up in the green - the list goes on. Here’s a quick list of what setting up synthetic turfs looks like.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

A green pro should come out to look at the site where you’d like to install synthetic golf turf. They can assist you on what kind of excavating 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 removed, and the soil is leveled. Then a base of crushed aggregate will be moistened and shaped to form specific features 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 improve playability and provide added shock absorption or deflection. Pad is added based on the application and desired outcomes.

TURF SURFACE

Once your aggregate and cushion are added, the green surface is added. The grass is developed from high-tech polypropylene and styled to look like organice grass.

INFILL

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

STYLING

The last stage of the installation procedure is brushing or rolling. This is what generates the best grass effect on a putting green or the lush lookaesthetic of landscape, adding to the realism. 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 deeper understanding.

 
 

WHAT DO PRO GOLFERS THINK?

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


GET A QUOTE

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

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