Discover why Golden Bear is the fan-favorite out of all our turf.


A Cut Above

Nicklaus Design and Southwest Greens partnered in 2004 and has grown considerably over the past few years in both design and turf technology. All customers can now enjoy custom-designed golf greens installed by certified Southwest Green dealers across the United States. Everyone can now enjoy the most playable artificial grass for backyard putting greens. The best-in-class is Golden Bear — featuring professional design, installation, and our exclusive turf products.


Southwest Greens Systems

Southwest Greens is happy to display the evolution of its strategic relationship with Nicklaus Design to incorporate the industry-leading, renowned design expertise in golf and grass products installed by Southwest Greens’ team of certified and trained dealers. Our integrated design process brings together two companies to efficiently distribute Nicklaus Design Specifications. Southwest Greens utilize Nicklaus Design templates to develop and distribute a custom, premium, accurate synthetic golf turf product to franchises.


Linked by Perfection

Partnership Results in Premier Turf

Originally founded by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Nicklaus Design is known around the world as the the premier golf course designer. Unparalleled in offering the most challenging, enjoyable, and memorable courses for play. Nicklaus Design is synonymous with greatness.

In partnership with Nicklaus Design, Southwest Greens of Connecticut is proud to offer an exclusive new line of Golden Bear synthetic turf.


The Most Accurate Turf on the Market

GoldenBear is our premium-grade synthetic turf giving you the look, feel, and play of genuine grass. It’s the turf selected by both amateurs and PGA Tour players for their yards. In simpler terms — Golden Bear is the most accurate playing surface you can buy. Southwest Greens analyzes natural and synthetic systems so we can know the critical elements required to deliver championship performance. Even though it’s created with golf in mind, the long-life, high-quality turf is also perfect for heavy-traffic locations such as playgrounds and recreational areas.

As the undeniable leader in synthetic turf installation technology and world-leading golf course design, we’ve perfected the ideal process to enhance the level of play, and the aesthetics of the green itself.

Southwest Greens has created an integrated design process, in partnership with Nicklaus Design, utilizing a CAD platform and library of Nicklaus green designs which range from 750 to 5000 sq ft. Our expert Southwest Greens designers can tailor the green to meet your needs using the renowned design principles and templates developed by Nicklaus Design. With 5 decades of experience, 425 golf courses in 46 countries worldwide and 310 golf courses in 40 states in the United States, you can be certain that Nicklaus Design delivers professional golfer-designed synthetic turf and only the best in golf course design.


The Gold Standard for Playability

Synthetic Turf That Raises the B.A.R.

(Bounce, Aim, Roll)

Our Golden Bear Turf is the ultimate in quality, look, and performance for synthetic turf products. This premium synthetic turf rolls, bounces, and receives exactly like a pro course. Shot after shot, Golden Bear has the most accurate aim of any putting surface. The playability is so life-like, you’ll believe you’re putting on the real thing. It’s without a doubt the best turf on Earth.

Synthetic Putting Greens with Championship Bounce, Aim, and Roll

Championship Bounce

20-25% More Ball Retention

Our Golden Bear Turf brings you championship-level bounce in your own backyard. Scientifically cultivated and tested to have 20-25% more ball retention than other leading artificial turf for true playability. Learn more about bounce here.


Consistent Aim

Two Times Better Aim

Golden Bear Turf’s aim is scientifically designed and tested to emulate championship-quality putting greens. Shot after shot, Golden Bear has the tightest perimeter and the most accurate aim of any putting surface for professional-level consistency. Learn more about aim here.


True Roll

Truer and Closer to Grass

With Golden Bear Turf, you will have smoother rolls comparable to playing on your favorite championship course. Scientifically developed and tested to mimic natural grass, from the initial bounce off the clubface, to the spin transition, to the smooth ball roll into the cup. Learn about roll here.



The Southwest Greens Difference

Southwest Greens of Connecticut have been able to quantify key performance indicators. By understanding what variables impact performance, we’re able to reproduce natural greens.

With Golden Bear Turf, you’ll have smoother rolls comparable to playing on your favorite championship course, right on your very own backyard putting green.


Take a look at our Gold Bear Turf and discover why golfers around the world love Southwest Greens.

See The Greens

5x Golf Digest Award Winner
Golf Digest Editors Choice Award
Best Synthetic Putting Green