July 08, 2022

WHY SYNTHETIC 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 all around well-maintained. When it comes to organic grass, this needs A LOT of maintenancewhich is not an easy feat. Traditional turf needs regular watering, mowing, fertilizing, and pesticide 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 important benefits of artificial grass for you to think about.

 

LOWER MAINTENANCE

Synthetic golf greens are a simple option for those who are searching to reduce the amount of time and resource spent on grass up-keep. Hazardous herbicides and pesticides won’t be required. Watering and mowing will be a memory. This will save money long-term because| you won’t have to invest as much into turf maintenance equipment. You’ll be able to spend more time on the things that matter more - like enhancing your golf game!

EASE SEASONAL ALLERGIES

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? If you do or know people who suffer grass-specific allergies, you know how annoying it can be. Installing synthetic grass 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 synthetic turf can prevent your symptoms here.

EXTREMELY DURABLE

Synthetic greens are developed to stand up to any weather that comes their way. It will enable you to relish practicing your game year round in some cases. When you install a superior-quality turf 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 NATURAL

Once more, provided that you invest in a top-notch turf, you can trust it will look and feel like natural grass. We’ve partnered with Nicklaus Design to bring you the best golf surface in the industry - Golden Bear. This grass is guaranteed to provide you the best bounce, aim, and roll and a world-class overall golf experience.

CONSISTENCY

While the grass itself will not change your swing, you can bet on artificial turf to provide more consistent practice. It will forever be the correct length and hold up to years and years of play. There’s practically no downtime once the green is installed, so you can keep practicing all year long (weather permitting).

 

HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT TURF

We provide grass systems tailored to your application. Our golf greens are manufactured to look and behave like regular turf; the style of the product behaves like a naturally rolled putting turf. It's the same with our tee surfaces and fairway/ fringe material; as they absorb shock and behave exactly like natural club to ground interactions. Here are some other factors to consider when trying to select synthetic grass.

BACKYARD GOLF AREA OR COMMERCIAL LOCATION?

Location, location, location. Are you considering installation of a putting green in your Greenwich backyard? Upgrading sections of a commercial golf course you manage? This will greatly affect the kind of grass you'll require.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU WANT TO PRACTICE?

The skills you want to work on will hugely affect which green will be the right choice. Are you looking for a putting surface? Driving range? How about a chipping area? Bunker escapes? We have choices of grass designs, lengths, and colors to satisfy your objectives.

WHICH REALISTIC FEATURES DO YOU NEED?

Do you need regular synthetic grass to surround the golf greens? How about adding a tee box? Will there be any trees or live plants around that the grass will have to avoid? These are great questions to consider when planning for synthetic golf turf.

 

GOLF GREEN INSTALLATION

Installing golf greens is something we definitely advise you leave to the professionals. Some DIY projects end up being more difficult than their worth, additionally you can face issues early on, like edges peeling up, lumps appearing in the grass - the list goes on. Here’s a quick glimpse of what installing synthetic grass looks like.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

A turf professional should come out to inspect the site where you’d like to put your artificial golf greens. They can guide you on what kind of digging will need to be done, which turf is a fine selection, and what your budget estimate will be.

AGGREGATE LAYER

First, any regular grass is eliminated, and the soil is leveled. Then a base of crushed aggregate will be moistened and molded to form specific characteristics like breaks and sand traps. This aggregate is commonly composed of crushed stone.

CUSHION PADDING (select projects)

After the aggregate layer is installed and leveled, a cushion padding is added. Cushion is added to improve playability and give added shock absorption or deflection. Pad is added based on the application and expected outcomes.

TURF SURFACE

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

INFILL

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

STYLING

The last step of the installation process is brushing or rolling. This is what creates 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 phase of the installation process will vary.

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

 
 

WHAT DO PRO GOLFERS THINK?

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


GET A QUOTE

We hope this article has been helpful if you’ve been considering synthetic golf grass. When you’re ready for a quote, our group of professionals is here to help. You can book a slot for a free consultation by connecting with us.

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