Creating a Backyard Putting Green? Here’s what you’ll need.

Creating your own backyard putting green may seem like a dream. But turning it into a reality may be more feasible than you think.

There are three different kinds of putting green installations:

  1. Basic installation – This putting green is being installed next to a hard concrete edge.
  2. Basic installation with fringe – This putting green is installed next to a hard concrete edge with fringe.
  3. Premium installation – This putting green is being installed next to a hard concrete edge using a bend-a-board.

Here’s a quick step-by-step breakdown of each type of backyard putting green installation.

Basic Backyard Putting Green

  1. Excavate 3-5 inches of the native soil; an optional weed barrier may be laid down on top of the excavated area.
  2. Fill in 4 inches with a crushed rock base, compacted to 90%-95% compaction, leaving 1 inch before reaching the height of the concrete edge. Lay 1/4 inch of decomposed granite on top of the crushed rock base and make sure to compact this evenly.
  3. Around the outer perimeter, attach seam tape to the sub-base with 5 inch, non-galvanized nails every foot.
  4. Glue the putting green onto the seam tape and secure with 3 inch, non-galvanized nails every 3-6 inches around the perimeter and use 1 inch, non-galvanized staples every 3 square feet in the interior.
  5. Now that the grass is laid out flat and attached, evenly spread .5 – 1.5 pound(s) of infill per square foot, raking it into the thatch of the turf.

Basic Backyard Putting Green with Fringe

  1. Excavate 3-5 inches of the native soil; an optional weed barrier may be laid down on top of the excavated area.
  2. Fill in 4 inches with a crushed rock base, compacted to 90%-95% compaction, leaving 1 inch before reaching the height of the concrete edge.
  3. Lay 1/4 inch of decomposed granite on top of the crushed rock base and make sure to compact this evenly.
  4. 4. Along the seam between the fringe and the putting green, attach seam tape to the sub-base with 5 inch non-galvanized nails every foot.
  5. Glue the putting green and fringe onto the seam tape and secure with 5 inch, non-galvanized nails on the fringe side of the seam and 1 inch, non-galvanized staples on the putting green side.
  6. Secure the fringe with 5 inch nails every 3-6 inches around the perimeter at approximately 1 inch away from the concrete edge as well as 1 inch staples every 3 square feet in the interior putting green.

Premium Backyard Putting Green

  1. Excavate 3-5 inches of the native soil; an optional weed barrier may be laid down on top of the excavated area.
  2. Fill in 2 inches with a crushed rock base, compacted to 90%-95% compaction, leaving about 3 inches before reaching the height of the concrete edge.
  3. Lay the bend-a- board around the entire perimeter. The bend-a- board is held in place with 12 inch composite stakes, five stakes per bend-a- board, held together by nailing or screwing the stake into the bend-a- board.
  4. Fill in all but 1/4 inch of the remaining area up to the top of the bend-a- board with crushed rock base.
  5. Lay 1/4 inch of decomposed granite on top of the crushed rock base and make sure to compact this evenly, this will be flush with the top of the bend-a- board.
  6. Around the outer perimeter, attach seam tape to the sub-base with 1 inch non-galvanized staples into the bend-a- board every foot.
  7. Glue the putting green onto the seam tape and secure with 1 inch, non-galvanized staples every 3-6 inches around the perimeter and every 3 square feet in the interior.
  8. Now that the grass is laid out flat and attached, evenly spread .5 – 1.5 pound(s) of infill per square foot, raking it into the thatch of the turf.

 

Looking for even more information on installing a backyard putting green? Get our Step-by-Step Guide on installing putting greens here. In that ebook, you’ll learn the Do’s and Don’ts, needed tools and materials, step-by-step installation instructions, and about how long it will take to complete. A DIYer’s dream!

And as always, feel free to reach out to your local Purchase Green store or contact us to see how we can help you create your dream backyard putting green.

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Posted on December 5, 2020