Practice is essential for improving your golf game. Instead of trying to find time to get to the golf club or local municipal course, why not practice in the convenience of your own backyard? By installing a putting green on your property, you can work on your short game without leaving the home and waiting for the other players to finish. The easier it is to practice, the more your game will improve, and for serious golfers a backyard putting green can be the ultimate convenient luxury and a capstone to their devotion to the sport.
How do you get started with installing a putting green? First, consider an artificial surface instead of natural grass. While natural grass is the standard playing surface on golf courses, it must be maintained daily to ensure consistency and playability. This process is very difficult; the USGA even has detailed requirements for keeping a putting green up to spec.
For a homeowner, such maintenance is a hassle. Using synthetic putting green turf is the solution to these problems. It mimics natural grass and is significantly easier to keep up to high standards. It improves the quality of putting practice by ensuring that ball movement is consistent.
Easy to Install
With natural grass, you must adjust your existing landscaping to construct the putting green by trimming and re-grading. This is even more difficult to accomplish than it sounds. Any changes in the land grading on your property may cause grass to die, necessitating sodding or reseeding. Installing an artificial surface is often easier. Synthetic putting greens can be incorporated into any existing landscape, customized to your specifications. Some homeowners may want a fairly large surface with several different holes and green designs, while others may want a simpler setup. Such customizations are not always possible with natural grass without significant expense, but are easy with synthetic turf.
Maintenance is Simple
Maintenance is significantly easier with a synthetic turf putting green. Homeowners don’t have to worry about watering and landscaping costs, whereas natural grass expenses can add up and be additionally problematic in locations with droughts or other water restrictions. Avoid a large increase to your water bill by choosing an artificial surface.
Weeding and fertilizing are further complications that add significant labor costs. Artificial surfaces allow you to avoid the hassle of maintenance and the time it takes for landscapers or household staff to perform it. With artificial grass, maintenance can be cut down to as little as a few hours a year
Along with cutting down on maintenance, an artificial surface also puts to rest concerns about durability. Even with frequent care, natural grass can become spotty or inconsistent, and the precision of the playing surface is essential in working on your short game.
Synthetic greens avoid these pitfalls. You can trust that the surface is consistent and this will help you get the hang of difficult slopes that make course greens challenging. Unlike natural grass, frequent use won’t cause imperfections or an overall loss of quality; even if you practice daily or let young kids take their first putts, the synthetic green will stay the same despite all the foot traffic.
Get In More Practice Time
Having an all-season, durable putting green on your property allows you to practice your short game whenever you have the time. With the green only steps away, this cuts down on any barriers to practicing, be it distance, time, or even having to wear proper golf attire. By making it easier to practice, it’s more likely that you will. Your total practice time will increase and your golf game will benefit accordingly. For intermediate golfers, the short game is an important tool for further improving their handicaps. Constant practice ensures you’ll get better with the putter and come into the clubhouse with lower scores.
Fun with Family and Friends
A putting green can also provide good times with friends or family. You can invite fellow golfers over for some practice and drinks. The green can be a great way for parents to spend more quality time with their kids while also helping them to develop their golf skills. The durability of the artificial surface means not worrying about kids creating divots or other imperfections if they use their clubs improperly.
With some modifications, your putting green can even be used as a rudimentary mini golf course, which can come in handy for kids birthday parties. A synthetic surface putting green doesn’t just have to be limited to solo practicing, it can also be the center of social activity.
Improve the Look of Your Yard
While the green helps your golf game, don’t underestimate its ability to improve the overall look of your yard. Artificial turf can be customized to your landscape and become well-manicured part of your overall property, adding value and improving the aesthetics of your home.
If you’re looking to improve your golf game and enhance your property an artificial putting green is a convenient at-home option that also enhances your property.