July 08, 2022

WHY SYNTHETIC TURF FOR GOLF?

From club to club and green to green, there is a common thing that every course, putting surface, and driving range has in common; it’s constantly well-maintained. When it comes to organic grass, this requires A LOT of maintenance. It’s no easy accomplishment. Natural turf requires regular watering, trimming, fertilizing, and insecticide treatment. Synthetic grass frees up a lot of time, whether you want to add it to your personal or commercial property. Here are some major benefits of artificial turf for you to consider.

 

REDUCED MAINTENANCE

Artificial grass is a comfortable choice for those looking to decrease the amount of time and money spent on green maintenance. Harsh herbicides and pesticides won’t be required. Watering and mowing will be a memory. This will save money over time because| you will not have to spend as much on grass maintenance equipment. You will be able to spend more time on the things with higher priority - like enhancing your golf game!

ALLEVIATE SEASONAL ALLERGIES

Do you experience seasonal allergies? If you do or know people who suffer grass-specific allergies, you know how miserable it can be. Installing synthetic turf can assist you lessen the free-floating pollen and alleviate typical symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and sore throat. Read our article on how synthetic grass can decrease your symptoms here.

HIGHLY DURABLE

Artificial greens are developed to manage any weather that comes their way. It will allow you to relish practicing your game all year in some cases. When you invest in a high-quality grass like Southwest Greens, products are durable to UV exposure, foot traffic, and play. Our turf products are designed and tested for the best look and results.

FEELS NATURAL

Once more, if you purchase a top-notch grass, you can trust it will feel like organic turf. We’ve collaborated with Nicklaus Design to get you the finest golf surface in the industry - Golden Bear. This grass is guaranteed to offer 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 depend on synthetic turf to offer more consistent practice. It will constantly be the prefect length and stand up to years and years of play. There’s nearly no downtime once the green is installed, so you can keep practicing during the whole year (weather permitting).

 

HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT TYPE OF TURF

We provide grass systems specific to your project. Our golf greens are constructed to look and behave like regular turf; the style of the product replicates a naturally rolled putting turf. This also applies to our tee surfaces and fairway/ fringe material; as they absorb shock and behave exactly like natural club to ground interactions. Here are some other components to think about when trying to pick artificial turf.

BACKYARD GOLF AREA OR COMMERCIAL LOCATION?

Location, location, location. Are you considering installation of a putting green in your Flagstaff backyard? Looking to upgrade sections of a commercial golf course you administer? This will hugely affect the type of turf you'll need.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU WANT TO PRACTICE?

The skills you desire to work on will significantly impact which turf will be the correct pick. Are you looking for a putting surface? Driving range? How about a chipping area? Bunker escapes? We have choices of turf designs, lengths, and colors to accommodate your requirements.

WHICH USEFUL CHARACTERISTICS DO YOU NEED?

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

 

GOLF GREEN INSTALLATION

Installing golf greens is something we greatly recommend you leave in the hands of pros. Some DIY projects end up being more work than their worth, additionally you can face issues early on, like edges peeling up, lumps showing up in the grass - the list goes on. Here’s a quick look at what installing synthetic turfs looks like.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

A green professional should set up a time to look at the site where you’d like to place artificial golf greens. They can guide you on what kind of excavating will required to be done, which grass is a fine selection, and what your investment estimate will be.

AGGREGATE LAYER

First, any regular grass is removed, and the ground is leveled. Then a base of crushed aggregate will be moistened and shaped to form specific characteristics like breaks and sand traps. This aggregate is usually consist of crushed stone.

CUSHION PADDING (select projects)

After the aggregate layer is installed and leveled, a cushion padding is added. Cushion is added to help playability and give 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 turf surface is added. The grass is created from high-quality polypropylene and designed to look like real grass.

INFILL

Now comes the turf infill. The perfect infill will be a mix of fine-coated silica sand to give the synthetic turf weight and that real feel. If you are interested in a cooling technology like HydroChill®, it is added to the infill before the infill is applied to the green.

STYLING

The last stage of the installation process is brushing or rolling. This is what generates the best turf 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 installation varies.

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

 
 

WHAT DO PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS THINK?

PGA Champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Rickie Fowler, and Anika Sorenstam all use and endorse the artificial golf grass by Southwest Greens. These pros all know that our artificial putting grass 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 taking into account artificial putting greens. When you’re prepared for a quote, our team of experts is here to assist. You can schedule a free consultation by contacting us.

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