Synthetic Turf Putting Green Installation Ideas.
The Putting green location is very important during planning.
It should be set in as level an area as possible. The Green
should be in an open area away from trees and leaf foliage. If considering
lights close to electric service.
The Putting Green size can depend on if carpet seams will be
used. Most standard rolled carpet has a maximum width. Our local carpet
stores have twelve foot maximum width. (Check with your local carpet
We used 6x6 pressure treated outdoor wood for the frame of the
green. Most lumber comes in two foot multiples 8',10',12',16',18',20' and
longer. You will also need galvanized tie plates to hold the 6x6's
together and can be found at local hardware stores. We made a simple step
up to the green with 2x10 and 2x4 frame out of treated wood and painted
the 6x6 and step up for appearance.
(4) Green Fill:
After the 6x6 are placed and tied together you need to clear
any vegetation. No 2 B gravel was then put down about 1 ½" - 2" for the
base. Next a vapor barrier was put down on top of the gravel. Next we put
down about 3 inches of sand. The sand was dampened with water and raked
smooth and some mounding was done for undulations in the green. We also
raked up the edges to build up a slope on the edge so that the balls
return after contacting the 6x6.
The synthetic carpet was then put down over the sand and
trimmed where needed. To handle the seam we used duct tape with the
adhesive facing up and added exterior glue to the tape and pressed the two
seams together on top of the duct tape. We purchased the best out door
carpet we could find locally. Many of the carpet stores have various
qualities to choose from. After allowing the seams to bond we next rolled
the green surface with a roller to compress and compact and allowed the
green to settle for a few days before putting the cups in.
You can either use medal or plastic practice green cups 4 ¼"
depth. Determine the location of where you want the cups and use a marker
to trace around the cup on the carpet. Using scissors carefully cut out
the hole. Use a small hand shovel to dig out the hole. The cup should be
about 1" below the green surface. You may want to dab some glue around the
hole cut out to prevent fraying. The 4 ¼" cups will also work with regular
flagsticks if needed but 6" cups are even better if you plan on using
regular flagsticks often.
We carry both Pole & Flag type green markers and also the
handle pull markers. (see photos below) You may also want to consider cup
covers to keep holes free of debris.
We really enjoy our backyard putting green. The synthetic
carpet has lasted for four years and still looks great. Your local
landscaper can assist on installation of the green if you prefer not to do
it yourself. We also purchased a tarp to cover the green in the winter and
used standard bricks to hold the tarp down. Our 18' x 18' Putting green
was less then $1500 installed complete. There is virtually no maintenance
with this synthetic green.
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