Golf enthusiasts are now turning to low maintenance options, as they are tired of spending hours in maintaining the backyard lawn, fighting brown spots or controlling worm damage to the grass. One option is to use an artificial putting green carpet, in place of naturally growing grass. Indoor golf putting greens are made using synthetic fibers and remain green throughout the year. The ultraviolet stabilized fibers used to make artificial grass are durable.
Indoor Golf Putting Greens
Golf is an outdoor game played mostly in the summer season. But, golf players who take their game seriously feel the need to practice it every day. For these players, weather poses a great problem. Rain and snow don't offer favorable playing conditions. A solution is to play in an enclosed stadium to overcome such difficulties. But, everyone cannot go to these places every day. There is another option available to golfing enthusiasts, and that is of installing golf putting greens. Professional golf players, who must practice throughout the year, in order to sharpen and enhance their golfing skills, use golf putting greens. These can be installed, both outdoor or indoor.
They are also called artificial greens or artificial turf. These are designed to confirm with the stimp rating of a natural golf turf. The stimp rating is the number of feet a ball travels on a level section of turf, thus expresses the speed of a golf turf. By installing indoor putting greens at home, you can do away with traveling to a golf course and save time. The most important benefit to you, is that you can start playing golf practically at any time and keep at it, as long as you want. At a golf course, you have to share it with other players who wait for you to finish your shot; thereby, subconsciously pressurizing you to the extent of ruining your game. At home, you can play your golf at a leisurely pace.
Golf putting greens are available in a number of shapes and sizes in the market. These are available as kits containing panels. These weather-resistant panels made of synthetic turf, can be assembled or disassembled in a very short time. The under-surface of each panel is honeycombed, which supports a person standing in any corner of the greens.
The interlocking mechanism of the panels facilitates a smooth playing surface. Contour pads can be used to create different left-to-right or right-to-left breaks on the playing surface of the putting greens. Artificial greens are also available with foam backings and motorized adjustable breaks which can be used to increase the complexity of the play. Golf putting greens of various shapes and sizes are available in the range of $99-$5,000.
Tips for Artificial Turf Buyers
- The type of the backing material used in the artificial turf is of importance. The durability of the turf as well as the rate of drainage of water through the turf depends on it. The warranty offered for cloth-based and urethane backed synthetic turf by the manufacturers differs.
- If the size of the synthetic greens is considerably large, it is better to ask for samples of the turf from the manufacturers or the dealers in your locality.
- Find a professional synthetic turf installer for your turf. Ask him whether he is trained and certified by the Association of Synthetic Grass installers (ASGi). If he has been working in your locality for a long time then he should be able to tell you which type of turf or brand is more suitable for your climate.
- Know about the turf weight before you go and buy it. The term is applied to denote the amount of material used per square yard in the turf. Higher the turf density higher is the lawn-blade density, thickness and height of the blades (made using nylon) in the turf.
- Make sure to hire a licensed contractor to install your artificial turf as it has bearing on the warranty of the turf.
- A brief list of synthetic turf brands:
- Synthetic putting surfaces from Wisp
- ProGreen Synthetic Grass
- Hunny Do Putting Greens
- EnvyLawn's artificial turf and synthetic grass
How to Build Indoor Putting Greens
If you don't want to buy a ready-made and costly practice putting greens, then you can make it at home. Homemade ones can save you a lot of money. You can follow the basic idea as given below to make one according to the size and shape of your choice.
- This task can be achieved by making a wooden frame. The choice of the size of the frame is up to you.
- Within this frame, lay wooden beams at regular intervals and parallel to each other along the width or length of the frame. Nail them down to the frame. This is done in order to support particle boards, which are to be laid on the top of the frame.
- The choice of how many golf cups you want in your putting green is up to you. Locate them, in such a way that they allow you full use of greens.
- Drill holes for golf cups in the particle boards, before nailing them down to the frame. Cut holes in the putting green, such that they will match the holes for the golf cups in the particle boards.
- This platform will act as the base for the indoor putting green and choosing the right location for it will be an important task.
- While gluing the putting green on to the top surface of the platform, match the golf cup holes in the putting green to those in the platform surface.
- Allow one or two days, to let the glue set.
Though, indoor golf putting greens are small in size compared to a golf course, they help golf players to practice. They are very useful to players who don't have easy access to a golf course. Installing them in your backyard or in the house adds elegance and value to your property.