July 08, 2022

WHY SYNTHETIC TURF FOR GOLF?

From club to club and green to green, there is one thing that all courses, putting surfaces, and driving ranges have in common; it’s constantly well-maintained. When it comes to organic turf, this requires A LOT of maintenancewhich is no easy achievement. Conventional turf demands frequent watering, mowing, fertilizing, and insecticide treatment. Artificial turf frees up a lot of time, whether you want to add it to your personal or commercial property. Here are some important advantages of synthetic grass for you to consider.

 

LOWER MAINTENANCE

Synthetic greens are a simple option for those who are searching to decrease the amount of time and resource spent on green up-keep. Chemical herbicides and pesticides won’t be required. Watering and mowing will be a memory. This will save money long-term because| you no longer have to invest as much into turf maintenance equipment. You will be able to spend more time on the things that matter more - like enhancing your golf game!

ALLEVIATE SEASONAL ALLERGIES

Do you have seasonal allergies? If you do or know someone who suffers grass-specific allergies, you know how miserable it can be. Installing artificial turf can help reduce the free-floating pollen and eascut down on frequent symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and sore throat. Go through our article on how artificial turf can prevent your symptoms here.

HIGHLY DURABLE

Artificial greens are developed to survive any weather that comes their way. It will allow you to have fun while practicing your game year round in some cases. When you invest in a top-notch turf like Southwest Greens, products are resilient to UV exposure, foot traffic, and play. Our turf products are designed and tested for the best aesthetic and results.

FEELS NATURAL

Once more, provided that you install a high quality turf, you can trust it will look and feel like real grass. We’ve partnered with Nicklaus Design to bring you the finest golf surface in the industry - Golden Bear. This grass is guaranteed to offer you the best bounce, aim, and roll and the best overall golf experience.

CONSISTENCY

While the grass itself will not change your swing, you can bet on synthetic turf to provide more consistent practice. It will forever be the correct length and hold up to years and years of play. There’s practically no downtime once the green is installed, so you can keep improving during the whole year (weather permitting).

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT GRASS

We offer turf systems customized to your project. Our golf greens are built to look and play like organic turf; the style of the product replicates a regular rolled putting green. The same can be said for our tee surfaces and fairway/ fringe material; as they absorb shock and mimic natural club to ground interactions. Here are some other elements to think about when trying to pick synthetic grass.

BACKYARD GOLF GREEN OR COMMERCIAL LOCATION?

Location, location, location. Are you considering installation of a putting green in your Tucson backyard? Upgrading sections of a commercial golf course you supervise? This will hugely affect the type of grass you'll need.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU WANT TO PRACTICE?

The skills you need to work on will hugely impact which green will be the ideal opyion. Are you interested in a putting surface? Driving range? What about a chipping area? Bunker escapes? We have choices of green styles, lengths, and colors to accommodate your needs.

WHICH USEFUL TRAITS DO YOU NEED?

Do you need normal synthetic grass to flank the golf greens? How about installing a tee box? Will there be any trees or live plants nearby that the grass will be required to be worked around? These are good questions to consider when planning for artificial golf turf.

 

GOLF GREEN INSTALLATION

Installing golf greens is something we greatly suggest you leave in the hands of professionals. Some DIY projects end up being more problems than their worth, plus you can face issues early on, like edges peeling up, lumps appearing in the grass - the list goes on. Here’s a quick list of what installing artificial turfs looks like.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

A green pro should come out to inspect the site where you’d like to install artificial golf turf. They can help advise you on what type of excavating will required to be done, which turf is a great choice, and what your budget estimate will be.

AGGREGATE LAYER

First, any regular grass is eliminated, and the ground is leveled. Then a base of crushed aggregate will be moistened and molded to form specific characteristics like breaks and bunkers. This aggregate is generally composed of crushed stone.

CUSHION PADDING (select projects)

After the aggregate layer is put down and leveled, a cushion padding is added. Cushion is added to help playability and offer added shock absorption or deflection. Pad is added based on the application and wanted outcomes.

TURF SURFACE

Once your aggregate and cushion are added, the turf surface is added. The grass is developed from high-quality polypropylene and shaped to look like real grass.

INFILL

After turf surface installation comes the green infill. The perfect infill will be a combination of fine-coated silica sand to give the synthetic grass weight and that real feel. If you’re interested in a cooling technology like HydroChill®, it is added to the infill before the it's is applied to the grass.

STYLING

The last stage of the installation process is brushing or rolling. This is what causes the best grass effect on a putting green or the lush appearance 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 more thorough understanding.

 
 

WHAT DO PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS THINK?

PGA Heroes such as Jack Nicklaus, Rickie Fowler, and Anika Sorenstam all use and endorse the synthetic putting greens by Southwest Greens. These experts all know that our synthetic golf turfs are the best on the market. Find out why in this article.


GET A QUOTE

We wish this article has been helpful if you’ve been taking into account artificial putting grass. When you’re ready for a quote, our team of experts is here to guide you. You can schedule a free consultation by connecting with us.

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