July 08, 2022

WHY ARTIFICIAL GRASS FOR GOLF?

From club to club and green to green, there is one thing that every course, putting surface, and driving range has in common; it’s always well-maintained. When it comes to natural grass, this needs A LOT of maintenancewhich is no easy accomplishment. Traditional turf needs regular watering, trimming, fertilizing, and pesticide treatment. Artificial grass frees up a lot of time, whether you are looking to add it to your personal or commercial property. Here are some key benefits of synthetic grass for you to take into account.

 

LOWER MAINTENANCE

Artificial golf greens are a simple option for those looking to decrease the amount of time and money spent on green up-keep. Harsh herbicides and pesticides won’t be needed. Watering and trimming will be a thing of the past. This will save money in the long run because| you won’t have to invest as much into turf maintenance equipment. You’ll be able to allocate more time on the things that matter more - like enhancing your golf game!

EASE SEASONAL ALLERGIES

Do you have seasonal allergies? If you do or know people who suffer grass-specific allergies, you know how terrible it can be. Installing synthetic grass can assist you decrease the free-floating pollen and eascut down on common symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and sore throat. Check out our article on how synthetic turf can prevent your symptoms here.

EXTREMELY DURABLE

Artificial greens are crafted to manage any weather that comes their way. It will enable you to relish practicing your game year round in some cases. When you install a top-notch grass like Southwest Greens, products are resilient to UV exposure, foot traffic, and play. Our turf products are designed and tested for the best look and performance.

FEELS REAL

Once more, as long as you invest in a high quality turf, you can trust it will look and feel like natural turf. We’ve partnered with Nicklaus Design to get you the highest quality golf surface in the industry - Golden Bear. This grass is guaranteed to offer you the greatest bounce, aim, and roll and a superior overall golf experience.

CONSISTENCY

While the turf itself will not change your shot, you can depend on artificial grass to give more consistent practice. It will forever be the correct length and endure to years and years of play. There’s nearly no downtime once the grass is installed, so you can keep improving year round (weather permitting).

 

HOW TO SELECT THE CORRECT TYPE OF TURF

We offer grass systems specific to your application. Our golf greens are manufactured to look and behave like organic grass; the style of the product replicates a naturally rolled putting turf. The same can be said for our tee surfaces and fairway/ fringe material; as they soak up shock and behave exactly like natural club to ground interactions. Here are some other elements to consider when trying to select artificial turf.

BACKYARD GOLF AREA OR COMMERCIAL LOCATION?

Location, location, location. Are you seeking to install a putting green in your Augusta backyard? Upgrading sections of a commercial golf course you supervise? This will greatly affect the type of grass you'll require.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU WANT TO PRACTICE?

The skills you want to work on will considerably 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 different types of turf\green looks, lengths, and colors to satisfy your objectives.

WHICH REALISTIC TRAITS DO YOU NEED?

Do you want organic artificial 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 have to avoid? These are great questions to think about when planning for synthetic golf turf.

 

GOLF GREEN INSTALLATION

Installing golf greens is something we highly recommend you leave in the hands of professionals. Some do-it-yourself 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 explanaition of what installing synthetic turfs looks like.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

A green pro should visit your location look at the site where you’d like to put your artificial golf greens. They can assist you on what kind of excavating will need to be done, which grass is a good pick, and what your investment estimate will be.

AGGREGATE LAYER

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

CUSHION PADDING (select projects)

After the aggregate layer is laid and leveled, a cushion padding is added. Cushion is added to aid playability and offer added shock absorption or deflection. Pad is added based on the application and desired outcomes.

TURF SURFACE

Once your aggregate and cushion are done, the green surface is added. The turf is developed from high-tech polypropylene and styled to look like natural grass.

INFILL

Next comes the grass infill. The perfect infill will be a combination of fine-coated silica sand to give the artificial turf weight and that real feel. If you’re going for a cooling technology like HydroChill®, it's added to the infill before the infill is applied to the turf.

STYLING

The final step of the installation procedure is brushing or rolling. This is what generates the best effect on a putting green or the lush lookaesthetic of landscape, adding to the realism. Depending on fringe cuts, sand traps, bunkers, etc., this phase of the installation process will vary.

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

 
 

WHAT DO PRO GOLFERS THINK?

PGA Stars such as Jack Nicklaus, Rickie Fowler, and Anika Sorenstam all use and endorse the artificial golf grass by Southwest Greens. These experts all know that our synthetic putting turfs 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 golf grass. When you’re ready for a quote, our team of experts is here to assist. You can book a slot for a free consultation by connecting with us.

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