July 08, 2022

WHY SYNTHETIC GRASS FOR GOLF?

From club to club and green to green, there is a common thing that all courses, putting surfaces, and driving ranges have in common; it’s always well-maintained. When it comes to natural grass, this needs A LOT of work and that's not an easy accomplishment. Natural grass needs frequent watering, trimming, fertilizing, and pesticide treatment. Artificial turf frees up a lot of time, whether you want to add it to your personal or commercial property. Here are some key benefits of artificial turf for you to think about.

 

LESS MAINTENANCE

Artificial grass is an easy option for those who are searching to decrease the amount of time and resource spent on grass up-keep. Harsh herbicides and pesticides won’t be needed. Watering and trimming will be a memory. This will save money in the long run because| you no longer have to invest as much into grass maintenance equipment. You’ll be able to spend more time on the things with higher priority - like improving your golf game!

REDUCE SEASONAL ALLERGIES

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? If you do or know anyone who suffers grass-specific allergies, you know how miserable it can be. Installing synthetic turf can help prevent the free-floating pollen and alleviate frequent symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and sore throat. Check out our article on how synthetic turf can decrease your symptoms here.

EXTREMELY DURABLE

Artificial greens are developed to manage any weather that comes their way. It will enable you to enjoy practicing your game throughout the year in some cases. When you invest in a superior-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 aesthetic and results.

FEELS REAL

Again, if you install a top-of-the-line grass, you can trust it will look and feel like natural turf. We’ve collaborated with Nicklaus Design to bring you the highest quality golf surface in the industry - Golden Bear. This grass is guaranteed to give you the best bounce, aim, and roll and a world-class overall golf experience.

CONSISTENCY

While the turf itself will not change your swing, you can depend on artificial grass to provide more consistent practice. It will forever be the right length and stand up to years and years of play. There’s practically 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 offer grass systems specific to your use. Our golf greens are built to look and play like natural turf; the design of the product behaves like a traditionally 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 artificial grass.

BACKYARD GOLF GREEN OR COMMERCIAL LOCATION?

Location, location, location. Are you seeking to install a putting green in your Metro New York backyard? Thinking about upgrading sections of a commercial golf course you manage? This will hugely affect the kind of turf you'll want.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU WANT TO PRACTICE?

The skills you want to work on will significantly 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 grass looks, lengths, and colors to satisfy your objectives.

WHICH REALISTIC FEATURES DO YOU NEED?

Do you want regular synthetic grass to surround the golf greens? How about adding a tee box? Will there be any trees or live plants nearby that the turf will have to be installed around? These are great questions to think about when planning for artificial golf turf.

 

GOLF GREEN INSTALLATION

Installing golf greens is something we definitely suggest you leave in the hands of professionals. Some do-it-yourself projects end up being more problems than their worth, additionally you can face problems early on, like edges peeling up, lumps appearing in the green - the list goes on. Here’s a quick look at what installing synthetic turfs looks like.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

A turf expert should visit your location look at the site where you’d like to place artificial golf turf. They can help advise you on what type of excavating will required to be done, which turf is a great pick, and what your investment estimate will be.

AGGREGATE LAYER

First, any traditional grass is removed, and the ground is leveled. Then a base of crushed aggregate will be moistened and molded to form specific features like breaks and bunkers. 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 assist 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 installed, the green surface is added. The green is developed from top-notch polypropylene and designed to look like organice grass.

INFILL

Now comes the grass infill. The best infill will be a combination of fine-coated silica sand to give the synthetic turf weight and that real feel. If you are opting for a cooling technology like HydroChill®, it is added to the infill before the infill is applied to the turf.

STYLING

The last step of the installation process is brushing or rolling. This is what generates the best grass 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 putting turf by Southwest Greens. These experts all know that our artificial golf turfs are the finest in the market. Find out why in this article.


GET A QUOTE

We hope this article has been beneficial if you’ve been considering artificial putting grass. When you’re prepared 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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