Hey guys, thanks for you opinions! Been pondering the matter for the last weeks, too.
Confession first: I've got the artificial SWG turf rolled up nicely on the backside of my house next to the bags with sand infill. It was a bargain - the equivalent of a indoor quality putting carpet. For the installation I am looking at further 50 bucks for gravel and sand, $20 for a weed blocking fabric, rental for a compactor, $30 for a few cups, a couple of nails, seaming glue/fabric and a few things I might have forgotten. $130 tops, overall $260 when finished. And low maintenance guaranteed - wouldn't dare to go for a natural green.
The size is about 7.5 x 28 feet plus 2 feet fringe at the small ends. That would fit behind the house where grass is reluctant to grow anyways.
My idea was to split the roll into a l-shape - but that would not fit behind the house. Hence the hunt for arguments.
And yes, I asked myself the questions you asked:
- Do I really need a putting green in my backyard? - for that price tag I say YES, PLLLEEEAASE
- Will I outgrow/master that putting green eventually? - couldn't answer that - cup placement would be another topic to cover
- Couldn't I continue chipping on the lawn? - yep, but have balls land on the green would be really nice - I have no chance to practice that on the range
Hmm, under the circumstances listed above:
Would you proceed with a 7.5 x 27 feet patch plus fringe? Should I hunt for more turf - which length for a putt would you consider prudent?
Or should I opt for a l-shape in a sunny spot of the backyard (and hunt for arguments).