This gave me a mega golf-boner.
Back yard putting green - design input wanted - Page 3
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You just don't go ahead and lay the synthetic turf down.
You have to consider drainage etc.
I don't know if this site allows links to commercial establishments but if you google this you will get a you tube video on how it's done.
diy synthetic putting green installation
Pretty sure I could handle it....but we hired Southwest greens.
I'll do my best to document. As that is what I was looking for during my internet search. I found some neat ones and some not so neat ones.
This project has been a couple of years in the dreaming stages, I'm starting to get pretty excited.
Next step, hardware cloth to protect against the gophers that love my yard and then base rock and then a finer base rock. The green is painted out on the end, it's about 400 sf. Which seems about the right size to practice. A couple of feet more around wouldn't make much of a difference it seems. We would need to make it much bigger to get more cup and or more slopes.
Starting to take shape. next is the sand infill, regular sand followed by colored green sand. It's going to run around 10 which is about my home course on regular days.
We did pretty much what we thought with regards to the slopes. You can get a r to l and l to r and some straight.
These guys sweat the details, we picked the right company if you ask me.
Pitches and chips also work great. But having a perfectly flat spot to practice 10' and in is great and the green is large enough to play some fun games with guests.
Here they are rolling the green and back dragging the sand infill. Final shot is the finished product. We ended up placing a mound near the fence between two cups to create some breaking putts and add some visual interest and there is also a very small slope on the other side. This green also rolls nicer than any other synthetic green I've putted on, it's uncanny, the feel. If I was to decide on a company to do this I would choose the same.
I've been putting 10 to 15 minutes a day, mainly 4 to 6 feet. I can already tell a difference in my game and confidence level on the course with my putting stroke. We also had a lot of fun over the weekend playing putting and chipping games.
Thanks everyone for the kind comments.
Update: It's been a couple of weeks and this is awesome! I probably putt five to ten minutes a day while I'm watering the garden and I can already see a difference in my game. Especially for those 3 to 5 footers. The green is just large enough to make some fun games with my buddies. I've chipped to it a couple of times and it accepts balls like a real green would.
Overall, I'm still very impressed and it has exceeded my expectations.