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post #55 of 73
Awesome back yard! I would like to see a shot that shows the entire finished project as that fire pit I bet is sweet.
post #56 of 73

AMAZING GREEN!

 

What company manufactured the materials, if you dont mind me asking? I'd like to do something like this.

post #57 of 73

Wow... just wow! I've been dreaming of an artificial putting surface in my yard as well. This is pure inspiration! Just need to convince the ol lady it's worth it now lol.

post #58 of 73
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

 

the company who put it in is Southwest greens.  They partner with a large carpet manufacturer and Nicklaus designs, their synthetic turfs are proprietary design.  I'm not sure that you can buy it direct.  It was the best stuff that I saw when we interviewed synthetic turf companies.  This is one of the main reasons not to DiY.  There are other turfs out there that are very good as well, but this seemed the best to me and it has a very long warranty.

 

As a DIY project it's not that complicated but there were a lot of steps to the green installation, including putting down a rubber mat over the contoured baserock and sealing all the joints. 

post #59 of 73
Thread Starter 

Update:

 

It's nice to have a bigger green like this to chip to, but mainly I use the flat areas I set up to keep up on my stroke and practice filling the cup with 4 to 8 footers.

 

So far, upkeep has been nil and it's holding up nicely.  We've chipped from as far as we can maybe 40yds and the green will accept the shots without a problem and take the spin on all shots including 3 to 4' off of the green checkers.

 

But, if you want to improve your putting I'm pretty convinced that a green with an 8 to 10' max straight putt is all you need.  I go out for 10 minutes at a time once to three times a week and the night before I play.  My putting stats have improved greatly, gone are the 33 putts a round...amazing what making more 3 to 5 footers will do.

 

I also bought a copy of my gamer and a dozen of the balls I regularly play to just keep at the green, makes it even easier to get some practice in.

 

Will report back later after we've had some rain to see how it does.

post #60 of 73

Putting this in this older thread. BTW to the OP. Great looking putting green.

 

One of the summer camps close to my house is going to start including golf as one of the activities and have hired some college golfers as counselors to work with the kids.

 

They are building a driving range and putting green out of a hayfield and hired me to take care of the mowing.

 

Someone is putting in the putting green and the tee box but all they've done so far is put in some kind of a base.

 

There is a circle cut out near the green that appears to be a bunker but I don't see any sign of drainage in the bottom of the bunker (if that's what it is).

 

Does anyone know if that's the way they would typically do it? (Looks like it should have drainage to me).

 

How much trouble is it to sweep the sand off of the artificial green and is it a hassle?

They have rolls of artificial turf on the site but haven't unrolled any of it yet. I'm fairly excited about the range since it's walking distance from my house.

But it has been a real chore to get it mowed for the first time.

post #61 of 73

I suppose I will answer my own question. :-D

 

The hole next to the green is a bunker and now has a lining in it, but no sand yet. No drainage though. :hmm: 

 

Since those guys put in those greens for a living I'm assuming they know what they are doing.

Nice looking putting green!


Edited by MS256 - 6/3/14 at 10:49pm
post #62 of 73

Here is a question for anybody, but would love input from backyard green owners, as well as teachers, and if you're both (@mvmac ) then you're opinion is just that much more valuable. :beer:  I have a very modestly-sized space where I'd like to put a practice green, and it looks a little something like this:

 

I am going to pay to have it done professionally, and the salesman told me that they can pretty much do whatever I want them to do when it comes to contours and hole placement.  What do you guys think I should do?  I was thinking probably just two holes, one near each end, and I know that I want at least some distance of straight, but how much?  Is it worth it to put some break in there?  Where?

 

Thanks in advance!!!

 

P.S.  That patio is proposed as well, so there is a little leeway to adjust the shape and size of that too, but I don't want to change it too much. :)

post #63 of 73

This is the green I had installed in my backyard.  If I had room I'd have gone bigger but it has helped my putting.

 

post #64 of 73
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Originally Posted by newtogolf View Post
 

This is the green I had installed in my backyard.  If I had room I'd have gone bigger but it has helped my putting.

 

Looks familiar. ;-)  So let me ask you this then:  When you use it, do you find yourself just hitting it around from hole to hole, or do you practice a specific shot more than any others?  If so, which one?  It's hard to tell from your picture how much contour is built into it.

 

And, yes, I realize I'm probably way over-thinking this, but I would just hate to put it in and then realize that there was something real obvious I didn't consider.:beer:

post #65 of 73
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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post
 

Looks familiar. ;-)  So let me ask you this then:  When you use it, do you find yourself just hitting it around from hole to hole, or do you practice a specific shot more than any others?  If so, which one?  It's hard to tell from your picture how much contour is built into it.

 

And, yes, I realize I'm probably way over-thinking this, but I would just hate to put it in and then realize that there was something real obvious I didn't consider.:beer:

There is a fair amount of contour.  I'll try to take another picture with the camera on the surface so you can see it.  Along with the contours, there are also intentionally designed flat area so that you can practice straight putting.

 

Let's remember, you're a much better golfer than I am and likely a much better putter, so I'm not sure my experiences will be applicable.  I use the 3Bays GSA Putt analyzer and spend a lot of time practicing my putting stroke.  I'll usually start out with 3' putts, then 6' and eventually work my way up to max length which is about 20' to practice lag putts.  I'll look at the stats from 3Bays to make sure I'm consistent with the stroke.  Depending on where I place the ball and which hole I'm targeting, I can simulate a fair number of different putts, including double breaks.

 

I'll also practice some chipping using a mat and from the fringe grass.  If I had the room I'd have added more artificial turf to practice chipping from, the mat works but it's not ideal.   My putting has improved and I attribute it to the 1/2 hour - hour I spend practicing 4-5 days a week. 

 

One other piece of advice is place the green away from trees and purchase a leaf blower to clear debris off of it.

post #66 of 73
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Originally Posted by newtogolf View Post
 

There is a fair amount of contour.  I'll try to take another picture with the camera on the surface so you can see it.  Along with the contours, there are also intentionally designed flat area so that you can practice straight putting.

 

Let's remember, you're a much better golfer than I am and likely a much better putter, so I'm not sure my experiences will be applicable.  I use the 3Bays GSA Putt analyzer and spend a lot of time practicing my putting stroke.  I'll usually start out with 3' putts, then 6' and eventually work my way up to max length which is about 20' to practice lag putts.  I'll look at the stats from 3Bays to make sure I'm consistent with the stroke.  Depending on where I place the ball and which hole I'm targeting, I can simulate a fair number of different putts, including double breaks.

 

I'll also practice some chipping using a mat and from the fringe grass.  If I had the room I'd have added more artificial turf to practice chipping from, the mat works but it's not ideal.   My putting has improved and I attribute it to the 1/2 hour - hour I spend practicing 4-5 days a week.

 

One other piece of advice is place the green away from trees and purchase a leaf blower to clear debris off of it.

Thanks.  Yeah, the location is fixed.  We're redesigning the backyard and the putting green isn't a priority or focal point, but rather just a bonus for me.  Rather than just having a relatively useless sideyard there, I'm adding the green.  And it is fairly close to a birch tree, but @mvmac said that sweeping it with a broom occasionally will do the trick.  And it's not going to be that big, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem.  Luckily it's not near anything else softscapey, so it should be easy to keep clean.

 

Way back when @iacas announced the book he's writing, he mentioned one of the chapters might be called "Stop practicing 20' putts" or something like that.  Hopefully that book will arrive before we get the green installed so I can have the knowledge from that chapter.

 

My current guess is that I need to have a decent amount of straight (12-15' or so??) to practice distance control, and then a shorter distance practicing aim.  For aim practice, it seems like it would also be good to practice some breaking putts.

 

If I slope it at 1% or so uniformly from one end to the other, and squeeze a third hole in the middle, but pushed to one side, then I could putt at an angle to the slope, thus creating some breaking putts.  Maybe I'll do that if it's feasible.

post #67 of 73
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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post
 

Way back when @iacas announced the book he's writing, he mentioned one of the chapters might be called "Stop practicing 20' putts" or something like that.  Hopefully that book will arrive before we get the green installed so I can have the knowledge from that chapter.

 

Yeah, we don't have a chapter called that anymore. I think the chapter is now called "Putting Practice."

 

;)

 

But there are a few other good chapter titles. That's not one of them.

post #68 of 73
I was mowing around the putting green I mentioned in my previous comment and the college player that the camp hired as a counselor to work with the kids on golf was there and was practicing pitch shots from the range mats to the green.

He said the green needed some sand swept into it so it would react more like a natural green with a chipped ball.

I've never been around an artificial putting green and I'm not sure what the installers did but I know they mentioned putting something on the turf (and I asume they did). Maybe it needs more than they put on there.

Anybody know much about that stuff?

P.S. I hit a pitch shot with his club while we were standing there and it rolled out about 10 or 15 feet more than I would have expected on a real green.
post #69 of 73
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Originally Posted by newtogolf View Post
 

This is the green I had installed in my backyard.  If I had room I'd have gone bigger but it has helped my putting.

 


If you don't mind sharing, about how much did this cost and how long did it take from start to finish? I think I may convince the wife to go along with this if I do a garage sale this summer:roll:.

post #70 of 73

It was about $8,000 and the price included semi-annual maintenance for the next two years.  As for the duration, it took a week.  That area of the yard was already torn up because I had just installed an in ground pool and pavers so I'm not sure if it would have taken longer if they had to remove the grass.

post #71 of 73

Here is mine ... put it in about 3 weeks ago ... no grass in the yard now!!!!  Today's putting stat ... 1.84 ... for a 24 handicap that is great! 

post #72 of 73
http://s1137.photobucket.com/user/kensisland/media/Golf/green.jpg.htm

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