Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Our advanced in-filled polypropylene synthetic turf products are designed to function like natural golf course greens, so your ball will react with the same spin and true roll of a natural grass green. Whether you're chipping in your backyard putting green from two yards or on our Nicklaus Designed course from 200 yards, our artificial putting greens will maintain a shot as well as a natural grass green, making sure that your ball will not jump or waver as it would on a nylon surface
Since every project is unique, the length of time required for installation is driven by factors like weather, landscaping requirements, and the complexity and size of the project. Timeframes may also be impacted by accessibility and site preparation requirements. Please contact us for an estimate on your particular project.
Inside or outside, the sky's the limit! Southwest Greens Northern CA West offers custom design expertise for golf greens in a wide selection of sizes and shapes for every client. Backyard putting greens for residential spaces are normally around 500 square feet, while artificial golf greens for commercial properties or Nicklaus Design golf courses are normally 1,500 square feet. Our outdoor synthetic putting greens are custom-made for each client, considering available space as well as budget.
Artificial turfs require a high level of expertise for design and installation. Since our beginnings in the golf industry in 1996, we have truly mastered the art of golf construction. Turf blending, undulations, breaks and bunkers name just a few of the design elements important for real looking and rolling golf greens. With so many additional architectural features to take into account over a more basic synthetic, the cost of construction for our golf greens ranges from $20 to $25 per square foot, more or less based upon region, accessibility and features.
The superior quality of the materials we use is an extremely important factor in achieving a top-of-the-line golf green. Our professional products deliver the vibrant, natural green look of real grass as well as the plush feel and true performance characteristics without the use of nylon and other popular materials used in many artificial golf greens.
Southwest Greens Northern CA West is the recognized leader in the synthetic turf industry. Our devotion to research and development allows us to provide the highest quality and most innovative materials on the market today. With a variety of turf products created to synthesize the look and feel of natural grass, our custom designs reflect the unique needs, climates and conditions of any area. All Southwest Greens Northern CA West installers are required to have received national certifications, guaranteeing that products and expert workmanship will consistently be of the highest quality.

Will the synthetic grass fade over time? How durable is the turf?

Southwest Greens Northern CA West's earliest installations are 20 years old or older and continue to have the vibrant green color and texture of real grass. Our UV-resistant synthetic grass products look and work like new because they are designed to withstand heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions and temperature fluctuations for all-season use. All installations come complete including a one-year workmanship warranty and manufacturer's warranty that covers fading.

Our artificial grass is developed to be used and is highly recommended in high-traffic areas or for long-term sporting purposes

In most instances, artificial grass is dumped directly into landfills, using up precious space. Shaw offers a desirable alternative through the Green Edge Recycling Program. Once synthetic grass is removed, we are able to repurpose it in a wide range of ways including carpet backing, mats, rugs, sheet goods and more.

Sand infill from the artificial turf product is mechanically extracted from the turf, separated and then put through a cleaning process. The filling can then be used in future fields or used as materials for different products.

Shaw has recycled upwards of half of a billion pounds of carpet since 2007 and opened two cutting-edge recycling facilities — Evergreen (nylon 6 recycling) and Re2E (Reclaim to Energy). Today, Shaw provides hundreds of fully certified Cradle to Cradle flooring products.

Our artificial turf products require very little maintenance. For most artificial grass applications, using a leaf blower and water hose to remove lawn and pet debris is all you need to keep the surface clean. For golf greens, regular care by your local Southwest Greens Northern CA West representative every 12-18 months is recommended; we will guarantee smooth putts with regular check-ups that include rolling the green and inspecting the areas around the cups for any adjustments.
Professional Southwest Greens Northern CA West designers and installers are the only personnel certified to design and install our artificial turf materials. DIY purchases are available with consultation but will void any installation warranty

There are a lot of reasons that synthetic grass is a perfect option for San Francisco pet owners! First, it's much easier to care for than natural grass — you won't have to worry about trimming, saving you valuable time and money. Additionally, artificial grass is more tough than natural grass, so it can withstand pets playing. Plus, artificial grass is chemical-free and safe, making it safe for your pets.

It's not easy for fleas, ticks, and other pests to live in the synthetic grass. While we can’t guarantee that your yard will be entirely pest-free, you can count on them to be virtually eliminated. Because there isn’t any soil to support their nesting, you must keep an eye out for any collection of leaves or debris that could make a good breeding environment for ticks and fleas. As long as you keep up with your artificial lawn regularly, there will be very few pests.

Yes, our artificial grass has the appearance and texture of organic grass, so your pets will be able to enjoy it just as much they would use a natural lawn. They can roll around on the grass to their heart's content!

The synthetic turf we offer is crafted to be resilient and resistant to damage, so it is able to tolerate digging without becoming damaged. However, if your beloved animals are relentless differs, we recommend taking measures to discourage them from digging in the grass.

Absolutely! Cleaning fake grass is simple! You can hassle-free spray it down with clean water to remove any twigs. For more thorough cleaning, you can use soapy water and a brush to scrub the grass. Take a look at our comprehensive cleaning guide for more details.

Synthetic turf is odorless, so if any smells do occur, it’s usually caused by dog urine. Many dogs prefer to use one area of the lawn to do their business, so sometimes, you can get a little more of a build-up of odor. Our pet-turf system is designed to help neutralize odors, but there are steps you can take to ensure there's no unpleasant smell linger. We advise you use a solution of equal parts H2O and vinegar to spray Fido’s favorite bathroom area. Let it dry to get rid of any remaining smell, if our system was not used.
Our premium artificial turf is designed to be durable and enduring, with a life expectancy of up to twenty years with proper maintenance. However, the longevity of your grass may depend on factors such as the wear and tear and how well it's maintained. Our sun-resistant synthetic turf products look and function like new because they are engineered to withstand high traffic, harsh weather, and changes in temperature for all-year use. All installations come complete with a one-year workmanship warranty and a manufacturer's warranty that covers color loss.

The cost of synthetic grass for pets can change depending on factors such as the size of your yard and the variety of grass you choose. We offer a variety of synthetic grass solutions to fit different price ranges and needs, so we recommend contacting us for a customized quote.

While it's feasible to put in pet turf on your own, we recommend hiring a expert to ensure that the job is done accurately. Our skilled team can help you create and install a pet-friendly synthetic grass solution that meets your individual requirements and liking.

Southwest Greens’ backyard putting greens are crafted utilizing premium-quality artificial turf specially designed for strength, performance, and appearance. We use advanced technology to design true-to-life surfaces that imitate that recreate the features of live grass. Supported by professional golfers throughout the PGA and LIV Tours.

The duration of installation depends on numerous factors like the size and complication of the project. Usually, our skilled installation team works promptly to complete the installation process in one the week, minimizing interruption of your schedule.

Yes, Southwest Greens' backyard putting greens are designed to endure various weather conditions, meaning they are suitable for many climates. Our putting green turf is UV resistant and made to stand up to extended exposure to sunlight, rain, and other environmental elements. You do not have to cover it with a tarp over the San Francisco winter months (snow), even if you cover it, a professional maintenance is recommended once the last snow has melted, usually in the first months of spring.

Maintaining your backyard putting green is easy and requires minimal effort. Regular brushing to stop matting to the fringe, periodic rinsing with water to clear debris, and keeping the surface free of leaves and other organic debris are usually all that is needed to keep your putting green in ideal condition. See this guide here.

Absolutely, we offer customization options to tailor your backyard putting green to your preferences and available space. From dimensions and shape to fringe and contouring, our professionals work closely with you to create a putting green that enhances your outdoor landscape and meets your unique needs.

Definitely! Our artificial grass products are pet-friendly and designed to withstand the rigors of regular use, including playful pets. Plus, unlike live grass, our turf doesn't need dangerous pesticides or fertilizers, making it safe for your four-legged friends. While backyard putting greens aren’t recommended for pets, you can install pet turf in the yard for them, too.

Our backyard putting greens are built to last for many years with proper care and maintenance. With minimal required maintenance and occasional grooming, you can expect your putting green to give years of play for you and your family. Our first installations are now over 20 years old and have maintained the vibrant green color and texture of live grass.

Installing a backyard putting green in your San Francisco home provides numerous benefits, including convenient access to practice facilities, improving your golf skills, enhanced property value, lower water consumption, and a stunning outdoor space to entertain and play.

Yes. Our backyard putting greens are designed to react like a natural bent grass or bermuda green. Whether you are chipping from 2 or 200 yards, our putting greens will hold a shot as well as any natural green. Because of the B.A.R. bounce, aim, and roll, your shot will react with the same spin and true roll of any natural surface. Ask us how our playability tools set the B.A.R.

We know that space can be a concern for many San Francisco homeowners. Southwest Greens’ putting surfaces are designed to fit even in smaller spaces. With our professional installation and design services, you can have the convenience of practicing your golf game anytime, right in your backyard. Most backyard putting greens are 300-800 ft2, which provide great space for putting, including short “chip shots”.

While it is possible to build your own backyard putting green, the process comes with significant challenges. Artificial putting greens, though easier to maintain, demand specialized turf products and infill designed just for golf greens, along with a lot of specialized equipment and expertise to ensure it is installed correctly.

How much a Southwest Greens golf green costs depends on various elements, including the size, complexity of design, and site-specific considerations. Our team can provide you with a customized quote depending on your unique requirements. Contact us to learn more about the cost of installing a premium backyard putting green from Southwest Greens Northern CA West. See this guide to estimate your cost.

It’s easy to get started! Simply contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced San Francisco team members. We will assess your outdoor space, talk about your ideas and preferences, and create a personalized backyard putting green crafted to your needs and budget.

Artificial grass, also known as synthetic turf, is a surface crafted from synthetic fibers designed to resemble the look and texture of live grass. In commercial golf settings, it is commonly used for putting greens, tee lines, fringe areas, paths, cart paths, common areas, and even whole golf courses to offer a uniform and low-maintenance playing surface.

There are numerous benefits to using artificial grass for San Francisco commercial golf courses:

Low maintenance: Artificial grass requires virtually no maintenance versus natural grass which saves time and money on mowing, watering, and fertilizing.

Consistency: Synthetic turf gives you a consistent playing surface all year long, regardless of San Francisco weather conditions, providing a high-quality experience for golfers.

Durability: Southwest Greens artificial grass is made to survive heavy foot traffic and frequent usewhich means it’s perfect for commercial golf settings.

Water conservation: Since artificial grass doesn't require watering, it helps conserve water resources and that makes it an environmentally friendly choice.

Customization: Southwest Greens offers numerous synthetic turf products and designs, which lets you tailor the look and feel of your San Francisco golf course to fit your unique needs and preferences.
Yes, artificial grass is a perfect option for putting greens in commercial golf settings. Southwest Greens putting greens are specially made to replicate the performance characteristics of authentic grass, offering a consistently smooth surface for San Francisco golfers to home their putting skills.
While natural grass has its own unique performance characteristics, Southwest Greens’ artificial grass is designed to closely mimic the look, feel, and performance of live grass. Our synthetic turf products give you unmatched playability and performance, yielding a consistent surface for San Francisco golfers of every skill level. Ask a Southwest Greens representative to learn more about B.A.R. testing on playability.
Of course! Artificial grass can be installed on existing San Francisco golf courses to replace conventional grass or enhance specific areas like putting greens, tee lines, and fringe areas. Southwest Greens installation experts will help assess your golf course's needs and help determine the best way for incorporating artificial grass into your current layout.

Southwest Greens artificial grass is designed to be highly durable and long-lasting, with a lifespan of 20 years or more with proper maintenance. Maintenance requirements are few and generally involve brushing occasionally to remove any debris to ensure optimal performance.

Yes, Southwest Greens artificial grass is safe for the environment and golfers alike. Our synthetic turf products are made with non-toxic materials and don’t need dangerous pesticides or fertilizers which makes them an environmentally-friendly choice. Our turf is also designed to yield supurb traction and shock absorption, cutting the risk of injury to golfers.
Yes, artificial grass is a fantastic way to reduce water usage on San Francisco commercial golf courses. Since synthetic turf needs no watering, it helps conserve local water resources and reduce irrigation costs, making turf a sustainable option for San Francisco golf course owners and operators.

Southwest Greens' artificial grass is manufactured using the latest technology and highest quality materials to provide unparalleled performance, durability, and aesthetics. Our synthetic turf products undergo rigorous testing to guarantee they meet the highest standards for playability, safety, and environmental sustainability.

To begin installing artificial grass on your commercial golf course in San Francisco, contact Southwest Greens to schedule a consultation with one of our San Francisco turf experts. We'll work with you to establish your needs, discuss your options, and create a personalized solution to meet your budget and timeline.

Typically, turf ends up in your local landfil, taking up precious space. However, Southwest Greens offers a more eco-friendly option with our recycling program. The Shaw Green Edge Recycling Program takes back the turf once it has been removed, and we can recycle it in several ways.
The Shaw Green Edge is Shaw Industries' commitment to creating stunning and environmentally-conscious flooring products and synthetic turf surfaces. It shapes all our actions, ensuring exemplary ethical standards and conserving our planet's resources, as well as the recycling of raw materials and the manufacturing of products that can be recycled time after time.
Investing in in cutting-edge infrastructure like our Re2E (Reclaim to Energy) plant in Dalton, GA. Here, we make use of recovered ground surfaces, including fibers from artificial turf, to generate power for our production locations.

Without a doubt! Through sophisticated processes, the entire synthetic grass system can be converted back into their resin state. This material is then formed or extruded into new flooring solutions such as mats, rugs, carpet backing, and resilient products, minimizing the need for new materials.

The rubber infill and sand are carefully removed from the artificial turf, cleansed, and repurposed. It can be up-cycled in future fields or as materials for other goods, limiting waste.

Livability is a benchmarking methodology we use to ensure our products meet high standards for material and environmental health. Different products have varying types of measure, but all must meet high expectations for client safety. We assess durability, temperature, UV resistance, and environmental impact to offer the highest value and performance.
Our offerings are designed with eco-friendliness in mind. They’re non-toxic, sustainable and renewable, with a reduced carbon footprint. Furthermore, they’re dust-free, uncoated silica, and quartz-free, further minimizing their environmental impact.
As a division of Shaw Industries, Southwest Greens aligns with Shaw's dedication to lowering water, energy, and emissions intensity. We work together to focus on sustainability and find opportunities to make a brighter future through innovation and partnerships.
Artificial tee lines and tee mats are synthetic surfaces made to replicate real grass areas used in golf. They provide a long-lasting, low-maintenance option to natural grass, fit for driving ranges, golf courses, and personal use.
Artificial tee lines and tee mats are typically composed of high-quality man-made fibers like nylon or polypropylene. They are known for their toughness, elasticity, and ability to replicate the feel and performance of natural grass.

Artificial tee lines and tee mats provide many advantages, such as:

  • Durability: Endure intense use and severe weather.
  • Low Maintenance: Need low upkeep as opposed to real grass.
  • Consistent Performance: Ensure a consistent golf surface throughout the year.
  • Cost-Effective: Cut expenditures tied to watering needs, mowing, and fertilizing.


Absolutely, many artificial tee mats are made to be compatible with actual golf tees. These mats often have a thick, woven design that securely grips the tees stable, enabling a true-to-life playing experience.

Setting up typically involves:

  1. Surface prep: Clear and flatten the space in which the tee line or mat will be placed.
  2. Base Layer: Place a base layer of crushed stone or aggregate to allow for adequate drainage.
  3. Mat Placement: Place the tee mat on top of the base layer, ensuring a secure fit.
  4. Securing: Secure the golf mat using suitable fasteners to stop shifting.

It's highly recommended having a professional do the installation. See our installation process here.

Upkeep is straightforward and includes:

  • Routine Cleaning: Brush off dirt and wash with a hose to maintain a clean surface.
  • Inspection: Periodically inspect for damaged areas or wear and fix concerns immediately.
  • Revitalization: Periodically refresh the grass with a power broom to keep the standing position

Absolutely, artificial tee mats are designed with your safety in mind. They offer a steady and uniform playing surface, lowering the risk of injuries due to rough or damaged traditional grass.
Top-grade artificial tee lines and tee mats are made to withstand different weather, such as strong sunlight, downpours, and cold temperatures. These mats are UV-resistant to stop discoloration and wearing out from extended sunlight exposure.
The life expectancy of artificial tee lines and tee mats is influenced by the frequency of use and the grade of the fibers. Typically, they last for 5 to 10 years with proper care.
Absolutely, artificial tee mats can be customized in length, thickness, and style to satisfy individual needs. Reach out to talk about customization options!