July 08, 2022

WHY ARTIFICIAL GRASS FOR GOLF?

From club to club and green to green, there is one single thing that every course, putting surface, and driving range has in common; it’s all around well-maintained. When it comes to natural grass, this requires A LOT of workwhich is no easy accomplishment. Natural grass requires regular watering, trimming, fertilizing, and pesticide treatment. Synthetic grass frees up a lot of time, whether you are looking to add it to your personal or commercial property. Here are some major benefits of artificial turf for you to consider.

 

LESS MAINTENANCE

Synthetic grass is an easy pick for those looking to reduce the amount of time and money spent on turf maintenance. Harsh herbicides and pesticides won’t be required. Watering and trimming will be no longer necessary. This will save money over time because| you won’t have to invest as much into turf maintenance equipment. You will be able to allocate more time on the things with higher priority - like improving your golf game!

REDUCE SEASONAL ALLERGIES

Do you experience seasonal allergies? If you do or know someone who suffers grass-specific allergies, you know how terrible it can be. Installing synthetic turf can help lessen the free-floating pollen and eascut down on frequent symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and sore throat. Check out our article on how synthetic turf can decrease your symptoms here.

HIGHLY DURABLE

Synthetic greens are developed to survive any weather that comes their way. You’ll even be able to have fun while practicing your game year round in some cases. When you install a superior-quality turf like Southwest Greens, products are resilient to UV exposure, foot traffic, and play. Our turf products are designed and tested for the best appearance and performance.

FEELS NATURAL

Once more, if you install a high quality grass, you can trust it will look and feel like organic grass. We’ve collaborated with Nicklaus Design to offer you the highest quality golf surface in the industry - Golden Bear. This grass is guaranteed to provide you the greatest bounce, aim, and roll and the best overall golf experience.

CONSISTENCY

While the grass itself will not change your swing, you can depend on synthetic turf to provide more consistent practice. It will always be the ideal length and endure to years and years of play. There’s nearly no downtime once the turf is installed, so you can keep improving throughout the year (weather permitting).

 

HOW TO PICK THE CORRECT TYPE OF GRASS

We offer green systems tailored to your project. Our golf greens are constructed to look and behave like organic green; the design of the product mimics a regular rolled putting green. It's the same with our tee surfaces and fairway/ fringe material; as they absorb shock and behave exactly like natural club to ground interactions. Here are some other components to think about when trying to pick artificial grass.

BACKYARD GOLF GREEN OR COMMERCIAL LOCATION?

Location, location, location. Are you thinking about installing a putting green in your San Francisco backyard? Looking to upgrade sections of a commercial golf course you administer? This will majorly affect the style of turf you will need.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU WANT TO PRACTICE?

The skills you desire to work on will significantly impact which green will be the ideal choice. Are you searching for a putting surface? Driving range? How about a chipping area? Bunker escapes? We have a variety of turf designs, lengths, and colors to meet your requirements.

WHICH PRACTICAL CHARACTERISTICS DO YOU NEED?

Do you need organic artificial grass to flank the golf greens? How about installing a tee box? Will there be any trees or live plants nearby that the turf will have to be worked around? These are great questions to contemplate when planning for synthetic golf turf.

 

GOLF GREEN INSTALLATION

Installing golf greens is something we definitely advise you leave in the hands of professionals. Some do-it-yourself projects end up being more difficult than their worth, plus you can face issues early on, like edges peeling up, lumps appearing in the grass - the list goes on. Here’s a quick list of what installing artificial grass looks like.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

A green professional should come out to look at the site where you’d like to install artificial golf turf. They can help advise you on what kind of digging will required to be done, which turf is a good choice, and what your investment estimate will be.

AGGREGATE LAYER

First, any traditional green is eradicated, and the soil is leveled. Then a base of crushed aggregate will be moistened and shaped to form particular features like breaks and sand traps. This aggregate is commonly consist of crushed stone.

CUSHION PADDING (select projects)

After the aggregate layer is laid and leveled, a cushion padding is added. Cushion is added to help 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 grass surface is added. The green is developed from high-quality polypropylene and shaped to look like natural grass.

INFILL

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

STYLING

The last step of the installation procedure is brushing or rolling. This is what creates the best turf 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 better understanding.

 
 

WHAT DO PRO GOLFERS THINK?

PGA Champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Rickie Fowler, and Anika Sorenstam all use and endorse the synthetic golf greens by Southwest Greens. These pros all know that our synthetic putting grass are the finest in the market. Find out why in this article.


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We wish this article has been beneficial if you’ve been taking into account artificial golf greens. When you’re ready to know your estimate, our team of professionals is here to guide you. You can schedule a free consultation by contacting us.

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