planning a putting green many things have to be
taken in consideration. When deciding what type,
size and style of putting green to install other
factors such as price, area for installation and
traffic can make that decision even more difficult.
In this section we will examine all the factors of
the different turfs and the manner in which they all
fit into this decision.
Establish a budget and work within that budget.
What do you plan to use your putting
green for? Are you going to use it strictly for
putting, chipping a short distance or for long
distances? Read the Turf Description page and learn
which turfs will take what kind of shots.
Style and Color
Once you have selected the type of turf you want to
use, order a sample and make sure it is going to
work for your situation.
you begin to consider designing a putting green,
remember which product you intend to use and the
width that it is manufactured in. All of our
turfs come in 15’ or 12'widths. All dimensions when designing
will have to take these nominal widths into
consideration. The Bent Grass Putting Green from Artificial Turf and Putting Greens has a "slight grain" in the
manufacturing process and careful consideration must
be given when laying out the material to take that
in consideration. The "grain" of the turf must run
in the same direction when laying out the green.
The base of all greens are either concrete, crushed
limestone or some other form of compacted aggregate.
The cost of the base is a factor when considering
the estimation of a putting green. For most small
installations, we recommend an aggregate type of
base. They are easier and quicker to work with and
most times your space constraints are such that
getting concrete material into these areas is a
Topography and Drainage
All turfs basically drain off the top. When planning
a green remember that you do not want a green laying
in a low spot on the property. Also when designing a
green do not leave a low spot (or bowl like area) in
your green. It is preferable that if anything it
should have a slight grade. A green will drain best
when the design has a small crown similarly to the
greens of Pinehurst.
Trees and Roots
Particular attention should be paid to
tree root systems. Trees that have extending or
surface breaking root areas should be avoided. These
areas can disturb a base and can cause permanent
damage to the base of a green even if it is
concrete. The best way to prevent this fatal error
is to avoid these problem areas all together. Also
try to avoid areas that have severe over hanging
branches and sap producing trees. These problems
with a bit of careful planning can make the life of
your green extend for a very long time.
Landscaping, Bunkers and Chipping Areas
does the green fit in the overall area you are
working in? Consider the layout carefully before you
put a shovel in the ground. The finished product
will need either a fringe made of turf, sod, stone
or mulch. These are some of the finishing touches
that can make or break a putting green. Do you want
a bunker? If so, the bunker should not be facing a
house or a neighbor’s house. Remember the last time
you "sculled" a bunker shot? Also chipping areas
should be strategically placed to take advantage of
the green. Chipping shots will need a place to "run"
out, so don’t short side your chipping areas with no
hope of stopping the ball.
Line it out
field marking paint and layout the green, then
measure, remeasure and measure again. You must
consider the shape of your green, you may need more
material depending on the style of your green. The
turf is not manufactured in ovals, kidneys and other
shapes from the mill.
Before you finish your order, take into
account any extra features such as custom flags,