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 turf, this demands A LOT of maintenance. It’s not an easy feat. Traditional turf demands regular watering, mowing, fertilizing, and insecticide treatment. Synthetic grass frees up a lot of time, whether you're looking to add it to your personal or commercial property. Here are some major advantages of synthetic greens for you to take into account.

 

LOWER MAINTENANCE

Artificial greens are a comfortable choice for those who are searching to reduce the amount of time and money spent on grass maintenance. Harsh herbicides and pesticides won’t be required. Watering and mowing 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 you care about - like enhancing your golf game!

EASE SEASONAL ALLERGIES

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? If you do or know anyone who suffers grass-specific allergies, you know how miserable it can be. Installing synthetic grass can help reduce the free-floating pollen and eascut down on common symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and sore throat. Read our article on how artificial grass can prevent your symptoms here.

HIGHLY DURABLE

Synthetic greens are crafted to survive any weather that comes their way. It will enable you to relish practicing your game year round in some cases. When you buy a top-notch turf like Southwest Greens, products are durable to UV exposure, foot traffic, and play. Our turf products are designed and tested for the best look and results.

FEELS NATURAL

Once more, provided that you choose a high quality grass, you can trust it will look and feel like traditioanl grass. We’ve partnered with Nicklaus Design to get you the finest golf surface in the industry - Golden Bear. This turf is guaranteed to give you the greatest bounce, aim, and roll and a world-class overall golf experience.

CONSISTENCY

While the turf itself will not change your shot, you can bet on artificial grass to provide more consistent practice. It will always be the right length and hold up to years and years of play. There’s virtually no downtime once the turf is installed, so you can keep practicing all year long (weather permitting).

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT TYPE OF TURF

We offer grass systems customized to your application. Our golf greens are constructed to look and play like regular turf; the design of the product behaves like a naturally rolled putting green. It's the same with our tee surfaces and fairway/ fringe material; as they soak up shock and behave exactly like natural club to ground interactions. Here are some other elements to take into account when trying to select synthetic turf.

BACKYARD GOLF AREA OR COMMERCIAL LOCATION?

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

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU WANT TO PRACTICE?

The skills you desire to work on will hugely affect which green will be the ideal pick. Are you interested in a putting surface? Driving range? How about a chipping area? Bunker escapes? We have a variety of turf looks, lengths, and colors to accommodate your needs.

WHICH USEFUL TRAITS DO YOU NEED?

Do you want conventional synthetic grass to flank the golf greens? How about installing a tee box? Will there be any trees or live plants around that the turf will need 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 highly suggest you leave in the hands of pros. Some do-it-yourself projects end up being more problems than their worth, plus you can face issues early on, like edges peeling up, lumps showing up in the grass - the list goes on. Here’s a quick list of what setting up synthetic grass looks like.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

A turf pro should visit your location view the site where you’d like to put your artificial golf turf. They can guide you on what type of excavating will required to be done, which green is a good pick, and what your investment estimate will be.

AGGREGATE LAYER

First, any natural grass is eradicated, and the soil is leveled. Then a base of crushed aggregate will be moistened and molded to form specific characteristics like breaks and bunkers. This aggregate is generally consist of crushed stone.

CUSHION PADDING (select projects)

After the aggregate layer is installed and leveled, a cushion padding is added. Cushion is added to improve playability and provide added shock absorption or deflection. Pad is added based on the application and wanted outcomes.

TURF SURFACE

Once your aggregate and cushion are done, the turf surface is added. The turf is created from top-notch polypropylene and shaped to look like real grass.

INFILL

After turf surface installation comes the turf infill. The best infill will be a mix of fine-coated silica sand to give the artificial turf weight and that real feel. If you’re going for a cooling technology like HydroChill®, it is added to the infill before the infill is applied to the green.

STYLING

The final stage of the installation process is brushing or rolling. This is what causes the best grass effect on a putting green or the lush appearance 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 deeper understanding.

 
 

WHAT DO PRO GOLFERS THINK?

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


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We hope this article has been beneficial if you’ve been taking into account artificial golf grass. When you’re prepared to know your estimate, our team of professionals is here to guide you. You can book a slot for a free consultation by connecting with us.

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