Building backyard putting Green
Every budding Greg Norman knows you drive for show and putt for dough, so it makes sense to spend time putting in putting practice. And what better place to do this than in your backyard, with your own personalised green? It requires only basic tools and materials and, by using synthetic turf, you cut out all the issues involved with maintaining real turf – leaving you more time to improve your skills. Time to sink that putt!
Gather your supplies
- Synthetic grass
- Set-out paint
- Vibrating-plate compactor
You'll also need
Road base; crusher dust; golf cups; golf flagsticks; garden hose or long piece of rope; weed-mat pins or similar; utility knife; landscape rake or soil spreader; mulch; plants; turf; lump hammer; shovel; wheelbarrow; sand; weed mat; garden mix soil; motorised turf cutter (optional); post-hole digger (optional)
- Decide where you will position your putting green and roll out synthetic grass. With set-out paint, mark corner points and roll the grass back up, or set it aside if you have room. Then, join the corners to mark out entire area.
- Remove existing lawn inside set-out area. This part of the job doesn’t have to be perfect as the green will smother the grass. For a large green, you may want to hire a turf cutter; for a small area, you can simply chip the lawn out with a rake and hoe, or a mattock.
- Using a piece of rope or hose, decide on the shape of your green. We went for a stylish kidney design. Once you’re happy with the shape, mark it out using set-out paint. We included a teardrop-shaped bunker for an extra challenge. This bunker will be excavated to about 300mm, lined with a weed mat and filled with sand.
- The next step is to add road base. This is coarser than the crusher dust that will be used as a finishing layer. Add the bulk of road base and use a rake or spreader to level out. Aim to fill all hollows and make the area reasonably level.
- Use the vibrating-plate compactor to compact and further level your putting green. You may wish to introduce a few contours at this stage.
- Now add the crusher dust and spread it. It is finer and easier to smooth down than the road base. If you wish to add any finishing contours, mound the crusher dust where desired.
- Use the compactor to bring your crusher dust to the finished form.
- Dig your holes and position cups. A post-hole digger is ideal for making a neat hole. We positioned a cup at each end of the green to double the putting pleasure.
- If needed, spread final layer of crusher dust to make area perfectly smooth.
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