With The Masters golf tournament starting in Augusta on April 9, and the world starting to come back to some kind of normalcy, the more than 24 million registered golfers in the US are looking forward to hitting the greens again.
There are a great number of health benefits to playing golf, and when you’re able to socialize out in the sunshine with your friends it’s easy to see the attraction.
The sport itself is big business in the US, and even has its own National Golf Day to celebrate the sport’s $84.1 billion industry.
The US boasts more than 15,000 courses, but despite this it sometimes isn’t as straightforward as imagined to try and get a round in – sometimes it might be a case of having to practice from home.
If perfecting your putt at home in the comfort of your own garden is your goal, what tools will you need? Artificial grass will definitely be one of them.
Step one – choose your grass:
So you want to create your own space at home. Where do you start?
There are a great number of types of grasses for a wide range of purposes. It’s durable and will last a long time if looked after, but when it comes to grass for sporting purposes it’s recommended you choose a specialist option – and when it comes to golf, you’ll probably need a couple of variants.
The tee is probably the most used part of a hole on any course, and repeated use can lead to fading and damage. When creating your practice area at home, using a grass made from nylon is essential.
Ordinary artificial grass contains polypropylene, which can melt through the heat of a club swing, leading to extra wear – not very practical.
The same is true of your putting green. Like the tee, a putting green can also take some punishment, so again it’s recommended to have a surface made of nylon.
With grass for a putting area, it’s also advisable to pay attention to the stimp speed – the rating measuring how fast the ball will run across the putting green.
Anything rated around seven is considered slow, whilst anything around 14 is considered to be very fast. Typically, a PGA course will have a stimp speed of around 12.
Step two – installation:
Depending on where you order from, it might be they have their own installation team. If so, it’s recommended to use their services. However, this might not be feasible for everyone.
When laying an artificial grass for golf preparation is key. It requires a smooth base to be laid on, but this is doubly important when laying grass for golf.
In short, it’s important to make sure the gradient contours blend with the rest of the base. If not, dips could form – making stroke-play a lot harder.
Step three – maintenance:
One of the benefits of using an artificial grass is that it doesn’t need to be watered or fertilized, meaning all that really needs to happen is a sweep of the surface.
Sometimes – but rarely – moss can form. Although unlikely, if this does happen you can simply remove it by hand.
By keeping your lawn free from debris, your lawn should offer you a long life of use.
Artificial grass is the perfect option for your back yard putting green. With no need to water, fertilize, or even mow, it makes for the ideal low-maintenance option.
No matter how frequently the grass gets used or trampled on, it will always spring back.
Boasting good drainage, you need not worry about the weather – you’ll be able to continue using it all year round, making the best return on your investment.