8 Artificial Golf Putting Green Installation Tips
Thinking of installing your own artificial grass putting green? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Today, we’re looking at eight artificial putting green installation tips to ensure your installation runs smoothly.
There are so many reasons why people are choosing to install artificial putting greens in their gardens. Being able to hone your putting skills in the comfort of your own home saves so much time and money. It’s also a great way to socialise and entertain family and friends.
Opting for artificial putting grass means that you can play all year round and it doesn’t require very much maintenance at all.
In addition, there are a few tricks of the trade that will not only speed up the installation process, but also hopefully prevent any avoidable mistakes. Here are our top tips to help you install the best artificial grass putting green.
1. Install Your Putting Green Cup Before Unrolling Your Turf
One of the most important features of any putting green is the holes themselves. These should be concreted into position BEFORE you unroll your putting turf.
You can use a ready-mix mortar or manually mix ballast and cement to form your concrete.
The cup should be surrounded in concrete, leaving a 2-3mm lip from the top of the cup. This lip will allow enough height to cover the backing material, whilst leaving the length of the pile proud of the edge of the cup, allowing the ball to roll in.
2. Ensure Your Putting Green Cups are Level
And while we’re talking about putting green cups, one of the biggest installation mistakes we’ve seen made is not ensuring that the putting cups are level.
We’d recommend using a boat level to ensure this is done correctly. Simply place the level on top of the cup and position it so that the bubble is in the centre, and then it can be secured into position using concrete.
3. Cutting in Your Putting Green Cups Should Be the Last Thing You Cut
It’s important to remember the approximate position of the holes before unrolling your turf, for easy location when it comes to cutting in your putting holes.
Cutting in your putting green holes should be the last thing you cut. Why? Because if you haven’t quite positioned your turf correctly, or if you make a mistake cutting in the perimeter, moving your turf to adjust it will mean that you’re left with a hole in your turf in a place where you don’t want it!
By cutting in the perimeter first, you have the option to potentially shift the turf and give yourself another attempt at cutting. It is possible to repair holes cut in the middle of your putting green but, for a first-timer, it can be difficult to make the repair invisible.
Once you are happy with the perimeter, you can locate the holes by tapping in the approximate location and listening for a hollow sound. Test you have found the hole by piercing the turf with a small incision and if you don’t hit anything solid you know you’ve found the hole. The turf can be easily removed by using the plastic cup as a cutting guide.
BONUS TIP: Keep the offcut and place it at the bottom of the hole; this will prevent sand infill falling to the bottom of the cup, and you can also remove the offcut for easy cleaning.
4. Allow Your Artificial Putting Grass Time to Acclimatise
This may seem like a strange thing to do, but it’s actually an important part of the installation process.
What exactly does it mean? In simple terms, it means you unroll your grass and leave it.
We recommend that you allow around 24 hours for your turf to ‘acclimatise’. This acclimatisation period allows the backing on the turf to ‘relax’ a little and makes positioning and cutting your grass easier.
Artificial grass is supplied and transported in rolls, either 2m or 4m in width. The grass is wrapped tightly on the roll and, as the backing material has a memory-like quality, when you first unroll your turf it may have creases and ripples running through it from the time it spent rolled up. The acclimatisation process gives the backing material time to settle down and the creases and ripples will start to disappear. This means it will be easier to achieve a crease-free finish to your putting green.
5. Always use a Sharp Knife
When fitting your artificial putting grass, you need to be very careful to ensure that you cut it correctly. One slip of the knife could potentially spoil your installation.
When cutting artificial grass, we recommend that you use a Stanley knife – and the blades will need to be sharp. Most artificial putting grass has a tough latex backing which can be difficult to cut through, particularly with a blunt knife. Don’t be afraid to keep replacing your cutting blade to ensure you always have a sharp knife.
We’d also recommend that you experiment both with flat and hooked blades. Hooked blades are designed specifically for cutting flooring materials and you may find your putting turf is easier to cut with one.
Either way, ensuring you have a good quality sharp blade secured in your retractable knife at all times will help you cut your fake grass quickly and accurately.
6. Ensure the Edges of Putting Green Grass Are Secure
The last thing you want is be tripping up on the edges of your turf. So, it makes sense to ensure the edges are properly secure.
Whichever method you opt for, you’ll need to ensure that the edges of your grass have been fixed down correctly. In the case of timber and plastic lumber, this will likely mean using galvanized nails, spaced roughly 20cm apart. Other forms of edging may require the use of adhesive such as Aquabond, which can easily be applied using a gun applicator. Either way, don’t forget to ensure the perimeter of your putting green is secured.
For more information on edge restraints, please see ‘6 Types of Edging System for Artificial Grass‘.
7. Use Plenty of Kiln-Dried Sand Infill
We’ve always praised the merits of using a kiln-dried sand infill on all artificial grass applications; however, we recommend it even more with artificial putting green turf.
We’d recommend filling your putting green turf with as much sand as you can get in, leaving just the tips of the yarn visible. Depending on the pile length of your turf, this could normally be anything from 2kg to 4kg per square metre.
Apart from aiding drainage, adding ballast to prevent creases and ripples, helping to keep your grass cool during the summer, and increasing the lifespan of your putting grass, silica sand infill also helps to ensure a smooth and consistent ball roll.
8. Hire a Mechanical Brush
Whilst we are on the subject of applying kiln-dried sand, we’d highly recommend that you hire a mechanical power brush to aid in the installation.
Due to the dense pile of many artificial putting grasses (NeoPutt has over 80,000 stitches per square metre), it can be difficult to work the sand to the bottom of the pile.
It’s important that the sand sits at the bottom of the pile in order for it to be fully effective and prevent it from naturally settling over time.
Using a mechanical brush will speed up the installation process.
If you can’t hire a mechanical brush, the next best thing is to buy an artificial grass rake. It will make the process a little longer and take a bit more elbow grease, but it will achieve the same result, nonetheless.
So, there you have it, eight tips to help you install your own artificial putting turf.
The installation process needn’t be tricky, as long as you follow the advice laid out here and abide by our basic installation procedures. Hopefully some of these tips and tricks will ensure your installation runs without a hitch.
Is there any specific installation advice that you are still unsure of? Have we missed out anything important? Then let us know by leaving us a comment below as we would be more than happy to help you with anything artificial grass-related.
If you would prefer to speak to our friendly team, then you can email us, or call us on 01245 931200 for a chat. Our expert advisers are on hand to help!
Don’t forget, if you haven’t purchased your putting grass yet, you can also request your free NeoPutt sample here. NeoPutt has an industry-leading pile density and is the perfect high-quality putting grass that will completely transform your garden whilst providing hours and hours of putting fun!
Good luck with your installation!