How Much Does an Artificial Golf Putting Green Cost?
In recent times, installing your own artificial grass putting green has become increasingly popular.
For avid golfers, there’s nothing quite like being able to step out of your back door and hone your putting skills at the drop of a hat.
Artificial putting greens are becoming increasingly valuable, particularly in 2020, when we are finding ourselves being restricted in what we can do. Well, having your own putting green gives you back that freedom and it’s a great way to get some practise in and have some fun.
One of the major benefits of an artificial putting green rather than a real grass putting green is that it requires very little maintenance, and you can play on it all year round without the surface becoming muddy and waterlogged.
If the benefits of installing a putting green appeal to you then you’re probably wondering how much it might cost to have one installed. Well, if that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place, as in today’s blog we will be discussing exactly that.
So, how much will it cost? The short answer is that it depends. And it depends because there are several variables that can affect the cost of installing an artificial grass putting green. Let’s take a closer look.
Will you hire a professional installer or do-it-yourself?
Of course, the most cost-effective way to get your own home artificial grass putting green is to install it yourself.
That way, you’ll save on any labour costs that a professional would be charging.
Sometimes, however, you may find that you don’t save quite as much money as you thought you would. That’s because professional installers will often be able to source materials at more cost-effective prices than the average DIYer, mainly due to the regular bulk quantities that they will be purchasing.
Also, as a DIYer, you will likely need to either purchase or hire specialist artificial grass tools that are needed to carry out an installation.
Of course, another advantage of using a professional installer is that they know exactly what they are doing. Cutting artificial putting grass is a delicate process and one slip of the untrained knife may ruin the grass, or worse, you could injure yourself!
What may take a DIYer several weekends of stress and sacrifice could be achieved in as little as a day by a professionally trained installer.
So, it is always worth at least obtaining quotes from professional installers. A good place to start would be contacting your nearest NeoGrass Approved Installer.
What quality of artificial putting green will you choose?
Another important thing that can have a big impact on price is the type of putting green grass that you choose.
We would always recommend that you choose the best quality that you can afford. With fake turf, like anything, you get what you pay for, and choosing the best quality grass will represent the best long-term investment as it will outlast poor-quality putting grass.
Artificial putting grass can vary in price from as low as around £10 per square metre up to £40 and beyond.
It is, of course, always advisable to obtain samples from your chosen supplier before going ahead and placing an order, so that you can check the quality and appearance of the grass before parting with your cash.
How much work is involved with the installation?
It goes without saying that a huge part of this depends upon the size of the area you are considering converting into an artificial putting green.
As a general rule of thumb, the larger the area, the cheaper it is to install per square metre, regardless of whether you are using a professional or installing it yourself.
But there are many other aspects that affect how much longer an installation will take besides the size of the area, such as:
- How much excavation is required? – we recommend a minimum sub-base depth of 75mm (allowing for 50mm type 1 sub–base, followed by a 25mm laying course). That means you’ll need to excavate to 75mm below the finished height of your putting green. Depending upon the existing levels in your garden, this may only mean excavating 30–40mm to remove the existing turf, but if you’re looking to install your putting green at a lower level than your existing lawn, then you may need to excavate more earth to achieve your level. The more excavation is needed, the more time it takes, and the more it costs to dispose of the waste.
- How good is access? – you’ll need to cart earth out of your garden and bring in aggregates to form your sub-base. The easier it is to access your garden, the quicker the installation process will be. Worst case, you may need a wheelbarrow run through your house; best case, your garden can be accessed by a HIAB crane, allowing aggregates to be dropped straight onto your lawn area. Either way, access can have a big impact on time, cost and work needed.
- Will you need joins? – it’s quite possible to join more than one roll of artificial putting green turf together or, if you are extra adventurous, you may wish to join putting green grass with a longer-piled turf to allow for chipping, too. Joins require joining tape, and adhesive, supplied in 10kg or 5kg tubs or 330ml tubes, and, of course, additional time.
- The equipment you have at your disposal – if you’re opting to use a professional, then they’ll have all of the necessary equipment to do the job, so this won’t be a concern for you. But if you’re installing the putting green yourself, you’ll need to factor in the cost of purchasing the required tools and equipment. Some items, such as a retractable knife and spare blades, you may already have, and other types of equipment, such as a carpet-stretcher, would be a useful tool to invest in, too. (For a complete list of tools needed to install artificial grass, click here.) In the case of the more expensive items of equipment, such as a vibrating plate compactor or turf cutter, you’ll probably want to hire those in for the day, so these costs will also need to be factored in.
- Regional price variations – material and waste disposal costs vary throughout the UK and the only way to get a better understanding of the costs involved is to contact local suppliers to find out things like skip hire fees and aggregates costs.
So, how do you calculate the cost of installing an artificial golf putting green?
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of just some of the variables that can affect the cost of installing an artificial putting green. You’ll firstly need to decide whether to hire a professional to install your green or to install it yourself. If in doubt, follow the steps below for both options and compare the costs.
If you’re opting for the professional installation option, we’d recommend starting with contacting your nearest installers. Even if you’re just exploring the options and don’t want to commit to anything, many installers will be more than happy to discuss potential costs over the phone, without the need to visit your property.
For DIYers, we’d recommend that you:
- Firstly, check out our ‘How to Install Artificial Grass’ guide and our top tips for installing an artificial putting green to find out what is involved.
- Then, use our online calculators to work out the quantities of materials you’ll need. We would recommend calling your local builders’ merchants to obtain prices on the necessary aggregates. Don’t forget to allow for waste disposal costs, such as hiring a skip or grab lorry, too.
Many of the required materials, including weed membrane, joining tape and adhesive, edge restraints, kiln-dried sand and, most importantly, the putting green grass, can be purchased on the NeoGrass website.
- Next, take a look at our installation tools guide and work out what you may need to buy and what you may need to hire.
- Finally, combine the material, waste disposal, and tool purchase and hire costs, to give you your grand total.
It may be worth comparing costs with a professional installer to gauge the cost savings of a DIY installation, and more importantly, whether you think the time involved is worth it.
But don’t forget to consider the satisfaction that designing and installing your very own artificial golf putting green, which will provide many hours of enjoyment and impress your friends and family, will give you!
Installing a putting green in your garden is a great investment in your property. Being able to hone your golfing skills at the drop of a hat will pay dividends in lowering your scores on the course and is a great way to relax and entertain guests during your spare time.
If you’re inspired to install your own artificial golf putting green, then a good place to start would be to request your free NeoPutt sample, here.
If you are thinking of using a professional artificial putting green installer, then why not get in contact with your nearest NeoGrass Approved Installer? These certified installers have the skills and experience needed to transform any outdoor space with artificial turf and take care of the entire installation process from start to finish.