Sunday, October 29, 2006, 05:48 PM - Misc.Always wanted a backyard golf green in Miami? Artificial putting greens are just like the real thing you'll find at any course in West Palm Beach
There is nothing ‘artificial' about artificial putting greens anymore. You are going to have to completely reprogram your view of what it really means to have a backyard golf green at your home. Artificial putting greens are not your run-of-the-mill, cheap outdoor deck covering. This can now be a part of your landscape, and you can practice your putting and chipping on greens that can be described in no better way than to say - just like the real thing!
The research has been done, and the surface and construction of artificial putting greens has been refined to the point where you may not be able to tell the difference between the real bent grass at your local Broward golf club, and the backyard putting green you just installed. Here's why:
The artificial turf used for today's artificial putting greens has provided a surface that virtually duplicates the surface that you will find at any golf course. Each tuft of synthetic turf emerges from the surface of the carpet the same way that a sprig of grass would poke its way from the earth below.
The woven pattern of the artificial putting greens surface is similar to that of real grass. So, it not only provides the look of real grass, but it also offers the golfer the ‘feel' of a natural putting surface.
There is a crushed rock base underneath the synthetic turf that allows for contouring and sloping the putting green. The offers a ‘real green' feel and it also allows for excellent drainage and fantastic stability and support for the artificial putting greens surface.
Even the construction is similar to that of a real grass green. With the crushed rock base you can have all of the natural contours, slopes and speed that comes with a natural putting surface. In fact, you can even have your backyard putting green contoured in the same way as your favorite putting green. Now you don't have leave your Miami home to make a few practice putts and chips in your spare time. It acts like a real green, too.
If you want your ball to ‘hold' - artificial putting greens can do it. If you want the contours and speed of your favorite golf holes, then put together a custom design for your backyard golf green and make it a part of your exterior landscape. The advances in technology have taken year-round putting light years ahead of your local minigolf course. Now, you can have the real feel and the natural beauty - all in a synthetic grass surface.
Aside from the obvious convenience of having artificial putting greens in your backyard, the latest turf technology makes them more durable, longer-lasting, and playable year round. It is an all-weather surface that can be played on even when wet, but it doesn't need water at all - because it isn't real grass.
Sure, artificial putting greens are become more popular at golf courses across the country. In fact, the commercial opportunities for artificial putting greens are growing rapidly. It makes sense for clubs that can't operate year round on real grass, to offer their members the chance to practice their putting and chipping on 2,000 to 4,000 square foot synthetic greens.
This is especially true for practice greens and driving ranges that experience high traffic and use. Studies have shown after about five years, the total cost of maintenance and re-sodding natural grass equals or exceeds the total cost of an artificial turf green. On a cost-per-use basis, the benefits of synthetic turf look more compelling.
Natural turf greens require constant maintenance, overseeding, fertilizer, pesticides, aeration, weed treatment, and regular mowing and watering. There is also the investment in equipment, equipment maintenance and added labor costs to keep it all going. A synthetic grass tee line or putting green has little to no downtime so it is always available for use. When you add it all up, artificial turf putting greens and tee lines make a lot of sense.
Even though you can find artificial putting greens at your local golf club, it doesn't mean you can't take out the garden in the backyard to make way for your new artificial putting green. You too can enjoy the benefit of having the convenience and comfort of being able to walk out after a cup of coffee in the morning to practice your stroke for this weekend's match. Here's what you can expect from your artificial putting green:
Features of Artificial Grass Greens
Lifespan expected to be greater than 15 years
Most synthetic turf warranties are for 8 years
Just an occasional quick sweep - that's almost maintenance-free
Quick dry and playable even if it's wet
Resilient to traffic and wear - even from golf carts
Sloping, contouring and shaping available
Speed can be changed and adjusted by top dressing and rolling green
You can put it inside, too!
Integrity of playing quality does not diminish
Sold and made across North America
Natural grass look and feel for the duration of the artificial putting green
Holds the ball just like chipping on real turf
Pin placements can be changed and pre-set to change regularly
UV treated polypropylene - resilient to extreme temperature changes
The pros use it and so do some of the top clubs in the country. Artificial greens are not what they used to be - their construction is superior; the blades of grass are as close as they can be to natural, without being natural. The same approach seeding, shaping and providing a firm foundation is done when construction of your backyard golf green is underway.
No more putting into a glass on the living room carpet; no more shaving your real lawn down to create a ‘putting surface' - now you can have the benefit of a putting green in your own backyard. This truly is next-generation technology. This has far surpassed that vision of cheap outdoor carpet and replaced it with a product that provides golfers the luxury of having the ‘real-feel' of their favorite golf green an artificial putting green right outside their door.
Copyright © 2006 South West Greens of Florida. All Rights Reserved.
By: Santiago Caicedo
This article is provided by www.swgreens.com - Builders of the best artificial putting greens in Miami, Broward and Palm Beach.
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