Lawn + Garden Projects
DIY Putting Green
BLACK+DECKER B+D Contributor 193 Projects
Serious golfers often say they “drive for show and putt for dough,” and most of them practice putting at every opportunity. For these folks, a backyard putting green is the very definition of luxury.
Natural grass putting greens offer the ultimate in luxurious golf environments at home, but they require special breeds of grass and very specialized maintenance that very few people have the time or equipment to provide. But if you are willing to forego the smell of the fresh-cut Bermuda grass and the feel of a well-tended green underfoot, you’ll find that there are a number of artificial putting green options that offer a chance to hone your putting stroke.The panels and turf we used for this project are available from backyard-putting-greens.com. The system is easy to install and produces a good practice surface—a fine combination when it comes to putting greens.
Backyard putting greens give golfers a whole new way to have fun and perfect their game. Special kits, including panels and artificial turf, make building one an easy weekend project.
Designing a Backyard Putting Green
Choose an above-ground green for seasonal use or even to use indoors. They lack a bit of authenticity, but they are very convenient.
Kit accessories, such as pins and edge liners, give a backyard putting green a more genuine flavor. A chipping mat can be positioned around the green to let you work on your close-in short game without destroying your yard.
Artificial turf comes in an array of styles and lengths. Lower nap products, like the two samples to the left, are best for putting greens.