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FAQ: We have assembled some of the most common questions our customers ask about synthetic putting greens.  We believe our customers should have every question answered to their satisfaction, so our FAQ section is rather large.  The questions are catalogued by topic for your convenience.  Please feel free to contact us to ask any of your questions that are not answered here.

Turf Selection/Differences
Does a synthetic green putt like a natural green?
Does a synthetic golf green "hold" the ball like a natural green?
Can the speed of a synthetic putting green be changed?
Can synthetic greens be installed indoors?
What will damage a synthetic green?
 
Installation
Can synthetic greens be installed in any climate?
Is there a minimum or maximum size for a synthetic green?
Can I install a synthetic green myself?
Can the holes be moved on a synthetic green?
How does the playing season of a synthetic green compare to a natural green?
How long does it take to install a synthetic green?
Why is sand fill necessary?
What are the drainage considerations for a synthetic green?
Is there a limitation on the shape of a synthetic green?
What is the average size of a synthetic home putting green?
Can tiers be put in a synthetic backyard green?
Do you use concrete bases?
What holds a synthetic green down so it does not blow away?
What maintenance is required for a synthetic green?
How long will a synthetic green last?
 
Cost
What will my synthetic green cost?
What will be the cost to maintain it?
Will my green be subject to property taxes?
 
Amenities (Bunkers, Tee Boxes, Hitting Cages, Etc.)
Can a bunker be installed anywhere?
Is there an advantage to a tee box over a range mat?
How big are hitting cages?
What is the difference between #21 and #15 nylon netting?
What other products do you offer for golf?
 
Playground Turf
Can your playground turf be installed anywhere?
What sizes are available?
Will the playground turf cause problems with water run-off?
Are there any other uses for the playground turf?
 
 

Turf Selection/Differences

Does a synthetic green putt like a natural green? Yes, the same slopes and undulations found in natural greens can be built into synthetic greens. Also, synthetic greens will putt at the same speed as well cared for natural bent grass greens.  This is the reason many PGA TOUR Pros have opted for synthetic greens at their homes.   BACK

Does a synthetic green "hold" the ball like a natural green? Yes, the ball will react like a natural green with some turfs better than others for holding the ball. But, you must remember the average green in the United States is over 5000 square feet. Since residential greens are much smaller, your expectations have to be realistic. It would be difficult to hold a ball from 150 yards on a 15-foot by 12-foot green if it were synthetic or natural. BACK

Can the speed of a synthetic green be changed? Yes, since the speed of a synthetic green is determined by the amount of sand fill, the speed of the green can be varied as much as the amount of sand fill can be varied. BACK

Can synthetic greens be installed indoors? Yes and we have some turfs for putting that have rubber backing and require no sand fill for indoor use. We presume you will not be chipping indoors. Therefore, these turfs are for putting only. BACK

What will damage a synthetic green? Since nylon and polypropylene are both synthetic, they will melt. They will never be damaged by any climactic condition they will see, but a burning match or a dropped cigarette or cigar butt will damage the green. As a precaution, solvents should not be used on the turf. BACK

Installation

Can synthetic greens be installed in any climate? Synthetic greens can and have been installed from the arctic to the tropics. The turf is not affected by weather conditions. BACK

Is there a minimum or maximum size for a synthetic green? The turf itself has no limitations. The only limitations are space and budget. To reduce installation waste, the width of the turf, should always be considered in determining the size. However, any number of pieces can be seamed together to make any size. BACK

Can the holes be moved on a synthetic green? In a practical sense, no. No matter how the old hole is covered, it will affect the roll of the ball to some degree. If this is not a concern to the owner, the holes may be moved.  BACK

What maintenance is required for a synthetic green? Debris such as branches, twigs, pine needles, and leaves must be removed. A broom, blower, or power broom will usually do the job. The polypropylene turfs will also require monthly raking, brushing, and rolling due to the high level of sand fill.  BACK

How long will a synthetic green last? The nylon turfs have a ten-year pro-rated warranty against fading from exposure to sun. The polypropylene turfs carry the same warranty for six years. We build the base to last 15 to 20 years because we expect the green to be playable well beyond the warranty period. BACK

Can I install a synthetic green myself? If the green is small enough, you do not mind hard work, and you are precise in your work, the answer is "yes." Once the green gets large enough to require seams, installing it yourself is not recommended.  BACK

How long does it take to install a synthetic green? A small green, of around 300 square feet, can be completed in a day by experienced installers. Greens up to 2000 square feet can be installed in around five working days depending on the complexity.  BACK

How does the playing season of a synthetic green compare to a natural green? Depending on the climate where you live, the playing season is longer with synthetic turf. It does not go dormant in cold weather and it is not damaged by ice as grass is. Also, in the spring, it is ready to play weeks before grass because all it has to do is dry out. BACK

Why is sand fill necessary? Sand fill makes the synthetic turf putt with the speed of natural grass. Without sand fill, the nylon turfs will stimp to about a seven. With the sand fill applied, the nylons will stimp to a 9 to 10 which is closer to most golf courses. This is done by the sand fill making the fibers stand up straighter so there is less drag on the ball. Without sand fill, you could not putt on the polypropylene turfs because the drag is so great.  BACK

What are the drainage considerations for a synthetic green? The green must be sloped so that water does not run across it and so that rain that falls on the green will run off. Water does not penetrate through the turf, so it must be allowed to drain off the turf. This usually means the green is slightly elevated in the yard, which enhances its appearance as a real golf green.  BACK

 Is there a limitation on the shape of a synthetic green? No, the turf can be trimmed to any shape, but you must remember some designs cause more waste than others. We offer the classic kidney, keyhole, clover, oval, and hourglass designs as well as no design at all.  BACK

What is the average size of a synthetic home putting green? The average size of a residential putting green is 650 square feet. However, the range of sizes that go into determining the average is very large. We have installed greens from 300 to over 2000 square feet. BACK

Can tiers be put in a synthetic backyard green? Yes, but the green has to be large enough to allow the tier to play like a golf green. If you put a four-inch tier in a 100 square foot green, you have essentially made a miniature golf hole, which is not our goal. A synthetic green should be at least 1000 square feet to have a noticeable tier installed in it.  BACK

Do you use concrete bases? In general, no. The reason for this is that golf is not played on concrete. Our goal is to design realistic practice facilities that approximate golf course conditions so players will improve their game and enjoy the sport more. This negates the use of concrete except in very unusual circumstances.  BACK

What holds a synthetic green down so it does not blow away? The sand fill provides sufficient weight to hold the green down. A 650 square foot green with 2 pounds of sand per square foot will have over one-half of a ton of sand on it. Additionally, if requested by a customer, we will install landscape staples around the perimeter. However, these rust and may become dangerous over time.  BACK

Cost

What will my synthetic green cost?  By going to our Putting Green section, you can see the various prices for the many turfs we have.  A visit to the Shape & Size section will give you an idea of what can be done with a certain amount of turf.  Added to the cost of the turf will be sales tax, if applicable, freight charges, cost of accessories, and the cost of installation. BACK

What will be the cost to maintain it?  If you already have a lawn blower or vacuum, your cost to maintain a nylon green will be the few minutes it takes to blow leaves and debris off the green.  If you have a large green with many trees near it, you may consider investing in a Shindaiwa PowerBroom.  This machine does an excellent job cleaning off a green.  If you purchase a polypropylene green, you will be faced with the cost of raking, brushing, and rolling your green.  On average this would have to be done monthly, however maintenance may be required more or less frequently depending on how heavily the green is used and what the weather conditions have been. BACK

Will my green be subject to property taxes?  Currently, the installation of a putting green is considered a landscaping enhancement that is not taxed in most localities.  However, to be sure, you should check with your local Building Department or Board of Assessors. BACK

Amenities (Bunkers, Tee Boxes, Hitting Cages, Etc.)

Can a bunker be installed anywhere?  No, placement of a bunker must be done with caution or it can become a maintenance nightmare.  A bunker will always require more maintenance than a putting green, however there are some things that will keep bunker maintenance to a minimum.  It is imperative that the bunker has good drainage.  If the area where the bunker is going has poor drainage then a drainage system has to be installed.  Also, the bunker should be placed where it is not going to fill up with leaves. BACK

Is there an advantage to a tee box over a range mat?  Yes, our tee boxes use two inch turf that is top-dressed so about an inch of turf is exposed.  This gives you the option of hitting the ball right off the turf like a fairway or you can tee the ball up on a regular wooden tee.  With a range mat, you will have to use a rubber tee. BACK

How big are hitting cages?  All of our hitting cages are ten feet high and ten feet deep.  This allows players well  over six feet to take full swings.  For width, you have a choice of ten feet wide or sixteen feet wide. BACK

What is the difference between #21 and #15 nylon netting?  #21 netting is more than 60% stronger than #15 netting.  It has a breaking strength of 241 pounds per strand versus 144 pounds for #15 netting.  Breaking strength translates into durability and life expectancy for a net.  BACK

What other products do you offer for golf?  We have the complete line of course amenities like ball washers, benches, tee markers, signs, and just about anything else that can be found at a golf course. BACK

Playground Turf

Can your playground turf be installed anywhere?  The playground turf requires a base.  The base may be sand, mulch, wood chips, shredded rubber, or other materials.  It should not be installed over concrete or other hard surface for play areas.  For landscaping purposes, it can be installed over almost anything. BACK

What sizes are available?  The turf is fifteen feet wide and it is available in lengths up to one hundred feet.  The turf can be trimmed to fit any size or shape area. . BACK

Will the playground turf cause problems with water run-off?  No, the playground turf is perforated so water drains through it into the base.  This makes it ready for use soon after a rainstorm. . BACK

Are there any other uses for the playground turf?  Yes, this turf has many landscape uses.  It can be used as a synthetic lawn or on hills and in dense shade where it is difficult or impossible to maintain grass.  It is also useful in medians or traffic islands where it is dangerous to maintain grass.  On special order, it is available in blue to be used on pool decks because it will not build up heat like concrete does. . BACK

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