Golf is a hugely popular recreational activity for both amateurs and enthusiasts. More and more people are looking to up their game or find something relaxing, but still quite challenging to do. However, it can be almost a daily battle to even find time to make it to nearby golf putting greens for some practice or probably a game or two. For this reason, more and more homeowners are looking into building their own office or backyard putting green for convenience and accessibility.
Things to Consider in a DIY Putting Green
Creating your very own practice and gaming facility out back may look simple but it actually involves a lot of processes and factors that need deep consideration, such as:
- Soil – Any soil can be a thriving ground for grass but it is highly recommended to have the sandy loam type to encourage effective water drainage.
- Grass – Bentgrass and Bermuda are the most ideal but you still need to find out which would be most appropriate based on your location.
- Exact Location in the Backyard – Unless you have a level ground all throughout your property, backyard putting greens will be a breeze to build. However, for those with high and lows, it is better to choose an area that is quite on the higher side to discourage poor drainage.
- Backyard Area – It would be fun to have more than one holes but don’t push it if your yard could not accommodate it.
How to Build a Putting Green
The process of building a putting green on your backyard may vary based on the factors mentioned above. In summary, here are the basic things you must do:
- Choose the exact location on your backyard and test the soil. You can do this by digging a 2-feet hole and filling it with water. The faster the water drains (somewhere within 12 hours), the better it is in draining.
- Prepare the soil by removing old sod, rocks, and loosening the soil. If you need to create a border or edge, you can line it up with rocks to prevent the putting green from spreading all throughout the backyard.
- Plant your putting green grass seeds and water it heavily since a newly-tilled soil will be very thirsty for moisture.
- Use the appropriate fertilizer to make your grass grow. It would be germinating effectively in 10 days.
- Allow the grass to overgrow so it would be all even once you mow it.
- Choose the location for your putting hole and plant a putting green flag to indicate its location.
DIY Putting Green vs. Professional Installation
A DIY installation is becoming such a hot trend nowadays but if you want to make sure that your putting green is as effective and accurate as it could be, it is highly recommended to have a professional plan and install it for you. Not only will you be able to save precious time and energy, you get to use that time and energy on more important things, like improving your golf stance and your game.