Putting Green Design And Construction A Brief Guide

Putting Green Design And Construction A Brief Guide



This article will provide a general guide on how to and what is needed in the construction of your personal putting green. It is split into sections, each section representing one stage of the design and build of the green.

Design the shape and layout

The initial step to take when building your own putting green, is to design it. This will involve deciding on the overall size of the green, its shape, and where you wish to position the holes.

Locate the ideal ground

With our design in hand, we now need to locate an area of ground that will be acceptable for our putting green. It needs to be a flat area of ground, or an area of ground that could be made flat with little effort.

Prepare the land


Next, we have to clear the ground of any obstruction, therefore leaving the grass and underlying turf to manage in a later stage.

Sketch out the putting green’s shape

We now need to employ a means to mark out the shape of the putting green. This is achieved by employing a paint spray can on the grass, or another marking medium that gives the desired clear result.

Top soil and grass removal

The grass and top soil that currently lies within the putting green area will need to be removed. To do this you will need to cut 4 ins deep and remove that grass and soil.

Drainage system installation

With the unwanted top layer taking away we now need to implement some kind of drainage system. Plainly, this being a small sized putting green for individual use in your own home, it will not be essential to install the type of drainage system that exists on golf courses. For the home putting green, all that is needed, is a layer of gravel that has been crushed until it is smooth. With the pulverised gravel in place we now need to apply a layer of stone dust and limestone. Note that if your selected area is below sea level then you will need a particular and very costly drainage system as this simple system won’t suffice.

Besides ensuring a decent level of drainage, this combining of materials and the compacting of the materials, will also create a nice and firm and robust surface that will be in a position to handle the numerous footfalls that it must endure during its lifetime.

The putting green’s holes

The putting green uses cups for the holes, and we now need to dig out the holes based on their position in the original design. Once the holes have been dug we need to secure the cups, and this is achieved by using concrete. The concrete will secure the cups in place.

The final stage – laying the green

Now we are ready for the last stage, the laying of the green itself. As soon as the green has been laid out, it needs to be secured. This securing is done using sod staples. Note that you don’t have to use real turf, especially for a home putting green, as synthetic ones have shown to be very popular and lend to a lot less maintenance. If you want to take the elementary maintenance route than just search out your nearest synthetic grass dealer.

So, there we have it. The numerous stages of putting green construction in brief, from the initial design and selecting the land, to ground preparation, and laying the green itself. A more detailed article for each of the above stages or combination of if there is insufficient material for just one of the stages, will be posted in due time.

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