Build Your Own Putting Green
in Your Backyard

10 Easy Steps to Build Your Own Putting Green

Enhance your golf game, make your house more appealing to future buyers and become the envy of all your friends by revealing to them a unique putting green in your own back garden.

Although it may sound like a distant fantasy to build your own putting green in your back yard, actually it is a lot easier than it sounds.

It may be tempting to use real turf but people who have mastered this already will tell you that synthetic turf is much easier to maintain and also provides a smooth, flawless surface for the ball to roll across.

Plus, synthetic turf has impressive longevity and lasts well even in extreme weather.

Here are 10 easy steps to help you build your own putting green:

1.Select an appropriate size for your putting green and also consider what shape you want it to be. You will need to decide on the number of holes too. Bear in mind that seams are not needed for an area 12 to 15 feet square or less

2.Choose a smooth and level setting that you know is not likely to get waterlogged then remove any garden features that are likely to obstruct the game

3.Grab a piece of chalk or garden paint and mark out the chosen area for your putting green

4.You will need to remove approximately 4 inches of ground for the green to be created. Once removed, smooth over to ensure the location is kept flat or with a slight slope if you're planning on a challenging course!

5.Next, pour in gravel chips until the empty space is filled. Use garden tools to keep the area tight and smooth. This step helps with maintenance and means your green won`t get waterlogged

6.Finish with a covering of limestone or another similar material over the gravel and smooth down to ensure it is spread and compressed

7.Use a small spade or trowel to remove the ground and make room for the ball sockets. Next, use fast drying concrete to stabilize the sockets making sure that they are level and there aren't any bumps or lumps

8.Place your putting green over the base you just created then use sod staples to lock it into position

9.Your putting green now needs to be brushed with a push broom so that the materials look realistic and acts like real grass. Next, cover the green with sand so that the materials are efficient for balls to travel across. You needn't use just conventional yellow sand as you can also pick up other colors for a professional finish.

10. The finishing touch is to manually feel along the turf for the holes you originally cut out. Now you need to mark an 'X' into each hole with a sharp instrument and score along the inside with garden shears

It really is that simple and if you add up how much all those rounds of golf are costing you after work and at the weekend, you'll be saving a significant amount.

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