One of the last steps in the beach house remodel was installing a backyard putting green for all of the serious golfers in our family.
And maybe the not-so-serious golfers like me! Our backyard is very tiny and in the nine years we owned this house before the remodel, we never used it. So we decided to take advantage of the soothing sound of ocean waves in the background and add a small backyard putting green with options for chipping.
Creating a backyard putting green is a golfer’s dream come true, allowing you to practice your putting skills and enjoy the game you love without leaving the comfort of your beachside retreat.
I thought it might be fun if I shared the steps of installing a backyard putting green that will turn a small space at your home into a golfer’s paradise.
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Step 1: Planning and Designing Your Putting Green
Before you break ground, take the time to carefully plan and design your putting green. Assess the available space in your backyard and choose the ideal location for your green. Consider factors such as sunlight exposure, drainage, and the overall layout.
Do you want a compact putting green or a larger, more elaborate design? Look for inspiration online and gather ideas for the shape and design that appeals to you.
Keep in mind your skill level, available resources, and the size of your backyard when making decisions about the size and complexity of your green.
Step 2: Preparing the Ground
Once you’ve settled on the design of your putting green, it’s time to prepare the ground. Begin by clearing the designated area of any debris, rocks, or vegetation. You want a clean canvas to work with. Next, ensure the ground is level and free of bumps or uneven surfaces.
A smooth, even surface is crucial for a proper putting experience. Consider using a compactor or roller to compact the soil and create a solid foundation. If necessary, address any drainage issues by incorporating slopes or installing a drainage system to prevent water buildup on your green.
My husband spent hours and hours in our backyard to determine the location of the holes, the slope, and a lot more. One day I saw him rolling balls along the dirt surface in the backyard. I am not sure exactly what he was doing but I think it had to do with making the holes a little harder to play.
Step 3: Installing the Putting Green Surface
Now comes the exciting part which is installing the putting green surface. There are a few options to consider here, depending on your preferences and maintenance requirements.
Natural grass, synthetic turf, and modular putting green systems are all viable choices. If you opt for natural grass, prepare the soil by removing any remaining debris and leveling it properly. Choose the appropriate grass type for your climate and install it either by seeding or laying sod. If you choose synthetic turf, ensure precise measurements and cut the turf to fit your desired shape. Secure it to the ground using landscape staples or adhesive as recommended by the manufacturer. Modular putting green systems offer a convenient alternative, allowing you to assemble pre-made pieces to create your desired layout easily.
We chose to use turf because it was very low maintenance and needed no watering.
Step 4: Adding Putting Green Features
To make your putting green truly unique, consider adding additional features that mimic a real golf course. Sand traps, bunkers, and undulations can all be incorporated into your design, providing a more challenging and realistic experience. You may also want to consider creating synthetic turf fringe or rough areas that transition smoothly from the green.
My husband wanted the turf fringe (and yes, when he first mentioned it I had no idea what he was talking about). These areas can be used along with landscaping, rocks, or seating areas, adding to the aesthetics of your backyard oasis.
We finished off the course with cups and flags (which will soon say Pierpont Dunes) to mark the putting holes, completing the authentic golfing experience.
Step 5: Landscaping
Once we finished the putting green it was time to finish the landscaping. We did a drip system to the perimeter of the green and planted lots of lavender and low-maintenance plants.
One very odd thing happened. If you look to the right of this photo you can see one of the four volunteer tomato plants that appeared in our backyard! We have no idea what happened and I am thrilled.
The golfers? Not so much.
Step 6: Maintenance and Care
Once your backyard putting green is installed, it’s important to maintain and care for it properly. If you’ve opted for natural grass, regular maintenance tasks such as mowing, watering, and fertilizing will be necessary to ensure healthy growth.
Synthetic turf requires less maintenance but still needs occasional attention. Brush the turf to keep the fibers standing upright, and remove any debris that may accumulate. We like to use our electric blower to blow off the sand and keep the surface clean by clearing fallen leaves, branches, or other debris. Periodically add infill material if recommended by the manufacturer.
Regardless of the surface, be sure to monitor the drainage system and address any issues promptly to prevent water buildup. You might also consider professional maintenance services for long-term upkeep if needed.
By following these steps, you can transform your beach house into a golfer’s paradise with a backyard putting green.
Plan and design your green, prepare the ground meticulously, choose and install the appropriate putting green surface, and add features that enhance the authenticity of your design.
With regular maintenance and care, you’ll be able to enjoy endless hours of golfing fun right outside your beach house.
So grab your putter and get ready to improve your game while enjoying your yard.
Your very own backyard putting green awaits!
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