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Building a Putting Green at Home "Do It Yourself"

If you’re thinking of tackling it yourself, a National Greens "do it yourself synthetic grass" program may be the way for you. You provide the measurements and some photos and we'll provide you step by step custom drawings with instructions.  With our guidance, and your hard work, home owners and landscapers alike will succeed in the professional installation of putting greens, playgrounds, play areas, or lawns.

National Greens has developed an original "Do It Yourself" approach on how to build a putting green during our years as backyard putting green and artificial grass installers.  We have had evaluated its effectiveness and shown proven results that have withstood the test of time.  If you're looking for tips & instructions on how to build commercial or home putting greens with synthetic grass product, you've come to the right place! National Greens can supply everything you need to create your own one of a kind custom home putting green. Installation of a backyard putting green can take approximately 3 days for the first 500 Square Feet + an additional day for every additional 300 Square Feet.  Please know you should never attempt to build a putting green when the temperature is cooler than 50 degrees F.

If you are looking for an installer of commercial or home putting greens, feel free to visit our home page or our  contact us page and we will schedule you for a free installation estimate.   If you are unfamiliar with the construction steps below we recommend you have a licensed contractor who is experienced in the installation of synthetic home putting greens & familiar with local requirements/codes/ordinances perform the work.

Building your own putting green Installation Procedure

National Greens at home Putting Green:
Installation Measurement

Measure the length and width of the installation area.  Your artificial putting green must be installed with the grain facing the same direction, preferably facing the players perspective, this allows chips to be accepted correctly from distance. Determine the best way to utilize your sections of turf with the least amount of seaming.  Measure twice before ordering! Remember, you must purchase the grass in fixed 15 foot widths and you need to seam in the same direction.

National Greens at home Putting Green:
Installation Preparation

* Call your utility department in order to survey the installation area.  Be sure to obtain any required permits.
* If a sprinkler system exists, contact your irrigation company to have it capped and marked.
* Its smart to use sample pieces of synthetic turf to practice the seaming process. This is the most difficult step of the installation.
* Determine the amount of Crushed Granite you will need.
* One Ton will cover approximately 66 Square Feet, 3” deep
* One Yard will cover approximately 94 Square Feet, 3” deep
* It is important you use Crushed Granite – as opposed to other forms of crushed rock.  Using Crushed Granite for your artificial putting green installation will enable you to create the smoothest surface while allowing for proper compaction and grading.

Necessary supplies to include:

  1.   Seaming Tape
  2.   Sod Staples
  3.   Steel Nails
  4.   Framing Board
  5.   Plastic Stakes
  6.   Filter Fabric/Weed Barrier
  7.   Infill material
  8.   Obtain necessary tools to include:
  9.   Shovel
  10.   Trowel
  11.   Plate Compactor
  12.   Hand Tamper
  13.   Power Broom
  14.   Sod Cutter

National Greens at home Putting Green:
Base Preparation and Installation

* Frame your perimeter using plastic/bendable framing board.  Attach the framing board to 12” plastic stakes every 2’.

* Un-roll your artificial putting green out on a clean and flat surface. Allow your artificial putting green to lay in direct sunlight for 2 hours prior to installation.

* Gather all necessary tools.

* Prepare the project base.

* Remove 4 inches of soil in the installation area.  Sod cutters can be used to remove existing grass.  A square shovel can be used to perfect the corners and edges. Make sure the base allows for proper drainage, a 1% grade should be sufficient.  After the soil has been removed install the edging that you plan to use.

* Dampen the bare earth and compact it with a plate tamper.  If the bare earth is wet or has a clay concentration spread a thin layer of crushed stone over the entire surface before compacting. Install a weed fabric over the bare earth and trim as necessary, using sod staples to hold it in place.

* Begin distributing the crushed granite and spread it evenly over the installation area.  Use the back of a rake in a back and forth motion to level off the crushed granite.  Use the sod roller to even out the surface. Ensure that the crushed granite allows for proper drainage as mentioned above, while taking into consideration the grading you desire for your green.  The crushed granite must be spread evenly across the entire installation area.

* Start to dampen the crushed granite and begin making passes with the plate tamper/compactor.  Make as many passes as necessary to create a firm base.  Do not make sharp turns with the plate tamper; this will create ridges in the base.  High spots must be leveled off and low spots must be filled in with crushed granite and compacted.  Use a hand tamp to compact areas that weren't compacted by the plate tamper.  The goal is to create a smooth and uniform base; the green will not hide irregularities in the base.  A properly compacted base will not show a footprint when walked on.  Once base preparation is complete avoid any unnecessary surface traffic.  The final base will be 1 ½" below the top of the border.

National Greens at home Putting Green:
Installing your Cup(s)

* Arrange the artificial putting green cups on the crushed granite as you would like them.

* Mark where your cups will be permanently placed. This can be done by applying pressure to each cup and rotating it.  This will cause a small indentation in the crushed granite which will be used as a reference point.

* With a small hand shovel dig a small hole that is 2 inches larger in diameter than the cup itself and equal in depth.

* Use fast drying concrete mix powder around the entire outside perimeter.

* Pack down the mix. Leave 1” of the cup exposed.

National Greens at home Putting Green: Finishing Your Base

* Small ridges caused from the plate compactor on your base need to be removed.  The putting green surface needs to fit like a glove to your base so you want it as smooth as possible.

* Use the bottom of your shovel or hand tool to flatten the ridges.

* Use a spreader to distribute sand over the entire green. A 50 lb bag of sand will cover approximately 360 Sq Ft.

* Use a broom to lightly sweep the sand and any loose gravel off your base.

National Greens at home Putting Green:
Installing your Artificial putting green

* The install can begin after the grass has been allowed to lay in direct sunlight for two hours.  This will allow wrinkles in the backing to settle out. Use a power broom to brush the grass fibers against the direction they are laying before installation. This will make the installation of infill easier.  If seaming sections of grass together, do not brush the fibers until you have removed the edges.

* If the width of your artificial putting green is less than your roll width you can skip the following steps.

* Make sure the grain of each roll of artificial putting green is running in the same direction.

* Place the synthetic putting green turf over the edge of the crushed granite and roll it out.

* Make sure there are no significant creases in the turf. If there are tiny creases the weight of the infill will make them go away.

* Use a push broom against the grain of the putting green to separate the fibers before putting in the infill.

* Lay one roll over where the seam will come together. Make sure the backing is face up.

* With a knife cut between the first and second row of stitching.

* Do this for only one of the rolls where your seam will be joined. Cutting between the rows will remove the black strip. It will also give you a tight fit and perfect seam.

* Use solid base underneath the roll that is being overlapped. This will make for a solid smooth cutting surface.

* Overlap the turf rolls about 2” the entire length of the seam so that the roll with the seaming strip is still attached to the top.

* Place bags of infill every 4 ft on both sides along the length of the seam. This  prevents movement during the seaming process.

* Cut the top overlapped roll of turf by following the edge of the bottom roll with a utility knife.

* Do this with the full length of the seam. Once the seam has been cut, join the 2 pieces together to ensure a tight fit before seaming the rolls together. Continue to replace your utility knife blade after cutting 8-10 ft.

* Nail down the seaming strips on the sub base where the seam will come together. There should be an equal amount of seaming strip on each side of the seam.

* Apply adhesive over the entire surface of the seaming strip.

* Allow 20-30 min for the adhesive to set up and get sticky before seaming.

* Pull the artificial putting green turf over at the seam.

* Lay one roll onto the adhesive and seaming tape the full length of the seam.

* Carefully join the 2 rolls together.

* Press the seam in place to get good contact of the turf backing and adhesive.

* After the entire seam has been placed together walk over the artificial putting green several times.

* Allow 2 hours before moving on to the next step.

National Greens at home Putting Green:
Shaping Your Green

* The synthetic turf is delivered in a rectangular shape. If you're not adding a fringe turf to your putting green, cut the shape of your putting green using only your outside border. If you desire a fringe around your putting green, use a yard stick to assist with the measurement.

* Formula to determine the amount of fringe turf needed for a two foot collar of fringe: Total length + width Divide by 2.5

* Use a yard-stick to measure two feet in from the border.

* Using a string, mark your shape in 1 foot increments.

* Use a utility knife to cut along the outside perimeter.

* Run the fringe turf the length of the putting green on each side first, then the two widths. The grain of the fringe turf must run the same direction all around the green.

* Roll the fringe turf over one side the length of the putting green.

* Overlap the entire fringe turf just enough to cover the shape of your artificial putting surface on one side the length of your putting green.

* Locating the shaped putting green under the fringe, nail down the fringe into the sub base using 5” galvanized nails with small heads 2 inches out into the fringe from where the seam of the putting green turf and fringe turf will meet.

* Hammer the nails every 6 inches the entire length of your fringe turf. Nailing between the rows of stitching hides the nails.

* Now, come out 1’ into the fringe turf.

* Nail the fringe turf 1” out into the fringe every six inches the entire length of the fringe. Nailing the fringe at both the seam and a foot out from the seam will anchor the fringe turf in place and make for a tight fit.

* Do this for the entire perimeter of fringe turf.

* Finally ut along the outside perimeter where the fringe meets your border.

National Greens at home Putting Green: Infill

* Do not apply when wet. If the infill or putting green get wet the infill clumps together prohibiting properly application of the infill.

* Use a drop spreader 1/2 full with infill and spread your infill across the top of your artificial putting green.

* Aggressively brush in your infill.

* Infill until you have filled your artificial putting past the tips of the fibers.

* By infilling the fringe turf the fibers will stick straight up. You only need to fill the fringe turf half full to achieve this.

* Consistently brush against the grain of the fringe. This makes the fibers to stand up.

* Brush any excess infill off your artificial putting green.

* Sweep your artificial putting green a final time to remove any excess infill. You want to have 1/32” of the putting green fiber exposed.

National Greens at home Putting Green: Back to your cups!

* Locate the cup holes by pressing the synthetic turf with your hands. Using a utility knife cut the holes out of the turf.  Cut an X inside the hole.

* Now cut tightly around the inside edge of the cup. Take your time with cutting around the inner edge of the cups. After the holes are cut, trim the loose fibers around the cup with scissors.

National Greens at home Putting Green: The final steps!

* Rolling and infill of the green will determine the speed of you putting surface

* Using heavy weight roller, roll the green the length & width of the entire surface.

* Do this many times - both the length and the width of the putting green to achieve the speed you desire.

National Greens at home Putting Green:
Post Installation Care

* Seasonally, brush your artificial putting green using a push broom. This will help stabilize the fibers, and keep the grass clean.  Any stains or spills that occur can be cleaned using a mild detergent and water.  A leaf rake or leaf blower can be used to remove any debris or foliage.


  • My Custom "Do It Yourself" Synthetic
    Putting Green from National Greens

    Hello my name is Jim Burrows and I live in Scottsdale AZ. I was interested in installing an artificial turf putting green for golf practice in my back yard. Once I started doing some research online I quickly found how far out of my price range a professional putting and chipping green was. Discouraged, I found few cost affective alternatives that provided anything close to what I wanted to see installed in my backyard. I had almost given up hope when I stumbled upon National Greens "Do it Yourself" putting green program online.

    National Greens offers a unique program allowing individual home owners to construct their own artificial putting greens and landscapes. Preparing and constructing my own putting green saved me thousands of dollars. The majority of cost with synthetic turf is associated with construction and specialized application of critical elements. National Greens walked me through every step of these processes. I was also able to complete the project at my own speed doing the work on weekends with my family.  This way expenses could be distributed along a time line rather than coming as one lump sum bill.

    Upon contacting National Greens for information on the Do it Yourself program I was met with much excitement and enthusiasm for my project. I could truly tell these people loved the work they did. The representative on the phone did not try to sell me anything or shove any service down my throat. The National Greens representative discussed with me at great length what i dreamed of creating in my back yard and gave me a great plan to accomplish building that dream.

    All National Greens needed to help me get started was my physical address. They were able to visually construct my project using satellite imaging from the Google Earth program. Within days I had a preliminary design delivered to me that would work perfectly with my existing yard and landscape. I let National Greens construct the design of my putting green because A. It was very inexpensive ($50), B. They know exactly what they are doing and it shows, and C. Because they created the design, they were able to perfectly estimate and order the needed supplies and equipment at the lowest possible price to me. They informed me that customers who design their own first putting greens often end up short supplied, or with an overrun of product they don't need due to over ordering.  I was happy to heed their warning and it certainly paid off.

    Once I decided on my turf types and infill materials the order was placed for my supplies. Within days, not weeks my supplies and equipment arrived. I was so excited I could hardly wait to start the project! From my talks with National Greens I knew this was most home owners  first mistake of jumping in with both feet without looking first. I sure am glad I waited to unwrap all my turf and filling material because it would have sat uncovered for a few weeks while I perfected shaping and compacting my crushed granite base surface.  If I learned one thing its take it one step at a time, and go slow to insure trueness of the putting green. Mistakes are much harder to remove than to avoid.

    National greens provided me with extremely detailed instructions on how to construct my putting green to their own professional standards. The instructions were simply understood and broken into separate sections to keep my project on track. As well as providing detailed physical instructions National Greens was always available for free phone consultation any time I was unsure and wanted to ask for an experienced opinion.  I contacted National Greens for consultation on three occasions through my project they always answered and had the immediately helpful answer I was looking for.

    Working almost every weekend for two months I was finally able to construct my very own custom professional putting green. The process was very involved and labor intense, but I could not have imagined a better outcome. My friends are coming over constantly chipping and putting with me, so much so that it has now become a Saturday evening tradition in the neighborhood. I am so impressed with the performance of the synthetic putting green turf and its surrounding fringe/chipping turf that I have decided to soon replace my own dying natural lawn with artificial turf from the National Greens "Do it Yourself" program. I will however warn anyone interested in building this type of project that it takes considerable  time and patience to do it right. Through my experience I learned, if you have the determination and desire you can make even the most difficult of installations fun to construct. Also, knowing I had the experienced support of National Greens as a partner on my project gave me the confidence to always know where I stood on my projects progress.

    Overall I saved almost 70% of the cost of an installed professional green by doing the installation myself and getting the instructions, supplies, and equipment at wholesale cost from National Greens. I never would have been able to enjoy this wonderful golf environment with my friends and family if it weren't for the innovative and original "Do it Yourself" program from the National Greens company. Thank you National Greens! I'll be calling you soon for my lawn replacement turf.

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