How to Build a Backyard Putting Green

Backyard Putting Green

Are you tired of paying high fees at the local golf course? Would it be great to have a green closer to home? If so, then you need to consider turning your yard into a putting green.

It is actually easier and cheaper than you may at first think. Below, we discuss how to build a backyard putting green.

How to Build a Backyard Putting Green

The first step is to begin preparing for your green. Clear the area of debris, clearing away small trees and bushes. You then need to shape the green to your desired shape.

Wet the soil slightly. You will then need a plate compactor to push down the earth. Make sure it is extremely firm and free of bumps or ridges and place landscape fabric over the area.


Using a block border, start to edge the green. Place your base materials over the landscape fabric. Even the materials out.

For a really exciting green, you should make sure you have a slope. Ideally, it should slope one inch for every 12 feet. Use your plate compactor to compact the base materials, once more making sure it is firm.

Installing Cups

Any DIY putting green needs holes, and you can do this using cups. You will need around three of these holes. They should be dug around 2 inches wider and 2 inches deeper than the cup itself.

Place a cup in each hole. Place concrete around them leaving an inch of the cup exposed. When the concrete is dry, pour more base material around them.

Flatten the base material once more. You should then coat it evenly with sand.

Laying the Turf

You then need to add turf for your backyard golf course. Choosing the correct artificial grass should not be done lightly, as it can drastically alter the style of your green. Companies such as Artificial Grass Warehouse LLC should have the right type for your needs.

Roll your turf from the edge of your green over the entire area, smoothing it out as you go. Tuck in any edges and join with adhesive tape if your green is wider than the roll itself.

You must then spread infill sand over the artificial turf. Sweep it across the surface to ensure an even spread. If you need to do this several times so the green has enough infill, then do so.

The infill sand is extremely important as it will give the turf its durability. It will also absorb shock and any weathering upon the surface.

Finishing Touches

Next, you need to remove excess infill. Sweep across the grain of the green until you have exposed around 1/32 inch of the turf.

Locate your cups and take away the turf covering it using a knife. Trim the edges so that they are neat and tidy.

You will then need a water-filled roller to go over the green. Roll it several times to ensure you have the green speed correct.

Get Practicing!

Now you know how to build a backyard putting green, you don’t have any excuses. You need to get the practice in now, for the times when all of your friends and family members come round for fun and putting in the sun!

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