Scottsdale Putting Green Questions
Which putting green grass is right for me?
Currently there are 2 types of putting greens on the market in Scottsdale, AZ textured and sand-filled. A textured putting green is made up of textured turf with about a 3/8” pile height. A sand-filled putting green is a monofilament blade with a 1” pile height. Both putting greens require infill but a sand-filled putting green requires about 9lbs per square foot while a textured putting green only requires 2lbs per square foot. Textured putting greens are suitable for smaller, more casual putting greens. Textured putting greens are extremely low maintenance. If you are a more serious golfer a sand-filled putting green is recommended. While sand-filled putting greens are more difficult to install, they provide flexibility in the speed of the green. Sand-filled putting greens will also bounce better if you are chipping into the putting green area. If you are looking at getting a putting green installed in the backyard of your Arizona house give us a call to determine which is the right type of putting green for you.
How long do putting greens last?
While putting greens in Scottsdale, AZ are warranted for 15 years like other artificial turf they do require periodic maintenance. The periodic maintenance involved is replacing old, cracked cups, replacing sun-worn flag sticks and re-surfacing of the putting green. For sand-filled putting greens it is natural for some of that sand to get moved around over the course of several years. We recommend resurfacing sand filled putting greens every 3 years.
Textured putting greens do not have the same amount of infill so they do not need resurface but they must be cleaned of debris to provide a smooth surface for the ball to roll on. Resurfacing of a backyard putting green is adding and re-brushing the infill followed by a rolling of the putting green. We use either a riding asphalt roller or a 55 gallon drum roller depending on our access to the putting green.
Is it ok if my dog plays on the putting green?
Many homeowners in Scottsdale, AZ that are interested in a backyard putting green are also concerned about their dogs playing or urinating on the putting green. While pet turf is antibacterial and antimicrobial a putting green does not have the same benefits. Dogs may also disturb the infill of a sand-filled putting green requiring more frequent maintenance. It is absolutely okay if your dog is on the putting green but try to limit the urination and play time to
other areas of the yard.
How much does a putting green cost?
Depending on the size and type of the putting green homeowners in Scottsdale are seeing the cost of putting green installations with all materials included for $10-20 per square foot. If you are interested in a backyard putting green of your own give us a call for a free quote
Should I use metal or plastic cups?
Many home owners in Scottsdale ask if they should be using metal or plastic cups for the putting green holes. While they both have pros and cons we typically recommend aluminum painted cups for your backyard putting green.
slightly more expensive
gets hotter than plastic cups
will not yellow and crack
cheaper, more affordable
stays cooler than metal cups
will crack and yellow in 2-3 years
How do I clean my putting green?
To clean your backyard putting green keep the most important thing to consider is not dispersing the infill. A gentle leaf blower is recommend the clean your putting green if you have debris on it. It is acceptable to use a shop vac to remove debris from inside the putting green cups. You may gently wash your putting green off. We highly discourage the use of pressure washers and vacuums to clean the putting green surface. Using aggressive cleaning methods
may result in the putting green needing to be resurfaced sooner.
What type of maintenance is required for my putting green?
If you have a putting green in Scottsdale or are looking to install a putting green keep in mind of the maintenance that is required. It is expected that you are to remove debris such as leaves, dirt and branches in a timely manner. Resurfacing the putting green is recommended every 3 years. If you choose to install plastic cups they will also need to be replaced approximately every 3 years.
Can I hose my putting green off?
In the event of a dust storm your backyard putting green may look a little dusty. We recommend using a leaf blower to gently remove any dust followed by a gentle hosing. Some hose attachments have shower or mist settings, these setting may be more suitable to hose your putting green off. In the case of your dog urinating on your putting green it may also be washed off.
Are artificial putting greens similar to real putting greens?
One of the biggest concerns homeowners in Scottsdale have when installing a putting green is the look and realism of the artificial putting green. While nothing beats the smell of a fresh mowed grass on the golf course we can get close to the look and play of our backyard putting greens. With a sand-filled putting green we have more flexibility in size and speed of the putting green. This means we can use a stamp meter to measure the speed and adjust it accordingly so the golf ball rolls at the same speed of your favorite putting green. As far as bounce goes, we can use the products like pads underneath the putting green to mimic a natural bounce if you are chipping into your backyard putting green. For aesthetics, we always install a fringe around our putting green to make it look as realistic as possible. Putting green installation are an art of their own.
If you are looking for a backyard putting green in Scottsdale make sure you use a professional and experienced putting green installer.
How do you make a putting green?
If you live in Scottsdale and are looking to get a putting green installed at your house then you are probably wondering what the process of installing a putting green may look like. At Apex Turf our putting green installations start with a face-to-face consultation. During this meeting we will determine which type of putting green is best suited for you, the size of the putting green and the location. On the day of the install we will start by clearing any grass, plants, weeds or rocks. We need a nice clean layer of dirt for our base material to adhere to. In Scottsdale, putting green installers typically used decomposed granite, also known as quarter minus for the base material. The base material will be raked, shaped and compacted for the desired shape and undulations of the putting green. At this point we will build our breaks and place our cups based off of the breaks and undulations in the putting green. We use cement to keep our cups in place. After the base is prepped we are ready to start laying the putting green material. We start with the putting green surface and cut and nail that down. After, we install our fringe around the putting green. The last step of installing a backyard putting green is to infill the green and fringe. We need to make several passes and go layer by layer to properly fill a sand filled putting green. The amount of infill and the time spent rolling the green will affect the speed of the putting green. We can tweak this to create a putting green with a speed specified by the home owner. If you are looking for a backyard putting green in Scottsdale give us a call!
Can I adjust the speed of my putting green?
It is best to tell your putting green installer the desired speed of the putting green during the initial consultation. We may recommend different materials based on your expectations. After a sand filled putting green is installed it is possible to slow down or speed up the putting green with a combination of infill and rolling.
Does apex turf install putting greens in Scottsdale?
Yes, Apex Turf can meet and exceed your needs for backyard putting green installations in Scottsdale, AZ and other nearby cities. Apex Turf serves the following Arizona zip codes; 85224, 85225, 85226, 85244, 85246, 85248, 85249 and 85286.