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“How To Build A Putting Green in 2 Days!” – Part 1

3 Part Series - Build Your Own Putting Green

Almost every golfer has wished of having their own personal putting green in their backyard...we have all seen the pictures to get jealous of (we will show you some more too) or known about some rich guy that had a huge kick-ass green in his yard. Well MyGolfSpy and AllProGreens want to show you how EVERY golfer can have their own putting green...and all in just 2 days time.

Up & Putting in 2 Days!

Yep...just think...by next weekend you could be putting on your own kick-ass, friend hating you cause he wishes he was you...putting green. Cause over the next 3 days MGS and AllProGreens is going to show you step-by-step simple to follow instructions on how to have your own perfect putting green by the weekend.

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Step 1 - Placement Of Your New Green

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Check out placements in level areas of your property.

  • Take a string, garden hose, or extension cord and lay it in the general area and shape you desire. The width of our turf is 12 feet so you will need to think in widths of 12 feet when designing your green (12, 24, or 36 feet wide) unless you plan on cutting and seaming the rolls (if this is your intentions please see steps 9-12 first). The turf can later be cut to any length although it is sold in 5 foot increments. By marking the area like this you will be able to actually see the size and shape.
  • Refer to your diagrams in your brochure to help determine a size and shape.
  • Once you see the size and shape make sure to practice your golf game a little. You may decide you need a larger green.
  • Use spray paint to mark the entire outside perimeter of the shape. This marked edge will be used as a reference point where your sub base material will be placed.

Be sure your green is accessible from other areas of the yard by chipping and pitching to the marked area.

Step 2 - Removing Grass or Sod

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  • Whether you are doing an in-ground or an above ground installation use a sod cutter or shovel to remove the grass in the area you have marked with spray paint.
  • Remove any loose debris after the sod has been taken out.

Step 3 - Prepare The Ground

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  • Compact the bare ground using your plate compactor to ensure a solid foundation for the crushed stone base.
  • Lay out the weed barrier on top of the ground in the area where the green will be installed. The weed barrier acts as a stabilization cloth and does not allow the crush stone sub base material to sink into the ground.

Step 4 - Add Your Border

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  • Add an edging as a border along the entire outside perimeter of the area where your stone base material will go. This will ensure the base material will stay in the marked area and will not be pushed out beyond your area when compacting the base. If you are using a block border or retaining wall then the weight of the block will hold the base in place.

Step 5 - Add Your Base

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  • Make sure to distribute the sub base material evenly. Work with a yard rake spread out the sub base material so that it is consistently flat.
  • Use a shovel to move the large amounts of sub base material and the flat side of a rack to smooth out any rough areas of the sub base.

Drainage will come off the top of the green, not through the green. Drainage through the green would eventually deteriorate the packed sub base. There must be a slight slope to the sub base for proper water drainage. A good rule of thumb is a 1 inch drop for every 10 to 12 feet in length.

Step 6 - Compact The Base

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If you do not compact the sub base material properly it will eventually settle in a way that will cause irregularities in the surface of your putting green. These irregularities adversely affect the roll of your ball when putting. Remember that the plate compactor can be rented from any local rental facility.

  • With your garden hose’s spray nozzle wet the sub base lightly. Do NOT saturate it.
  • Now compact the sub base. To ensure good solid compaction, make sure to compact the sub base several times the length and width of the area.

If there are any small bumps, ridges, or irregular dips remaining smooth them out with your rack or shovel. Use a 2 x 4 to screed or level the base material. You may notice low spots or dips on your base. Chances are that you have a low spot on the sub base that needs to be filled.

Your main goal is to keep the surface consistently flat, smooth and solid.

  • Adding undulations or contours is easy.
  • Add additional base material to that area.
  • Shape it with your rake until you have the desired contour and undulation.
  • Compact that area with your plate compactor. Understand a 1 inch rise over 1 to 2 feet will add a lot of contour once the putting green is added.

The putting green turf is designed to fit like a glove to the surface. If you add too much slope to your sub base material the ball will roll very fast and may roll off your green.

A good basic guideline is for every 10 to 12 ft in the length of your sub base you will drop the slope 1 inch

To determine whether you have enough or too much slope or contour-- after the sub base material is completely compacted take a golf ball and putt on the sub base.

The ball will break the same on the sub base as it will when you install the putting green. Your sub base should be a minimum depth of 4 inches when compaction is complete.

Make sure the sub base is the way you want it. If you want to add or take away extra slopes or contours now is the time to do it. However, if you make any changes to the sub base then you must re-compact the sub base after the changes are made. Once the putting green and the infill is added it is difficult to adjust the contours of the sub base.

RELATED ARTICLES:

- How To Build A Putting Green in 2 Days!” – Part 2
- “How To Build A Putting Green in 2 Days!” – Part 3

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Scott Rynning April 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Spy i could have used that – It took me 2 years – Worth every blister – too much fun!

Scott
blueprintGolfMag

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mygolfspy April 28, 2009 at 6:11 am

Hey Scott – well I hope it helps with the learning curve this time around..if you decide to build one. Good luck with your golf blog by the way.

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CJ Bush April 28, 2009 at 5:44 am

This is a great piece. I have always wanted a backyard putting green, but never really knew what to do. I lov ereading these DIY projects! Now if I can just convince the misses then I could actually do it.

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mygolfspy April 28, 2009 at 6:10 am

Tell her its for a blog post on your site ;)

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CJ Bush April 28, 2009 at 8:25 am

I could try that, but I would probably get the same reaction I would get if I didn’t say it.

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BogeyThis April 29, 2009 at 5:45 am

CJ, my theory…just start the project and when she asks what you’re doing…just tell her it is a surprise! Now, normally that leads to other conversations of “the last time you said that…” or “please stop as you know how it turned out last time…” BUT lucky for you, you are not me and have worn out the surprise factor.

Better yet, start the project and when she asks just tell her what it is…you already started – you can’t stop now.

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BogeyThis April 29, 2009 at 5:47 am

MGS – I love the idea and I would do this, however I heard the cost is pretty high. I also know what it took for me to extend my patio with pavers and my back is still getting adjusted weekly (that was 2 years ago). Oh to have a Jeanie, that folds her arms, blinks, and such wishes appear out of no where – man did that Airforce guy have it made or what?

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mygolfspy April 29, 2009 at 7:16 am

The cost is not that bad if you do it yourself. But yes it is pretty pricey if you pay a landscaping crew to do the job.

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Scott April 29, 2009 at 6:40 am

CJ – Tell her it is about bonding with your child (if you have children) She can’t say no…makes her look evil, and women do not like to look evil. Or you can do it like I did…Have 8 huge dump trucks dump filler and top soil on the side of your house, then there is no going back…

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mygolfspy April 29, 2009 at 7:16 am

Good idea Scott ;) LMAO!

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Bill June 15, 2009 at 1:54 pm

My other half(oops) better half said not a problem as soon as the yard is repaired from
when i had to have a new garage for my so called toys.So must run have to fix the yard.

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mygolfspy June 16, 2009 at 7:53 am

So are you gonna build it Bill?

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Jared June 21, 2009 at 6:13 am

When is part two coming out?

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Norm Jones August 17, 2009 at 9:25 pm

When is part 2 coming out? it is now August 17th?

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mygolfspy August 18, 2009 at 6:02 am

Hey Norm – sorry for some reason the links were not on the bottom of the article. Take a look at the bottom of the post now.

- How To Build A Putting Green in 2 Days!” – Part 2
- “How To Build A Putting Green in 2 Days!” – Part 3

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Cecilia April 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm

do you think this is a job a woman could do??
my fiance is having surgery a month before our wedding and will be in bed for 2-3 weeks— i would like to build dit in his backyard while he’s down and out…???

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5underpar August 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm

You are amazing. He is a lucky man!

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Ian July 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

How much would it cost in all for a 12×24 green?

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Corlaine Johnson July 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Your site is just what my. husband needed! Thank you, great job. Can you tell me what the best seed is for the northwest? Take care, Corlaine

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Logan October 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

hey i am looking at giving this a go in germany but am not too sure what to buy for artificial grass. do you use a special artificial grass? or can any do? what is a good legnth?

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cory J November 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Finally, a DIY video that we can really do! I think that this video will be very beneficial to a lot of people especially those that really really want to install putting greens in their backyard. I just hope that to anyone who wants to have their own putting green in their backyard, you’ll enjoy it as much as you enjoy your games in the golf course.

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Jonathan Rothchild January 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

Why do you need so much coal slag? does it go underneath the grass too because it doesn’t show that in the videos?

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Alex Black July 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I have completed my putting green installation fully in the backyard and I want the speed of the green to be faster. I have laid a lot of silica sand over the top and swept it out. Any ideas on how to get the green speed faster?

Thank you for your time,

Alex

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