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20 Mar, 2010

how to install putting green in backyard?

Posted by: aaa_janitor In: Putting Greens

for my husband’s birthday this year i would really like to put a putting green in our backyard. I am curious how much it costs and if its possible to be a do-it-yourself thing. if anyone has put one in or has any info – i would really appreciate it. thanks!

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4 Responses to "how to install putting green in backyard?"

1 | jwhfaye

March 20th, 2010 at 1:12 pm


I built my first minature golf course when I was a senior in High School so I am confident on these suggestions:

Build a squared-in area the size you want encircled with treated 2X4s on edge(staked and nailed down). Next Roundup(Glyposate) to kill all the grass. Then lay down two layers of tar paper(or even used shingles, if you are broke LOL).
Next fill and level the area with sand–be sure to pack and put a crown so the rainwater will run off to some extent.
Then use ASTROTURF to make the putting green. You may want to lay down some throw away used carpet below the astorturf to give it that good "green feeling"
It is easy to build and quite fun!

A little tip: Keep a sheet of polyethylene film anchored down over the site when it is finished to keep the rain off–just use bricks as anchors around the edges of the film.

2 | john t

March 20th, 2010 at 1:12 pm



3 | Billy Ray Valentine

March 20th, 2010 at 1:12 pm


I hate to burst your bubble, but this adventure would be very difficult to do yourself. And if you were to contract someone to do it, it would cost a mint. I was a greenskeeper on a golf course for two years as well as having 20 yrs in the landscape field and I wouldn’t even attempt to to do it myself. It requires a great deal to get it like it is suppose to be. The soil requirements are about 70% sand, 20% loam, and 10% clay, for adaquate water drainage. You’ll also have to use a special type of grass for the green itself. A bent grass or poa annua is best, and requires mowing with a "reel" mower which can mow down to 1,000 th of an inch in height. (special mower). The type of grass used for the greens is very succeptible to a veriety of diseases which would require an application of a fungicide, a few of which are rather expensive. Also you would have to fertilize pretty often to keep it nice and green. Then there is the proverbial bugs and pests that can munch away at your greens root system. Again more spraying this time with a insecticide..It is a really good idea for a birthday gift, but it is more than just a lawn that you would have to mow… it is alot of work. Some of the greens on professional courses cost $60,000.00 or more apiece to construct. Hope this didn’t discourage you too much.. That is not what Iam trying to do. Just want to give you an idea of what you would be getting into if you happen to decide to go ahead with the plan.
Hope this has been helpful

4 | leothecomm

March 20th, 2010 at 1:12 pm


I’m with Billy Ray on this one. Three years ago I had a customer that wanted one. She had WAY more money than brain’s and we did it for her. For a green that was about the same size as you’d find on a golf course, it ran her about 6 grand by the time it was done.

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