Is there anything more luxurious than getting out in your bathrobe in the morning and having a few swings with your golf club? Many would say that’s the epitome of exclusive living. Well, you don’t have to be a millionaire to live your putting dream. Here’s how you can create a small golf course in your backyard.
Artificial vs. Natural Grass
Some people insist on natural grass to make their practice green super authentic. However, natural grass requires a lot of maintenance and ideal conditions. If you’re not ready for weekly mowing sessions, it’s best to opt for artificial turf. Modern synthetic grass looks amazing and acts almost identically as real grass. Plus, maintenance is minimal (occasional cleaning with a leaf blower).
Mark Your Space
Now is time to measure your space and decide where you want to put your green. Some companies that supply people with turf have practical mapping tools on their websites you can use to create a good plan. Mark your area with pain and you’re almost ready to start removing existing grass and dirt with a rake and a hoe.
Acquire Necessary Equipment
Before you do anything, make sure you have a rake, hoe, shovel and a wagon to transport materials. You want to design your course in a way that will reserve flat parts for your putting practice (you can easily flatten hills and slopes). The ideal length of your backyard golf course is around 14 meters, but if you can go bigger, feel free to do so. You will also need to stock up on new budget golf balls, so you can practice without too much trouble. You can never have too many balls, so buy a bunch to have around.
Now you can start actually removing the grass and clearing your space down to the soil. Once that’s done, you need to set down some sort of material that will act as a base beneath the green (most use road base). If you’re on a budget, you can use existing soil and cover it with landscape fabric you can buy from a turf supplier. This is also a good way to separate holes and contour your course.
Make Your Holes
The best way to dig holes is to use a post-hole digging tool. This tool is easy to use and it makes neat and clean holes. Depending on the size of your green, you might want to put two holes, so you can practice with a friend.
Lay Down Your Grass
Laying down the grass (no matter if real or synthetic) is an easy step. Make sure to fix your turf taut with weed-mat pins, though. Use a big knife to trim the edges and make everything fall into place. If you’re using synthetic grass, add some sand to it and rake it. This will add some weight and extra security to the grass and make it look and feel more natural. Once everything’s done, you’re ready to insert a cup and flag into the holes and voila!
With a course like that, you’ll get to practice your skills any time you want and perfect your puts. Expect your course to be the object of envy of the entire neighborhood.