Whether it is a backyard or commercial artificial putting green you are looking for NexGen Lawns has you covered. We have putting green surfaces designed for backyard putting greens that have the best ball roll available and golf course greens that will catch a shot from more than 200 yards out.
For the golfer who is looking for a backyard synthetic putting green solution for their home, our synthetic golf putting green is built to last without the maintenance of a real grass green. When you have NexGen Lawns install a putting green with artificial grass in your backyard, it will be custom designed specifically for you. Our experienced construction techniques will give you the features of your favorite course right at home. NexGen Lawns offers indoor and outdoor synthetic putting greens that have the most realistic golfing surface available.
Our putting greens are the surface of choice all over the world. Our artificial putting green turf has even been featured on the Golf Channel. We also use a PVC cup support system for easy replacement of the putting green cups in case one should ever become damaged.
There’s a lot to know when choosing a synthetic putting green turf for your backyard than just; should it be Texturized yarn or slit-film yarn? Although it’s very important to know which style of yarn to choose, equally important are the ways the synthetic turf is manufactured and the type of infill used. Of course, the installation method and base material are paramount to a successful installation but here are 3 important considerations when choosing your putting green.
Texturized or Slit-Film (aka fibrillated)? This has been debated many times over. There are many advantages and disadvantages of both. Some important points that you may not have previously heard of or considered are that it’s important to note that Texturized Yarn comes in two styles, 1) Nylon and 2) Polypropylene. For the sake of confusion, when referring to “Texturized” we will be referring to the polypropylene texturized yarn. Both nylon and poly texturized yarns are high quality, but the poly texturized has less problems than the nylon due to it can have “moisture regain,” which means nylon retains more moisture and causes more movement of the turf, which can possibly be problematic.
The Biggest Consideration is whether you’ll be hitting long shots to the putting green. Slit-Film putting greens are better for holding shots from a distance but it’s not because of the yarn composition, it’s because Slit-Film putting greens allow more room for infill material that is spread in-between the yarn fibers during installation. The infill material is what takes the kinetic energy off the ball at impact, not the yarn composition. The more infill material in the putting green, the longer the shot it will accept. You can still hit shots of 30 yards to a Texturized putting green, but you must add some extra infill material. The problem is the amount of infill is limited on Texturized putting greens.
If you are not going to use your putting green for hitting long balls, but just for chipping and putting. Which one should you choose? This is the million-dollar question! Here are some Pro’s and Con’s, for both.
|Truest Ball Roll||X||The ball always rolls on the fibers, not the infill material. Because it’s denser more fibers encounter the ball as well as the fibers are curled over.|
|Truest Ball Roll Over Time|
|The “spring back” nature of Texturized Yarn safeguards against matting keeping the ball roll consistent. Slit-Film will soften over time and lay over causing inconsistent ball roll.|
|Accepts Long Shots|
|Hands down, Slit-Film.|
|The toughest yarn fiber is Texturized, but a well maintained Slit-Film green will last a very long time. It’s a putting green, not a football field.|
|Both look natural. Both deserve a check here.|
|Slit-Film has far more maintenance since most the product is infill instead of synthetic fibers. Slit-Film infilled putting greens are also susceptible to mold and fungus growth. Texturized putting greens require infill, but it is far less that it’s not a factor. See infill considerations below.|
|Less Mold, Mildew|
|The Infill material in a Slit-Film putting green is mostly sand which can promote mold and mildew growth. If you live in the desert or dry regions this will not be a factor.|
|Less Expansion/Contraction Problems|
|The biggest negatives to Texturized putting greens have mostly come from nylon texturized putting greens, but all Texturized Putting greens will still move a little more than a Slit-Film due to the lack of heavy infill ballast. Our NGL Augusta is made from polypropylene and has less movement issues than the nylon texturized putting green.|
|No Size Limitations|
|Since nylon Texturized putting greens have the “moisture regain” problem, it could be risky to install a nylon Texturized putting green that is larger than a 45’ by 45’.|
Texturized Putting Greens: Some Texturized putting greens will show streaks more than others. This is usually a quality issue but sometimes even the highest quality Texturized yarn has some streaking problems. Also, Texturized putting greens can have an inconsistent ball roll in one direction, but it will roll perfect in the other direction. Since we have total control over every step of the manufacturing process, our putting greens have less streaking problems.
The most important factor when choosing a Texturized putting green is the backing. Because Texturized putting greens are susceptible to expansion and contraction, which causes puckering and wrinkling, a quality backing is extremely important! The best backing is a rubberized backing. If you can see the stitches on the back of a Texturized putting green, this means you don’t have the reinforced extra backing you may need! If you don’t have the reinforced rubber backing, you possibly could have problems. Unless you’re gluing your Texturized putting green to concrete.
A quality Texturized turf product also has a higher bulk rate on the material, which in turn makes a denser product. When the fibers see heat, and draw down, they are closer together. How do you know if the product you’re trying to buy has a higher bulk rate? The answer is a lot of the time you can’t tell; it is best to get samples and roll the ball on them in all directions to see if it’s consistent.
Slit-Film Greens: A quality Slit-Film putting green will have sheared tops, which means the tips of the fibers are sheared. Naturally, the ball roll is better when the tops are sheared.
Another consideration is the denier of the Slit-Film fiber. The most popular denier sizes are 5700 and 7600 deniers. Denier is the bulk reading of the yarn which is measured by combining the width and thickness of the yarn fiber. The higher the denier, the bulkier the fiber. The 5700 fiber is softer and will perform better from the start. The 7600 denier fiber has a longer ”break-in” period but eventually relaxes. As far as durability there is not that much difference. If the surface was used as a dog run or play area, the 7600 denier might outlast the 5700 denier a bit, but this is a putting green, so really, wear-ability is a non-factor.
Buy from a Reputable Turf Company! The most important factor of choosing the right putting green turf is buying from a reputable turf company. A company that stands behind their product!
Texturized and Slit-Film both require infill. Although the amount of infill needed between the two are drastically different. Texturized putting greens require approximately 2 pounds per square foot of fine silica sand. This gives the putting green the needed ballast to help the turf adhere to the base material, especially over undulations. Because the silica sand sits at the very bottom of the turf, it is not very noticeable and typically does not create a maintenance issue.
Slit-Film putting greens are dependent on infill. Many turf companies use silica sand as the stand-alone infill, but we recommend a blend of silica sand with another material that will prevent the silica sand from becoming hard and compacted. We also recommend colored rounded top dressing sand for the very top. Green is the most popular color, but black and/or a combination of green and black top dressing is typical.
NexGen Lawns synthetic tee mats allow you to place a tee anywhere on the surface so that wear is evenly distributed. Unlike a hard hitting mat, they allow you to hit down and through the ball without the club face bouncing off so that “fat shots” are penalized. Requiring no maintenance, our synthetic tee lines are a great option for individual golfers wanting a hitting area as well as commercial establishments for tee boxes and driving ranges.
No Sand Infill, No Maintenance, and No Club Shock with “Fat” Shots! Stick a Tee Anywhere on the Surface!