How To Build A Putting Green

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Luke is an avid weekend-warrior golfer from the East Coast who plays golf more than he cares to admit.

Pretty much any golfer we’ve ever spoken to has said that the one thing they could ask for in their yard is their own putting green – and it’s perfectly understandable as to why! 

What many golfers don’t realize though is that their dream can be a reality! You do not need to be super rich or own a football field to make this happen either.

How To Build A Putting Green

Luckily, assuming you’ve got the space for it and the time to dedicate to it, you can build your own putting green with just a few simple steps and things to remember. 

So, we’ve decided to write this handy guide which explains all of the things that you should consider prior to building your own putting green and how you can make your home golfing dreams come true.

Read on and learn much more! 

Artificial Vs Real

The first and most important consideration that you’ll be making is which type of grass you will be using – will it be artificial or real grass?

The thing is, neither are right or wrong because both have their own pros and their own cons. It’s worth us looking at both of these choices and seeing where you might move your attention to. 


For many years, artificial grass has soared in terms of its quality and accessibility. It’s now entirely possible to source artificial grass that mimics exactly the perfect golfing game on a genuine green of real grass.

However, their major con is the initial cost that will set you back when you first purchase it. But despite this con, you can see some amazing benefits to it. 

The first is the fact that artificial grass can be placed pretty much anywhere and does not require specific conditions to be placed down. On top of this, artificial grass does not need the same amount of maintenance that regular grass does. 

Of course, you will not need to maintain the artificial grass by cutting it, but you will need to wash it down using a power wash every now and then. Just be sure you leave enough time for it to fully dry, in case you slide and slip! 


Perhaps the biggest pro about opting for real grass is the fact that it is exactly the type of grass that you would expect in a real game situation and it can be much cheaper to source than artificial grass.

Of course though, there are major drawbacks to real grass. If you do decide to use real grass but do not have the know-how of how to set it up properly, then you could find yourself in significant trouble.

On top of this, you will need to maintain the upkeep of your real grass and if you cannot do this, you’ll struggle to use your putting green overall. 

It’s important to note though that if you decide to go for the artificial grass route, you will need to find yourself a very high quality model and it’s also a wise idea that you hire someone to install it for you.

If you do this, you can actually have the whole thing setup and installed all in a few hours. However, if you are more inclined to use real grass, then you will need to know how you can get it set up yourself.

Below, you will find a step by step guide on how to set up your own real grass putting green. 

Setting Up A Real Grass Putting Green

Here’s what you will need to do:

Select Your Location

The initial consideration you will be making when it comes to setting up your real grass is where you will put it. 

Real grass requires a very open area with plenty of sunlight, so it cannot be covered by trees. You will also want to avoid any areas of the garden which might have drops or dips where water can collect.

This is because you will want to have an area with plenty of drainage, which is of course something that the sunlight can help out with, during rainy periods. 

Prepare The Soil

Now you will need to look at the preparation of your soil. Real grass can usually grow with most types of soil, but the best you can choose is sandy loam. 

Remember to remove any obstacles and things in the way of a flat growing surface and continue the upkeep.

It’s a wise idea to dig out some drainage areas like trenches that point downwards away from your chosen green area, but make sure you are not digging an area that could essentially collect water and overfill it. 

Separate Your Green

You will want to make sure that you are separating the putting green from other areas in your yard, such as weeds and other flowers. Not only will this help with any yard work, but it also helps with upkeep of your putting green.

In addition to this, it helps to keep away pets and pests from your golfing area and keeps them in separate yard areas. 

Place Your Hole

You will need to cut out a hole slightly larger than your golf ball. Don’t worry about adding a cup or anything at this stage, this is merely for the planning.

After you have done this, inspect the area and do some maintenance if necessary.

Finish Up

It’s now time to put up your flag and add a putting cup. Play some golf!

Remember The Upkeep

It’s wise to keep a schedule for upkeep. You need to fertilize, mow the grass, water the grass and remove any debris from the area. 

Final Thoughts

And that’s everything that you need to know about setting up your own putting green! We hope we’ve been of some help to you. Good luck!

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