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How to Make a DIY Backyard Putting Green!

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Well, folks, I’ve moved into my new place that has a “yard” finally.  It’s a small yard but one of the first things I did was to build my own DIY backyard putting green.

I used to work at the golf course so I know a little bit about growing grass but this DIY putting green was just something created out of my head after doing some research online.

There’s a lot of crap information out there telling you that you need a drainage system, well, I think that’s overkill for your backyard.

Instead, you can use some basic stuff to put together a small DIY putting green for about $100.

Of course, my putting green isn’t finished by all means but let me share with you what I did in just 3 hours to make a mini putting green.

Also, I don’t really need a huge putting green, I just need a small putting green so I can practice some short putts 10 feet in, which is what I practice most anyways and the most important putts.

First, you will need to get some putting green grass.  If you live in a hot weather southern area like Texas, you will want to grow some bermuda grass.

If you live in a cold weather area like me near the ocean, you will want to grow some bentgrass.

I personally prefer bentgrass over bermuda because it’s more finer surface to putt on and there’s less grain.  You can still grow some bentgrass in hot areas, perhaps you can put a canopy tent over it so your grass is always under some shade, that could be a solution.

Bentgrass has many different types but the most popular is the Penncross Creeping Bentgrass, which was developed at Penn State in the 50s.  I guess this is the most popular putting green grass used on also major championship golf courses.

Anyways, I ordered 5 pounds of Penncross Creeping Bentgrass off Amazon for $54.99.  Btw, you can’t get bentgrass seeds from retail stores like Home Depot, OSH, or Lowes, the seeds they sell are mostly mix of fescue, bluegrass, and other types of grass.  They will NOT work for your putting green so don’t get them!

Second, I bought some edging for my new mini putting green to block it away from the rest of my lawn as I don’t want other grass/weed growing on my new putting green.  Since I have plans for extending my new putting green later down the line, I bought edging that could be easily lifted off later.   These Fiber Edges are pretty good and what I am using, $37.12 on Amazon.

So, I started digging couple days back, my original idea was to just make a tiny bit of green to replicate it slowly to the rest of my lawn but I decided at last minute to just use the whole edging I bought to make around 6x6x6 green.

I first laid out my edging as shown below and used the stakes it came with to hold it in place.

Next, I wanted to put the edging in first so I dug up the edges and secured my edging.

Next, I started digging up everything and putting the dirt on the sides.  This is my first time actually making a backyard green so I just improvised as I went along.

Next, I was going to filter out all the old grass and weed but that was going to take me all day to do.  Since I was going to lay some weedblocker over, I simply dumped all the old grass back onto the green but making it so the surface is flat.

This particular part of the lawn sits on a big slope so I used the dirt I excavated to re-adjust the slope so I will end up with a relatively flat green with a slight slope.

As you can see from the sideview, I’ve used my edging to add some flatness to my new putting green so it’s not as sloped as the rest of the yard is.

Next, I cut up the rolls of weedblocker and used the weedblocker staples to put them on the new putting green so weed and the old grass won’t grow into my new green.

I bought 3 cubic feet of some garden soil and dumped the whole thing on top.

 

Since I was winging this whole putting green, I used my tennis shoes to pat down on the garden soil to compact it a bit and did lots of swiping with my feet to get everything evenly surfaced.  I am sure you can do better than this but I didn’t want to take another trip to the hardware store at this point, I wanted to finish the job.

But it did end up pretty nice as you can see, it’s pretty even.

Next, I spread the Penncross Creeping Bentgrass seeds all over the garden soil.

For the final finish, I topped it off with a slight layer of sand to keep the seeds from sun burns.

I think the whole thing cost me just over a hundred dollars and I was surprised even at myself for finishing the whole green in just matter of hours.

Some more thoughts.

I intentionally picked the most sloped part of my lawn, since it’s the least used plus water would drain well.  I would try to find a slightly sloped surface to put your backyard putting green since it will drain better plus you need a slight slope to practice different right-to-left and left-to-right putts.  (Why would you practice straight putts only?!?)

I figure that would also save me thousands of dollars or more hours over building a full-out drainage system, just build it on a slope.

With my new putting green, I can practice right-to-left putts, left-to-right putts, straight putts, and downhill/uphill putts.  I can’t practice long putts on it but I am planning for that later down the road.

Cutting the Greens

For true putting, I will eventually need to get a low-cutting mower that is able to cut less than 1/2 inch , which costs over/around $1,000 on average.

Most lawnmowers can really only cut up to about an inch at most but I found this bentgrass mower online that can cut up to 1/2 inch in height.  At 1/2 inch, I might still have a decent green so we will see and perhaps I can hack the bentgrass mower to cut it even lower.

 

Why did I build this green?

Honestly, I’ve always wanted to putt in the comfort of my backyard because it’s such a big part of your golf game.  You can go to your local golf course and practice but it’s not going to be the same with all that foot traffic everyone else dumps on the practice green.  With my own putting green, I won’t blame anyone but myself.

Also, I’ve always wanted to record some putting green HOWTO videos for this blog but I can’t carry my heavy tri-pod and DSLR camera everytime I go to the golf course but this makes it possible for me to do that.

Why did I not get a synthetic green?

I just don’t think synthetic greens are anywhere near real putting greens.  Plus, I love growing grass, it’s one of the most rewarding things to do when you see your seeds grow.

 

Anyways, I will have an updated photo/video of my new putting green in about 10 days when it should have grown fully.

 

 

 

 

 

BMW Championship and FedEx Cup Playoffs Recap by PGATOUR.com

Monday, September 8th, 2008

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Here’s a good video on the re-cap of this week BMW Championships and the FedEx Cup standings.

Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia battle it out at the Barclays FedEx Cup Playoff!

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Vijay Singh wins the FedEx Cup at Barclays by beating Sergio Garcia in a playoff.

He does it in style by making two consecutive birdies at hole 18 and 17 while Sergio Garcia makes one birdie but comes up short on number 17 with an errant drive and errant lay-up shot while Vijay is on the green in two.

I think it was a great finish by both players although I would have loved it if Sergio Garcia came through.

Unfortunately, Sergio Garcia seemed to have got the worst of luck this year, losing almost every tournament that he should have won.

Congratulations to both Vijay and Sergio, you guys both deserve some loud round of applause.

Watch the FedEx Cup at Barclays Live!

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Remember, you can watch the FedEx Cup at Barclays live over at PGA Tour.com.

Here’s the link to watch the FedEx Cup at Barclays LIVE:

Watch FedEx Cup at Barclays LIVE on the internet

FedEx Cup – Steve Stricker at the top of the leaderboard

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Steve Stricker posted a nice 7-under 64 today to finish at 10-under overall.

In the meanwhile, one of my predictions Anthony Kim shot a 4-under to finish 5-under overall.

I think there’s still too much room for many others to top Steve Stricker over the next 2 days and I think the player must have proved himself before to win.

It will be very interesting over the next two days to see who wins the last PGA tournament of the year.

My bet still goes to Anthony Kim, I hope he wins. :( )

Who will win the FedEx Cup this year?

Monday, August 18th, 2008
Who will win the FedEx Cup this year?

Who will win the FedEx Cup this year?

With the PGA Tour’s last event and last day yesterday, we are finally going to finalize this year’s PGA Tour with this week’s FedEx Cup challege.

Who will win?  Who’s your favorite picks?  Leave your picks in the comments line.

My vote goes to the young Anthony Kim or Phi Mickelson.

Tiger Woods won’t be holding a golf club until 2009!

Thursday, August 14th, 2008
Tiger Woods won't be holding a golf club until 2009!

Tiger Woods won't be holding a golf club until 2009!

It looks like Tiger Woods won’t be holding a golf club until 2009 folks.  Well, that’s what I expected after all those surgeries but the real bad news is for the PGA Tour sponsors.

With absence of Tiger Woods, TV ratings have dropped over 50% over last year.  That won’t be a big problem for most folks but for people who are sponsoring the tournaments, they are really losing 50% of their ad revenue.

What’s amazing is that a single human being can effect the TV ratings, especially when you consider the other 200 top players in the world.

Yes, most people would like to watch #1 golfer in the world, not #2 or #3.

As for waiting, I am also really tired of watching golf tournaments without Tiger.

My typical thought process when watching a major these days, “If Tiger was playing, he’s probably going to be 3 better than the field, of course leading the tournament”.

I am sure Padraig Harrington will have plenty to worry about when Tiger comes back.  In the meanwhile, he’s free to take all the freebie tournaments as he can.

Excerpt from LA Times:

“As far as swinging a club, that’s not going to happen until next year,” Woods wrote in a blog on tigerwoods.com. “I just don’t have a choice. We simply don’t know what type of swelling there would be or if there would be any residual effects the next day once you start wheeling and dealing on the knee.

Without Woods, the Nielsen ratings for the last two majors were dramatically lower, despite consecutive inspiring victories by Padraig Harrington.

The PGA Championship on CBS had a final-round overnight rating of 3.0, a drop of 55% from last year when Woods won. And the final round of the British Open on ABC had an overnight rating of 3.5, a decrease of 14.6% from last year.

If the Ryder Cup on NBC can’t deliver big numbers, without Woods, it doesn’t bode well for the upcoming FedEx Cup series, in which Woods won $10 million last year.

One thing I realized though, “Tiger Woods is golf, golf is Tiger Woods“.  Without Tiger, there would be no $10 Million in prizes, we might still have boring PGA Tour pros fighting for $1 Million.

At least for the time being that Tiger Woods is breathing, we will get to be part of golf where purses are worth 10 times more than what they should be.

AT&T National Winner – Anthony Kim!

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Anthony Kim comes up with a win at this week’s AT&T National as predicted hours before.

Anthony Kim now is 5th on the FedEx Cup rankings and also move up a lot on World Rankings.

5 birdies, 13 pars for a 5-under 66, very good stuff.

Congrats to another win Anthony and keep up your good work.

I’d definitely would like to see AT&T National to move back to Pebble Beach though.

You can check out my swing analysis of Anthony Kim here.

More Anthony Kim swing videos.

Here’s a video of Anthony Kim’s swing on the 16th hole from yesterday:

(Today, he couldn’t go for the green due to a bad tee shot but still made a great birdie)

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Interesting Golf Links for 09-17-07

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Tiger wins his 60th PGA Tour Tournament!

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Tiger wins his 60th PGA Tour Tournament!

Wow, Junger Woods has lots of catching up to do…

“If you wanted to win this tournament, you had to make putts,” Woods said. “And I just happened to make them today.”

The 63 matched Woods’ lowest final round to win, and he finished at 22-under 262 to break by five shots the 72-hole record at Cog Hill first set by Scott Hoch in 2001 and matched by Woods two years later.

And while his 60th tour victory surprised him, the amazement wore off when he was reminded that it was only 13 months ago at the Buick Open that everyone made a fuss out of Woods winning No. 50.

Baddeley gave him a good chase until he ran out of birdies on the back nine and settled for a 66. Stricker was tied for the lead until his 3-iron clipped a tree and came up well short on the 12th, leading to a bogey no one could afford. He wound up with a 68 to finish alone in third, enough for him to move up to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings.

via cnn