As an avid golfer, you may be looking for ways you can increase your time on the green and improve your short game. One desirable option is to install a custom-designed putting green in your own backyard, allowing you to practice your technique whenever you have a moment to spare.
But how much does a putting green cost?
Since no two St. Louis backyards are identical, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all price for backyard putting greens. Variables like terrain, grading, and soil type can differ greatly throughout the Midwest, and the greater St. Louis area overall, which can affect the final price of your project.
That said, we don’t think you’d want it any other way. After all, why would you want a cookie-cutter solution instead of the perfect putting turf application for your St. Louis property?
However, we understand the need to plan and budget for the putting green you desire, so to ensure you feel confident in your decision to install a putting green, we’ve put together a list of factors that can affect the putting green installation cost.
1. Type of Putting Green
When designing your at-home putting green, you need to determine the ideal putting surface. There are three different options for you to choose from, each of which comes at varying price points.
The most common choice for backyard putting greens is synthetic turf, which offers a high-quality appearance and a softer surface that is ideal for putting and chipping. You can also opt for natural grass which cuts down on the cost of installation but requires more maintenance overall. Each option affects the total cost of your project, which is why it’s important to determine what is most important for your putting green installation.
We find that home synthetic putting green installation ends up paying for itself in the long run, due to the virtually nonexistent maintenance costs like the fertilization, aeration, mowing, and watering required for natural grass putting greens.
2. Size of Putting Green
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the size of your backyard putting green will impact the overall cost of installation. Yard sizes and overall square footage of the landscape determine how large your putting green can be — often the larger your backyard is, the lower the cost per square foot the synthetic turf will be.
When we give you a putting green installation estimate, we’ll ask questions like: Do you want your entire backyard to be a putting green? Are you looking to create a small area dedicated to your short game without taking over the entire backyard?
Whether you’re looking to create a real-size putting green or opting for a smaller area, there is a lot of versatility when it comes to the size of your turf putting green that is dependent on the average backyard size. To accurately determine the cost of your greens installed, you will need to account for the square footage of the area where you are building the putting green.
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3. Site Preparation
Putting green installation isn’t as simple as ripping up the natural grass and laying down synthetic turf in its place. There is a lot of prep work required to prepare the site, ensuring you have a high-quality install that leaves you satisfied for many years to come.
Before the installation process begins, we will prep the ground by turning the soil, leveling the area, and determining the putting green boundaries. You may even need to add fill dirt to help even out the area and create the ideal base for your artificial turf.
To prepare the ground, we will use a variety of tools and equipment. If any obstacles make it difficult for the required equipment to access your backyard, you may find yourself dealing with slightly higher costs as it will take longer to complete the job.
4. Additional Features
Although incorporating additional putting green features doesn’t affect the actual cost of the artificial turf, it will impact the overall cost of the project. Determine if you are going to install a standard putting green that allows you to improve your putting and chipping, or if you want to enhance your turf putting green by adding in obstacles such as water hazards or sandpits. These additional features will impact the design of the project, as well as the necessary materials to bring your vision to life.
A do-it-yourself putting green will be the cheapest option, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best way. Although labor will always increase the overall cost of your project, it can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run. Not only are you paying for a professional who has access to the necessary tools and equipment to increase the efficiency of the installation job, but you’re also guaranteeing the end-quality of your putting turf. Believe us, it’s all too common to sink your teeth into a DIY project, only for something to go awry that ends up draining your wallet or ruining the project altogether.
By investing in a professional putting green installation, you can have peace of mind knowing it was installed correctly and won’t require repair or replacement due to not being secured correctly the first time around.
While there is no cookie-cutter price for installing a putting green in your backyard, you can expect to pay anywhere from $18 to $25 per square foot.
Taking that into account, as well as the factors mentioned above, you’ll be able to get an estimated synthetic putting green cost.
If you’re interested in creating the backyard putting green of your dreams, submit a contact form with us today!