Anatomy of a Golf Green

Our client Kyle reached out to IntelliTurf New England to build a custom putting green in his back yard. After meeting Kyle, looking at his land and reviewing his budget, we recommended a 300-square-foot golf green with 225 square feet of fringe. The fringe is an integral part of a putting green complex, ensuring it looks and plays like an actual green. Any golf player knows that the short game around the greens is the best way to reduce strokes and improve one’s score. So, adding a significant amount of fringe is a key component in improving golf game efficiency. And better play around your backyard putting green means better golf scores all around.

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Elements of Consideration

When creating a golf green, there were a few essential components to consider. To start, we needed slope. The slope determines pace and break, depending which angle you are playing from. The key to a good putter is being able to read the pace and break of a putt. A downhill slippery putt needs to be handled delicately, a fact that is paramount to understanding the pace or speed of a putt. Since this putt is always downhill, the ideal surface for the slope is down direction of the blades of grass. We replicate this natural effect by rolling our golf green turf to bend the blades for optimal downhill play. Adversely, an uphill putt into the blades is slow.

Synthetic grass can be molded to accommodate your uphill and downhill game with ease, whether you need a left-to-right breaking putt or a right-to-left breaking putt, slow or fast, from any angle.


If you’ve dreamed of hitting the links in your own back yard, contact IntelliTurf New England for a quote on professional backyard putting green installation.