In previous posts we covered the rise in popularity of synthetic turf applications for many differnet industries and many different applications.  Today we take a deep dive into how the golf industry is using sythetic turf to imporve player experience and to help save the environment.  While synthetic turf is typically identified with athletic fields or landscaping, golf applications is a rapidly expanding sector of our industry. From serious golfers looking to fine-tune their scoring skills to players experiencing the game for the first time, a growing number of people are using synthetic grass to improve their golfing experience. Traditional golf courses and backyard greens have been incorporating synthetic grass to create an attractive, environmentally-friendly solution that stands up to wear and tear unlike normal grass would.

Enhancing golf courses

While many golf courses are recognized for their spectacular landscapes, concerns have been raised about the amount of water needed to keep venues green. A June 2008 National Public Radio story called “Water-Thirsty Golf Courses Need to Go Green” reported “Audubon International estimates that the average American golf course uses 312,000 gallons of water per day. In a place like Palm Springs, where 57 golf courses challenge the desert, each course eats up a million gallons a day. That is, each course each day in Palm Springs consumes as much water as an American family of four uses in four years.”

Because of this more golf facilities are turning to synthetic tee lines to save water and create relief for natural grass that can’t sustain daily play.  Its very common at many courses around the country to switch to synthetic grass tee lines for the driving ranges.  Because driving ranges see significant wear and tear from player practice synthetic turf is a perfect option.

Synthetic grass has also been used to improve the aesthetics of high-use areas. Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey County, California, host of five U.S. Open Championships, is considered to be one of the greatest public golf courses in America. When the worn car path behind the 18th hole needed to be modified they wereto match ground colors and install synthetic grass in the area, reducing maintenance needs in the process.

Backyard golf facilities

Any golfer will improve their game with practice. Now a growing number of enthusiasts are installing synthetic grass greens in their backyards to increase practice time without leaving the comfort of home.  Golfers are a group that spare no expense when it comes to the sport they love.  While most homes will buy a 1,000 to 1,500 foot green, we are now installing 50 to 60 full-blown par3’s a year with proper tee boxes – this trend represents how serious golfers will customize their ultimate practice experience in the future

Scottsdale, Arizona a golfer recently turned a non-usable areas of his backyard into an entertainment complex for the whole family. He built a complete par 3 course! Adding lush synthetic grass to the desert scape has also allowed the family to enjoy activities like volleyball and bocce ball and it helps keep temps cooler in the backyard.

Making golf accessible

Synthetic grass installations and innovations are making golf accessible for more people. Last year, many projects were completed but a 12,000 sq ft installation for the Golf Learning Center at Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco stood out to us the most.  The first of its kind nationwide, the Learning Center was purposely built in one of San Francisco’s most under-served communities to help bring golf to inner city youth as part of the First Tee Program of San Francisco.