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How to Choose a Putting Green CompanyDecember 13th, 2006
If you do a search for “backyard putting greens,” you will most likely find handfuls of companies making the same promises. Each manufacturer will claim to have the most realistic materials and advanced installation techniques. As there aren’t any comparison resources available on the internet, here are some tips to find exactly what you are looking for in a putting green company.
You can start your shopping by obtaining price quotes from various firms in your area. If you know the dimensions and type of backyard putting green you are looking for, most companies should be able to offer reliable quotes with materials and installation charges. While you are obtaining price quotes, make sure to ask plenty of questions of your putting green company to determine what your best options are.
After obtaining this initial information, you may want to ask around for recommendations. If your friends or family have installed backyard putting greens, ask if they are happy with their investment. When you come across a nice synthetic green at a golf course or resort, consider talking to the personnel about their experiences.
At this point, you have probably narrowed down your options a bit more. To directly compare how each manufacturer’s material will hold up, try to obtain some samples of different synthetic turfs. Even a small square will allow you to compare how the individual grass blades will react and how realistic the surface will feel.
Perhaps the most important research you can do is the analysis of existing examples of the company’s work. Many websites will have photos of projects undertaken by each firm, but by visiting an existing installation you will see the product as it would be on your own property (if you are lucky, you will be able to putt on it also).
After talking to different companies, you should be able to determine which companies really know their product. The best of the best will offer a diversity of materials for different uses, i.e. synthetic turfs designed specifically for putting or approach play. They will be able to analyze your needs and develop a putting green that fits your property, blends in with your existing landscaping and performs to your highest expectations. Always remember that if a company’s claims seem too good to be true, they probably are.
If you follow these simple tips when looking for the perfect putting green for your home or business, you definitely won’t be disappointed when it comes time to pull out the putter.
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