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My DIY Backyard Putting Green!

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#1 Majeebus

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 11:41 AM

I definitely wanted to take the time to post my backyard putting green that I just did. I will also include links to the items I purchased as well as provide some background info to anyone who would like the information.

Anyway. On to the backyard install. So my backyard started out like this:
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While my backyard looked really good initially after I bought my house those flowers in back were unfortunately "Tiger Lilys." Those things just take over everything like weeds! That said, we had to dig up all of those flowers because they were over growing. That left us with basically a mud patch back there. It looked horrible and weeds kept sprouting up anyway, so I was able to talk my fiancee into allowing me to buy an artificial putting green and fringe!

Had to dig up the back area to level the ground as best as possible:


My buddy with the plate compactor:
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After that was done we had to put the sub-base down. Sub-base was gravel mixed with paver sub-base. Used approx. 2lbs per square foot.

A look after the sub-base was done:
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And the 9x15 putting green installed:

So...Not done there. I wanted to add the fringe and one AWESOME extra:

Starting the addition (digging the hole and trench:
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Adding Sand:
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Finally, adding fringe:

Then finally got one side finished, but still had the other side.
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#2 Majeebus

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 11:47 AM

So.  I was happy with the one side but it took a year to do the other.  I had to cut all the other side's fringe and also learn how to shape brick to get everything framed right.

Starting on the other side:
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Other side mostly pinned down:
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Shaping the brick surround:
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More Shaping:
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Finally done with "phase one":
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 11:57 AM

I call that "phase one" because I originally did not cement around the cups which allowed water to get into the subbase and literally render my putting green nothing more than a chipping green because you couldn't make putts (it was too bumpy).

Then I decided to rip everything up and make it right this time.  I cemented around the cups:
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Then found a GREAT product to ensure subbase stability.  It's called Brock Paver base.  I littearlly just needed 1/2 of leveling sand and the Brock base sat on that!  So I then Nailed the base down:
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Then put the putting green back over and buttoned everything up:
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I could finally putt again!

Not done....I have some paver base panels left and some rough so I decided to make my first tee box:
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Finally, I made the teebox look awesome!:
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So....that brings us up to present for my back yard putting green.  I intend to make two more teeboxes...and get a golf course ball cleaner to set out there etc....Then to pretty everything else up after.

Right now though I'm just happy with it!

Let me know what you all think!

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 12:28 PM

Awesome!

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 12:52 PM

Great project, I am very jealous!

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 05:43 PM

Well done!
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 06:50 PM

Dont be jealous thos is something anyone can do and if done on your own is pretty inexpensive..thanks for the positive remarks also guys I appreciate it!

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 06:53 PM

I just finished building a 300sqft paver patio so this doesn't seem bad at all.

How much is the Brock Base and where did you get the turf from? I would want good turf.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 09:06 PM

The base panelsi got at home depot..to cover 9x15ft was $365.
I also got the. Green andrough from home depot.  Its from aplace called starpro greens.  I realy like the quality.  For the green it was $699 and 10x15 for rough
was around 650 on top.  Cost me a total of about $1700 or so.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 11:31 PM

Nice work!  Saw your post on the other site you posted on too.  So, could you have gotten away with just compacting the soil, then putting the half inch of leveling sand below the pavers?  Did you have to fill in the gaps or anything between the pavers to ensure a totally flat surface?

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 06:57 AM

Actually, no.  The brock panels make up for up to a quarter inch difference.  If I would have known about the brock panels two years ago i would have used them.  They eliminate the need to dig deep fjll with 4 to 6 inches of aggregate then do heavy compaction.  Here u just need to clear ground compact add 1/2 inch leveling sand level light compact install panels then put green over.

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 07:11 AM

Great job, wish I could do that!
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Posted 22 May 2018 - 07:12 AM

Also...you should install panels differently from brocks directions.  I took six inch wave galvanized timber spikes and nailed the panels down after lining up.  The reason i recommend this is because they are designed to have heavy pavers on them so their directions wouldnt apply.  One thing I was going to try instead of nailing each one down was to take a staple gun that uses outward bending staples and staple each panel tight to each other panel.  That would maintain the benefit of the brock panels acting as a floatin subbase.  

If the timber spikes ever come up Ill start replacing with those staples.  I dont know that Ill need to though.

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 03:34 PM

Awsome when a vision comes together, well done!!!

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 11:51 AM

Thank you!  That is a very accurate statement!  It does feel nice when something you've been planning actually works out!


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 12:55 PM

Definitely need one of these LOL

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 10:42 AM

what did you use to cut the holes in the paver base?

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 12:10 PM

This is amazing.  Bunker and everything.  Definitely need one of these
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Posted 24 May 2018 - 02:58 PM

Just a regular carpet cutter.  Cuts pretty easy.  Now those cuts werent perfect but I found golf cup lips that are thin plastic and line the area between the top of the cup and the surface.

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 11:44 AM

Finally got around to making a few videos of me chipping and putting on my green.
Putting:
https://www.youtube....h?v=iPS8IPwJ2Co

Chipping:
https://www.youtube....h?v=XzwvT9DPfgM

Chipping 2:
https://www.youtube....h?v=q39HiYp2Jvs

As you can see on the last one....I hit a really high chip from 20 yards out and was still able to hold the green without the ball bouncing up in the air and off the green, so I'm really happy with how it's performance is...


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Posted 23 October 2018 - 12:12 PM

Good stuff Majeebus!

DIY is awesome.

What was your total cost?

It looks like you have another area in front of the 'teebox' ... Are you going to put more 'turf' down there to give yourself different chipping distances?

Now that you've used  it, would you make the putting green bigger in hindsight? It looks like you had room to extend it back further and could have moved the 'teebox' further along the side fence too so you'd have a bigger putting green for practising lag putting and a longer chipping set up too. Thoughts?

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 12:15 PM

 Majeebus, on 23 October 2018 - 11:44 AM, said:

Finally got around to making a few videos of me chipping and putting on my green.
Putting:
https://www.youtube....h?v=iPS8IPwJ2Co

Chipping:
https://www.youtube....h?v=XzwvT9DPfgM

Chipping 2:
https://www.youtube....h?v=q39HiYp2Jvs

As you can see on the last one....I hit a really high chip from 20 yards out and was still able to hold the green without the ball bouncing up in the air and off the green, so I'm really happy with how it's performance is...

Nice work dude!

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 07:58 PM

Wow! DIY of the Year!

Great job!

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 08:49 PM

great tip on the concrete around the holes!  Nice job
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Posted 24 October 2018 - 07:21 AM

Hey hack.  Thanks for the feedback!  Next year I'm going to make a few more tee boxes.  These are the red tees (girl tees)  ill do one five yards back for white then one a little further and off to the side for blues.  

I'm definitely happy with the green size.  I use it more for chipping and practice putting more for aim than anything. Longest putt is 14 feet.  I have the best thing ever in the house for practicing lag putting.  It's called the puttist.  I can putt on that up to 45 feet and change stimps!

I got this size too because all the putting greens you see in backyards are the typical big green little fringe around.  I wanted lots of rough and sand trap with a green in the middle so I like the way it looks as well.

Total cost was around 1500 or so.


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Posted 24 October 2018 - 07:24 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind remarks.  Also I forgot in May I did the costing and it was more like 1700 for the cost.

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Posted 25 October 2018 - 04:39 PM

Amazing work! Thank you for sharing


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Posted 27 October 2018 - 09:39 PM

sweet job....May want to add some beer holders too!!!!
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Posted 31 October 2018 - 11:30 AM

 golf9596, on 27 October 2018 - 09:39 PM, said:

sweet job....May want to add some beer holders too!!!!
I'm actually going to have a golf hole sign done up saying "hole 19 Par 2 1/2 then next to it have an authentic golf ball cleaner near the tee boxes (like on a real golf course).  Under the tree I'm going to have a nice bench then also a golf course igloo water cooler container with the water cooler in it.  When we have parties I'll just put the beer in there.  It'll definately be cool.

I'm definately creating a "party pad" back yard.  I've got a hot tub and outdoor furniture overlooking the other side of the pergola that has a massive outdoor projector screen for movies....Then the putting green...

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 07:42 AM

 Majeebus, on 31 October 2018 - 11:30 AM, said:

 golf9596, on 27 October 2018 - 09:39 PM, said:

sweet job....May want to add some beer holders too!!!!
I'm actually going to have a golf hole sign done up saying "hole 19 Par 2 1/2 then next to it have an authentic golf ball cleaner near the tee boxes (like on a real golf course).  Under the tree I'm going to have a nice bench then also a golf course igloo water cooler container with the water cooler in it.  When we have parties I'll just put the beer in there.  It'll definately be cool.

I'm definately creating a "party pad" back yard.  I've got a hot tub and outdoor furniture overlooking the other side of the pergola that has a massive outdoor projector screen for movies....Then the putting green...

That sounds awesome!  Enjoy every moment of it!

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