Making a Golf Putting Green - Knowledgebase Question

Piscataway, NJ
Question by chrisklemm
April 10, 2000
I would like to put a one hole golf course in my backyard. I would like to know what varieties of grass I should use for the fairway and for the green. Most things I read say that grass should not be mowed too short, but this will not work for the fairway or the green. What is the secret to a good, short, healthy fairway and green?


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Answer from NGA
April 10, 2000

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There's a whole description of how to build a golf green in the book, "A Man's Turf: The Perfect Lawn", by Warren Schultz (Clarkson Potter Pub. New York, 1999). He suggests using creeping bentgrass in the north. (Southern gardeners should use hybrid Bermudagrass.) Installation and maintenance for this type of "lawn" is pretty demanding. You'll need to put some time in up front to provide good drainage, then level the area. Schultz recommends excavating the area, putting in drainage tile, adding a layer of gravel, then a layer of sand, then topping it off with topsoil. In the summer greens may need watering twice daily.

I hope this helps.

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