DIY SYNTHETIC PUTTING GREEN KITS
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TJB-INC offers Synthetic Putting Green kits for people who enjoy hands on projects and the satisfaction of "doing it themselves". We offer our putting green surfaces in 12' or 15' widths. Lengths can be as short as 1' or as long as 100'. We also sell 3 styles of premium fringe which also doubles as a top-quality replacement for real grass in situations where synthetic turf is desired.
Unlike our on-line competitors, we provide you with the most detailed information on each of the synthetic products that we sell so you can know exactly what you are purchasing. Use our information when shopping the different on-line stores. We sell direct from the mills, no middle men to mark up the products. Most turf orders will take about 7-10 business days to arrive at your location after placing your order.
All of the surfaces we sell are 1st run production products. We do not sell or ship 2nds, Returns, Clearance or Close Outs Specials. All of our synthetic surfaces are covered by the manufacturer's pro-rated warranties.
• Nylon & Nylon sand-filled synthetic turfs have "memory." The fibers are heat-set during the manufacturing process at 230 degrees and will resist becoming matted down by springing back to their original upright position for many years of enjoyable play.
• Nylon synthetic turfs are much denser than our polypropylene sand-filled turfs. That is why our nylon products require zero to minimal amounts of in-fill. You can add in-fill materials if you wish to speed up the playing speed of the green if so desired or to add balast to help hold the material down..
• Nylon is also a much stronger fiber than polypropylene and will resist fading and wear in all weather conditions. This is why the pro-rated fade warrantee period is always longer for nylon, 8 yrs vs. 5 yrs.
• Our sand filled nylon products have been specifically designed as excellent all-purpose turfs. They give you the best of both worlds - excellent shot receiving and superb putting performance. In addition, by adding a small amount of in-fill to your putting green, you can increase the ball speed of your green.
• Nylon synthetic turf does not require maintenance after it is installed, unless you add sand or other in-fill during the installation.
• Whether you choose an in-filled or non in-filled nylon turf, the surface of your green can be cleared of debris easily, by either blowing or sweeping off the surface.
Other benefits of Nylon include:
- Turf is denser than polypropylene
- Requires zero to minimal sand-fill for play
- Resists fading and wear better in all weather conditions
- Stronger fiber than polypropylene
- Excellent shot receiving AND putting performance
- No maintenance required if not sand-filled
- Can be maintained by blowing, sweeping, or vacuuming
- Highly recommended for putting and short chipping
Nylon turf requires greater care in seaming, but proper installation will hide the seam well. It may be installed in many environments, including indoors.
• Polypropylene is a form of plastic. Most traditional polypropylene turfs require some in-fill to perform well. The newest polypropylene surface does not require usual in-fill to stand the fibers up because they are omni-directional like a premium nylon surface.
• There are a couple of reasons why you need in-fill in a Traditional polypropylene turf. The most important reason is because the fibers cannot stand upright on their own. In-fill is also required to help prevent the fibers from becoming matted down. Adding the wrong in-fill to a putting green will equate to periodic maintenance, despite claims to the contrary.
• Heavily sand-filled traditional poly greens can become hard over time, and will require a little more maintenance to provide good performance. These sand-filled turf products require 2-12 pounds of sand per sq. ft. (depending upon fiber length), and must be brushed and re-filled with sand if the sand-fill becomes compacted or washed away.
To help eliminate the compaction issuses, try to use a uniform sized material for your in-filling applications. It will cost a little more, but it will not compact.
• With the right sand-fill, Traditional polypropylene provides an excellent surface for receiving long approach shots. (The sand-fill helps disperse the energy of a ball when hit into a green from any significant distance.) The longer the fiber (IE: >2”), the more sand in-fill and the better holding capability the green will have for long chip shots (over 150 yds).
• Putting on a sand-filled turf does have a drawback however. If not installed correctly, you might experience a "grainy" effect when you putt on a sand-filled turf. This means that the ball will roll faster with the grain than against the grain. This effect will occur with most polypropylene products that you choose reguardless of fiber length. The exception to this is our latest omni-directional polypropylene putting green turf. The only in-fill required is for balast to help hold the surface down. The fibers have been heat treated so the surface plays like a premium nylon green.
Both Polypropylene (Traditional & Omni-Directional) have many benefits, beginning with low cost. Other advantages are:
- It is fairly easy to seam
- It hides the seam well when installed properly
- It can be installed in many different environments
- It has a good UVA resistance factor
- It holds up well in all climates
- It is highly recommended for practicing chipping and putting up to 50 yards.
Note: Traditional Polypropylene turf has about a 4 to 6 week break-in period which may be accelerated by rolling or light plate tamping.
TJB-INC sells both Nylon & Polypropylene putting green surfaces factory direct.
NOTE: Be aware, companies that market only Polypropylene greens will tell you how great their product is and how terrible Nylon is. The same is true for companies that market only Nylon greens. Each type of green has its Pros & Cons depending upon its use. Please use the above information & article below to help make your decision.
SYNTHETIC FRINGE & TURF GRASS
- TJB-INC also carries several styles of Fringe/Lawn turf.
- We have dual-color, single-color or no thatch layer turf
- Dual color or single color grass fiber up to 2" in length
- Some are polypropylene, polyethelene, or blended fibers of both
- Our synthetic fringe/turf's have "water control" perferations in their backings to allow 100 gallons of water per square yard per hour to drain into the turfs substrate below.
- All products are safe for use with children and pets.
- Great for golf fringe, home lawns, dog runs/yard, pool decks, wood porch surfacing & more!
- Animal solid waste can easily be pick-up without any residual staining to the turf surface.
- Liquid waste can be quickly rinsed & drained away in to the substrate below. (use an emzine product to help break down excess urine to control any odors)
Due to the longer length of our premium turfs (1¾"), seaming is very easy and can be hidden very well. Our turfs have polyurethane secondary backings, so that any brand of exterior carpet glue can be used to make your seams with a seaming cloth as a binder material. (Just make sure to check the glue's label to verify that it is for polyurethane backed carpets & exterior use)
Areas of the country with prohibitive water restrictions, will find our synthetic turfs as a great alternative to dead, dry grass, crushed stone, or bare dirt. Perfect for adding a different texture and color to Xeriscaping designs.
With the new health concerns over recycled rubber, the thick nylon "spring set" thatch layer allows our premium fringe/turfs to be installed with little to no rubber crumb and still provide a soft comfortable surface for bare feet.
See each product's description for more detailed information & complete product specifications
Contact us directly if you have any further questions at 203-287-0636 or tjb@TJB-INC.com
If you would like a free copy of our installation instructions, please E-Mail your request to the address above and I will reply with a Microsoft Word 2003 attachment. If you do not have Microsoft Word, please let me know and I will cut and paste the instructions into the body of the reply.
Polypropylene Greens vs. Nylon Greens
One of the biggest mysteries of synthetic
greens is this question: Which surface to use for a backyard putting green? This
decision is a lot easier than some will have you believe. In this article we
will explore these surfaces to give you a clearer understanding of which of the
surfaces will work best for your application.
The first thing to remember that you are making a
smaller backyard replica of a real grass putting green like you would find at
any golf course. Real country club greens are from 3000 sqft up to over
9000 sqft. You are probably thinking of installing a green that is
10% of this size so you will have to dial back your expectations. Unless
you have a perfect shot, a 12’ x 12’ green is not going to hold a ball that is
hit from 20 yards away unless you have a great back spin on the ball. The
farther away that you want to hit onto the green from, the larger the green
surface needs to be in order to hold the ball on the green surface unless you
make a hole-in-one! Smaller sized greens are best for practicing your short
game putts instead of as a target for a long distance chip or drive shot.
Let’s start with taking an up close and personal look at both
Polypropylene Putting Greens: Polypropylene is just a fancy word for a type of plastic. Plastic
in this form does not have memory in the fibers. Not having memory in it makes
the turf want to lay down (in one direction like a 1970’s shag carpet) which
creates an unplayable surface. To correct this, you have to brush ‘infill’ into the
turf with sand.
The sand gets packed from the bottom up and in
doing so ‘straightens’ the fibers, removing the laying down and getting rid of
most of the grain/nap. Depending on the length of the fibers (pile height) you
will need anywhere from 3 pounds up to 10 pounds of infill sand per square
foot. But, this amount of sand will have a tendency to pack, blow around, or
wash out of the green. To avoid this from happening, use a more angular infill
product like coal or copper slag (IE: Black Beauty Medium Grit 30/50). This
infill product will not move as easily as plain sand reducing the amount of
Expect to pay between $2.30 up to $4.50 per square
foot for the polypropylene (turf only).
If installed correctly, these greens will roll at
8 – 10 on the stimpmeter and have a 5 year pro-rated fade warrantee.
Benefits: Less expensive than other surfaces. The
amount of sand on these greens allows the green to receive shots from any
distance. The sand gives you a ‘beach-like’ affect where the sand absorbs the
energy of the golf ball and thus makes the ball stop rolling. The
thicker the sand, the greater distance you can hit on to the green from and
still have the ball not bounce off.
to install sand-filled greens may need some after care which might turn some
golfers away. Some customers have complained that the golf ball osculate
(wiggle side to side) on this surface when putting. This is from not getting
the polypropylene fiber to stand up perfectly straight. For fiber
lengths greater than ¾”, the density of the fibers is less, which compromises
the playability of the putting surface.
(non-filled) Polypropylene Putting Greens: This is a
newer product to the synthetic putting green market. One manufacturer has discovered a way
to make a polypropylene surface that the fibers stand up without the need of
supporting infill. Each
leaf on the grass is now a 5000 Denier which is 20 times thicker and larger
than the typical polypropylene yarn. The polypropylene fibers are tufted
into a very high density (face weight) which allows the fibers to be very close to each other
and you finish up with a product that does not require infill material and has
a faster, smoother surface similar to a nylon green. Since
polypropylene fibers are less expensive than nylon, this style green has the
playability of nylon, but at a lower price point.
Expect to pay between $3.00 up to $3.75 per square foot for the
polypropylene (turf only).
If installed correctly, these greens will roll at
9 – 11 on the stimpmeter and have a 5 year pro-rated fade warrantee.
Benefits: It is very easy to install this type of surface. This
green has an Omni-Directional ball roll (which was unheard of on polypropylene
greens until now). The surface has better foot traction than traditional
polypropylene and will last longer in high use areas. The new
“Spring Set” yarn always looks new & fresh. Sand infill can be added to add
ballast to hold the green down in high wind conditions or to conform to
undulations in the base. This surface will hold shots from over 100 yards out with only 2.5
lbs per sqft of 70 mesh (Extra Fine or “00”) sand. (Note: Infill must be
vibrated in, not swept like traditional polypropylene greens.)
Drawbacks: Will not hold its' color as long than a nylon green when installed in a sunny location.
Putting Greens: Nylon is
also a type of plastic but unlike polypropylene, memory can be burned into
nylon fibers. With this ability the manufacturers make the nylon where it
stands up on its own. Add to this the fact that nylon can be tufted into a very
high density (face weight) which allows the fibers to be close to each other
and you finish up with a product that does not need infill material and a
faster, smoother surface. How this is achieved is by subjecting the very top of the fibers
to a 230 degree heat source for a split second which curls the ends of the
fibers creating the “memory” in the fibers. This
memory is what creates the Omni-directional surface that make nylon greens such
a desirable playing surface.
(Note: You may still need about 1-2 pounds of infill
material for this surface. This is only to add weight to the turf as ballast or
to force the backing to follow the slopes and undulations of your putting green
Expect to pay from $4.50 to $7.00 per square foot
for the nylon putting surface (turf only).
This material has a roll out speed (when you open
the roll of turf) of 9 -12 on the stimpmeter and has an 8 year pro-rated fade
Benefits: The nylon
putting surface needs very little aftercare and you will only need a leaf
blower to keep the green clean.(At TJB-INC, we use a vacuum cleaner to clean
our nylon display green.) Nylon greens have a smooth Omni-directional roll of the ball and
controlling the speed of the green in the long run is easier to maintain.
Drawbacks: Without infill,
this material does not hold a ball as well from more than 30 feet out unless
the green is large enough in size to contain ball roll-out.
Concerns with Synthetic Putting Greens: To keep a clean, playable surface
year after year, TJB-INC has some advice for you. A hand or backpack
blower will assist in clearing off any debris that might have settled on to
your green surface each week. I know this sounds funny, but on nylon greens, we
use a bag less vacuum cleaner to clean the surface. We found that this method
will do a better job of cleaning up stuck debris, but does not remove the
in-fill material. If you have any nearby small needled evergreens (spruce, fir,
hemlock, etc) or deciduous trees that have catkins (seed pods) in the spring,
this cleaning method seems to work better than a blower. A vacuum does a better
job of un-sticking evergreen needles & spring catkins. It might look a
little strange and your neighbors will think you’re a little eccentric, but it
putting green surface and infill (if used) are inorganic and will not support
weeds. It is very important
to remove all organic debris as soon as it lands on the putting green surface
(this includes pollen in the spring especially from White Pine trees). If organic compounds are allowed to
build up, they will decompose and create compost. Then, any seed that lands on the
surface of your putting green now has the ability to root into the
compost. TJB-INC has found
that regular vacuuming does a great job of removing organic compounds from the
fibers. If weeds do grow
from the surface of your putting green, you can use a product like Round-Up vegetation
control to kill them. Remember
to remove the dying plant tissue so it doesn’t decay and turn to compost or you
will have bigger weeds with deeper roots the next time around.
suggests covering your green with a plastic tarp during times of high pollen,
needle, seed-pod, or leaf drop. It
will help keep your maintenance down to a minimum and allow you to enjoy your
& animal droppings, remove the larger clumps. A little warm water will
dilute the remaining mess. Use a paper towel to blot up the mess. A shop-vac would be the best to remove
all traces of any organic matter. To
help prevent this, trim back or remove any branches that overhang your putting
green that a bird can perch on and release a "dump".
mold, or algae have started to develop on the surface, you are in for a long
battle. First, algae and moss grow on surfaces, not from surfaces. If
conditions warrant, they will grow anywhere like patios, siding, roofs,
driveways, lawns, and yes … putting greens (real & synthetic).
It does not matter if the surface
was a polypropylene, nylon, or a hybrid. If conditions are right, moss, mold,
and algae will grow. Try to allow as much sunlight to reach the green as
possible. Wind flow is very important as well. Trim back trees & shrubs to allow
natural wind currents to dry out the surface area of the green. Many golf courses
use fans to keep the surface of their natural greens dry to prevent fungus and
very important to make sure your irrigation system does not wet the playing
surface of your green on a regular basis. The continued moist conditions will
quickly add moss & algae on your
playing surface even in direct sunlight. If moss & algae have become a
problem, try using a 10% solution of bleach & water or hydrogen peroxide to
Note: Try a small area first to see if the green surface will discolor.
Centers sell a moss & algae remover that people have said they have had
success with. TJB-INC uses
& sells a product called “TerraCyte”
that works the best.
have had the misfortune of having a burrowing animal tunnel under your green
surface or major frost heaves, then more in-depth repairs will be necessary. If
you are capable of this work yourself, then roll back the green surface.
Re-grade the heaved, or burrowed areas with an iron grading rake. Compact the
area with a hand or gas-tamp. Pull the green surface back and check the playing
surface. This sounds simple, but can be very involved depending upon the damage
done. It might be best to hire a professional putting green installer to do the
your synthetic putting green is a form of plastic and will melt if exposed to a
high heat source. These
include some reflections from E-Glass windows, hot mufflers, and especially lit
cigarettes. Yes cigarettes! If some idiot drops a lit cigarette or
hot ashes on to your green, you run the risk of the fibers melting and damaging
the playing surface. This cannot
be repaired. Heat
damage is permanent! Make
your green a no smoking area to prevent this from happening to your playing
We get a
lot of questions about chipping on to the green surfaces, and which surface
material is the best to purchase. We advise customers that size of
the green is more important than the style of putting green surface. When
you play at a golf course, the greens are between 3,000 to 9,000
sqft. There is plenty of room to hold almost any type of shot. If
you install a green in your yard, it will most likely be much smaller in
size. All of our synthetic putting green surfaces will hold a chip
shot, but not if your green is 12' x 12' and you are chipping from 150 yds
out. To hold a chip shot from 60 yds out, you should have at least 600
sqft of putting green surface to handle the ball's roll-out (unless you have a
perfect back-spin on the ball). Smaller greens are great for putting
practice and Bump & Runs. For long shots, it would be more cost
efficient to place a target (broomstick or flag) in your yard and chip to it
since you are mainly working on distance & target training. Use your putting
green to specifically work on your short game.
A Nylon surface
will always give you the most realistic putting green surface
hands down. They are Omni-directional with no grain to affect ball roll.
If chipping is
important, a nylon surface will accept short shots but because of the
limited amount of in-fill used, it will not necessarily hold long shots on to
the green. Size of the green is the most important factor. If you install a
smaller sized green (15' x 15') and chip from 20 yds, you might have too much ball
roll if you do not put a spin on the ball. The farther the chip shot is
going to be, the larger your putting green surface needs to be to contain the
roll out or choose a putting green surface that has more infill which diffuses
the force of the shot and allows the ball to "stick" better to the
sand-filled polypropylene greens are great for accepting shots from long
distances but in my opinion, you sacrifice some of the putting surface
roll. Traditional poly surfaces have a grain that needs to be
removed (straightened) by sweeping infill between the fibers that stand
them straight up. If done correctly, it is an ok surface for putting but
excellent for holding chip shots. Traditional Poly greens are less
expensive to purchase but require additional time and labor to install over
nylon surfaces. The latest Omni-Directional polypropylene surface
will install & play just like their nylon counterparts but will not last as
long as a nylon surface in sunlight.
As far as
fringe turf goes, a non-rectangle green will have a lot of wasted fringe
material over a rectangle shape. The best way to plan, is by using pieces
of paper and make it to scale. Lay out your green, and then overlay a
rectangle shaped paper to simulate the fringe turf. You will find that
there is a lot of wasted material when making the green non-rectangle.
But since you are only going to do this once, make it the way you really want
it if budget allows. If you go over budget, then cut back on the
fringe material or use natural grass seed or sod as your
fringe. Just pick a type that can handle lower cutting heights (1" -
1¾") and install some sort of irrigation to keep it moist during the hot
For indoor applications: Select
wide OnePutt surfaces
For DIY on a budget: Select
or 15' wide Traditional Poly or Omni-Directional 77 Poly
For the best overall
putting surface: Select the 15' wide 9/16" Premium Nylon
For Fringe: Pick
one that you like the best!