What should you expect from a professional putting green team?
To help you distinguish a professional and experienced putting green install team from a new and inexperienced team, we created an easy checklist to go by. Rely on this list to qualify installers and supervise your projects, as this is our basic checklist for projects as well.
These four points are critical to customer satisfaction and the life of the entire project.
Test the soil
First, inspect the soil to determine how to prepare the base. Some projects require additional excavation and weed treatment. When neglected, the entire site becomes hilly or attacked by aggressive weeds, ruining the job in just a few years.
Grade the area
Speak with your client to create a surface that matches the skill and design perception of the player. We often see putting greens where the ball cannot be placed on the surface and rolls by itself, where the area is just flat and boring, or when the surface is so to challenging to play on its not fun anymore. These are costly mistakes.
This sounds silly, but contours are critical to the gaming experience. When discussing contours, imagine yourself playing. Walk the field, see if it is the game experience that you are looking for.
Share the schedule of work with your client
A client should know the stages of the project to confirm the details are on time.
Invite a client to approve main thresholds
Every so often, clients complain that it was too late to make a change. Make sure your clients know when to make a final decision on grading and contours. Protect yourself with this written statement.
We use three layers for base preparation: road base, decomposed granite, and sand.
A solid fundament of 2-4″ is compacted every two inches in landscaping manner, in both directions.
Decomposed granite 1/4-1″
This seals the top of the road base and fine-tunes grading.
A thin 1/8” layer of sand eliminates inconsistencies. This will reduce the resistance of a ball and putting green surface making the golf game much more fun. Be cautious, wash sand can wash away! Do not apply more than 1/4” to the surface.
Grading with an eye may be good, but there are a few tools and approaches that make grading much, much better.
Determine key levels when working with elevation or rely on fundamental objects such as flood level of a house, concrete, and tops of the fence.
Use ropes for flat surfaces and transitions.
Compact in circles.
Compact the area in round movements in both directions. Overlap compacted path by at last 30%.
Wrinkles are another common defect. It’s so common they can often even see it among highlighted projects.
Heat it up. Use rollers and kickers.
Stretching with your hands is not enough. Apply heavy pressure to stretch the material.
Stretch in at least eight directions.
Stretching in four directions is not enough. Corners need to be stretched as well as the sides.
Putting green must be stretched outside the holes in every direction.
Secure putting green with nails on the entire perimeter. Use temporary nails to secure putting green material while stretching.
Hidden nails and seams
Invisible nails should be firmly secured by the base.
A seam may be visible even when cut to precision. When cutting materials, installers push grass blades up on both sides of the seam. It is imperative to push grass blades back down.
About S-shape seams:
S-shape seams require laser precision. Yet, most workers work with their hands and make mistakes. Even the slightest mistake becomes visible. The S-shape seam increases the chances of turning golf balls because it takes less force to change direction at a smaller angle.
Installation of holes
Holes installed in concrete for cleaning and maintenance.