How to Build a Backyard Putting Green

Having a putting green in your backyard is a dream come true for many golfers. The steps to building a green are rather simple but it will take time to keep the green looking its best. Here are the steps to get you started:

1. Choose a relatively level area

2. Dig out/remove soil to a depth of at least 6 inches

3. Put in 3 inches of 1” clear stone

4. Cover with 4 to 5 inches of good topsoil

5. On top of this put 2” inches of a 60% sand and 40% peat mix

6. Rake in a good quality starter fertilizer (Scotts Starter Fertilizer 24-25-4)

7. Seed with Bentgrass grass seed

8. Moisten area a couple of times a day (do not soak) until good germination is apparent

9. Begin mowing with a reel type mower with catcher attachment to a desired height of 1/2”

10. Fertilize with a liquid fertilizer every two weeks until a good density is achieved

11. Get expert advice from a local Golf course Super regarding disease and insect control that would pertain to your area.

Please note the putting green should be edged with pressure treated wood or plastic lawn edging to prevent native grasses, weeds, etc

Expert Advice

Ask an Expert

Have questions? We have answers! Send us a message and we'll be here to help every step of the way.

Click Here