Putting Green Designs

Written by Jacey Harmon
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Putting greens make the golf course. The fairways, tees and bunkers could all be beautiful but if the greens are bad, golfers will be unhappy. Maintenance is an important part of a quality green. A well maintained green will have a smooth and true roll as well as a strong aesthetic value. However, a quality green doesn't start with maintenance, it starts with the design.

A Well-Designed Putting Green

When designing a putting green it is important to consider growing conditions first and aesthetics last. A green that looks good on paper may not turn out that well if it is surrounded by trees and kept in the shade all day. A well designed green will allow for plenty of air flow and morning sun. This creates optimal growing conditions for the green's turf. Better growing conditions will spawn better turf, which in turn equals happy golfers.

Playability is another key aspect when designing a putting green. Greens with too many breaks and undulations will not allow for quality pin placements. Golfers do not like to have difficult short putts. A quality pin location will generally have three feet of flat surface surrounding the hole. A green that has too many undulations may not offer enough quality pin placements. This can hamper the health of the green as the same location gets used heavily.

The length of the hole will play a role in determining the size of the putting green. The longer the approach shot the larger the green you will want to design. Professional golfers may be able to hit a postage stamp from 200 yards but very few amateurs can. Well-designed and maintained greens will keep golfers happy and keep them coming back for more.


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