27 Golf Backyard Putting Green Ideas

A golf backyard putting green is a great way to practice the sport from the comfort of your own home. A putting green can be constructed in your backyard that will provide hours of enjoyment as well as increase your house’s resale value.

Practice putting green for golfers

Golfers looking to have some practice putting greens installed in the backyard may also still want beautiful aesthetics for their landscaping. Designating a portion of your yard for a place to play might seem to limit your design options, yet the remaining space still offers plenty of opportunity for creative landscaping – like in the example above that uses bright flower beds located right next to the greens – is one of the key points of good design.

When considering the type of materials needed for creating your golf green, there are generally two choices. The choices are natural grass or synthetic turf. Most experts don’t recommend natural grass for golfers due to maintenance and upkeep time commitments.

However, natural sod can be much less expensive than synthetic turf. You can find sod that you install yourself for around .50 a ft. Another downside is that living in an area with many colder months may require you to regrow grass every year. You will also be limited in the times of the year when you can use it for golfing.

On the other hand, synthetic turf is durable, long lasting, and requires no daily maintenance.  Synthetic turf offers you year-round use by not being affected by extremes in hot or cold weather.

The convenience factor is one of the main selling points of choosing synthetic turf. The cost for synthetic grass can run from around $5 a ft on up to $25, depending on the quality you select and whether you will install the turf yourself.

Green with rock landscaping

How to Build a Backyard Putting Green

Avid golfers and hobbyists are sure to love their very own putting green turf in their backyard. A personal green makes it immensely easier to practice putting during lazy Sundays at home or whenever the sun is out, and there’s spare time to kill.

Using the appropriate tools and construction materials, building up a personal putting green to incorporate into your backyard’s landscaping will be fairly straightforward and even fun.

The first step is to lay the base materials. This is an important part of the building since it helps stabilize the earth, which is important, especially for less than stellar ground conditions (e.g. flood-prone backyards).

The finer the grain size of the gravel, the better it will be for stabilization. Using a plate compactor, compact the laid-out gravel; this shouldn’t be more than an hour or so.

The second step is to add the geotextile fabric covering. This is rolled over the entire gravel bed to stabilize the green as well as to prevent any unwanted weeds from sprouting into the panels.

The third step is to install the pre-cut designer green panels. This is a matter of following the instructions with regard to laying out all the parts. This part is a little bit like assembling a large puzzle, albeit a lot more forceful. Full-length screws are placed around the perimeter edge to secure the assembly.

Apply some stone dust or fine gravel to the outer edge and compact them for an even firmer outer edge. Clean and prep the panels for the turf installation.

Applying the turf comes fourth and this comes with the main turf roll and the fringe turfs. After unrolling the main turf, give it some time to rest under the sun to eliminate any wrinkles and kinks. Lay it on top of the panels, install the pre-made cups (holes), and then stretch and secure the turf to the panels with a pneumatic staple gun.

Apply the turf fringes up against the putting curve edges and secure them with the staple gun – be sure to have a good fit, especially along the seams. Use a carpet steam roller to make the stapling less evident and then roll the edge of the turf over the edge of the panels and staple them in.

After that, it’s a matter of clean-up and final landscaping works and then it’s ready to use the new outdoor putting green.

Home Golfing Greens

Outdoor kitchen and wood pergola next to putting zone

This amazing backyard features a putting green next to a large outdoor kitchen with wood pergola and a sparkling swimming pool and hot tub.

Green with sand trap and multiple holes

This four-hole green has a very simple symmetrical layout for optimal putting practice and leisure playing. The side of the turf has a makeshift mini sand trap, a creative choice that helps hold any unused spare balls in place without fear of them rolling away.

Terraced green with sandtrap and swimming pool

This view of the putting green shows its placement on higher ground from the rest of the surrounding neighboring backyards. A long stone bench is built into one of the edges of the green for lounging on. A good view also greatly enhances the golfing experience.

Backyard with tropical plants at luxury home

This tropical-inspired backyard putting green makes night-time play possible with intelligently placed flood lights. The tropical palm trees and creative landscaping not only make for an interesting practice course but also enhance the overall backyard of this luxury home.

Golfer teeing up to play shown from above

A clear aerial view of this simple yet effective two-hole backyard putting green shows that you don’t have to have a wildly eclectic design to have an effective backyard green. Incorporating such a straightforward design maximizes the space and keeps installation costs and labor relatively low.

Backyard with long driving backdrop

Expansive backyard views such as the one in this practice green not only lend a uniquely beautiful view for the backyard golfer but also make it so that the backdrop can serve as a long driving range. Short and long games can be practiced in this kind of setup.

Golf practice area with mountain views

This panoramic green offers a desert landscape and spectacular views of the nearby mountain range.

Outdoor synthetic turf

This outdoor putting green is incorporated into a public park and is well integrated into the park’s large open grass field. Public activity and communal interaction are encouraged in this type of landscaping design.

Green in homes backyard

A more homey example of a DIY golf green, the cedar fences with climbing vines all over, the clean treatment of the landscape bushes, as well as the numerous trees from within the yard as well as from outside the fence, really create a quaint natural ambiance in this backyard design.

5 hole golf landscape next to picket fence

Not all putting greens are made large and sprawling – little ones such as this one are simple but serve their purpose well. These types of greens are ideal for small backyards or golfers who don’t want too much space taken from their landscaping. Click here – to buy this putting-green

Outdoor grassy area by pool

This backyard putting green is sandwiched between two amazing landscaping elements – a backyard swimming pool for the family and a small rock and bush garden to the back of the yard. A variety of activities and choices await homeowners with this type of layout and landscape design.

Golf putting in yard

The lack of any softscape or soil surfaces shouldn’t stop any designer from building up an outdoor golf green. In this example, despite the clear lack of any grass cover, turf was set up smack dab in the middle of the outdoor stone tile flooring. The clear contrast between the turf and the hardscape tiles creates a very nice design aesthetic.

Green artificial turf

Clear-cut boundaries can be used to separate putting greens from the rest of the yard. In this example, small wooden retaining walls were used to separate the green and its artificial turf covering from the tree and grass parts of the yard.

Green with fake turf surrounded by real grass and water feature pond

This interesting putting green design features real grass surrounding the fake turf of the green. In addition to the real grass there’s a rock water feature pond with a small fountain to provide some natural ambiance.

Artificial turf green

This artificial turf putting green setup is cozily nestled within surrounding landscaping bushes and trees. Large embedded rocks encircle the edges of the green as well as beneath the foot path that leads into the turfed area. This creates a very cozy private putting area perfect for more private home golfers who might appreciate the seclusion.

Green and swimming pool

Open backyard putting greens are a clear, popular choice when it comes to home golf practice landscaping. Placing it right between the surrounding edge flower bed and the hardscaped surface of the backyard makes smart use of the space. In this example, the green is also located next to the home’s swimming pool and can be seen from the house’s second floor balcony.

Putting area with desert style landscaping

Surrounding this example of a backyard putting green is a pebbled backyard floor cover that really makes the artificial turf area look somewhat like an island in a sea. This minimalist yet still stylish outdoor design feels open and contemporary.

Custom green with geometric design

Mediterranean houses can also effortlessly sport backyard putting greens. Here we see the turf working its edges around the geometric patterns of the backyard’s landscaping, creating interesting putting pockets and a more challenging way to practice your short game in golf.

Green next to patio

This larger backyard putting green is set in an arid and relatively dry environment which becomes somewhat apparent after noticing the many cacti and palm tree species in the backyard. But desert weather does little to hamper the passions of a true golfer.

Long narrow green

Small narrow spaces can still effectively be used to create good backyard putting greens. The design is simple and straight-forward – a rectangular turfed area with two holes to practice on. A backyard putting green such as this one is perfect for the homeowner with a quaint backyard but a large passion for golf.

Double greens at luxury home

Luxury homes can afford to large sprawling putting greens and, in the case of this one, even more than one turfed area. The double putting greens in this backyard can cater to more than one user at a time and with its numerous practice holes, can function effectively as a practice area for golfers.

Luxury backyard with shady green

Open putting green areas can sometimes be too open in the sense that there’s not much reprieve from the heat of the sun. With usual putting practices being done during the day time, this is often an issue. This luxury backyard integrated a tree right beside the green to provide ample shading.

Large backyard green with tropical plants

This large backyard putting green is framed by tropical plants and a block wall with stairs leading to a terrace patio.

Green next to paver patio

Paver patios are perfect for backyard landscaping. Being able to integrate a backyard putting green into pavers is a creative way to set up a backyard and creates a nice contrast that is pleasing to the senses.

Rounded turf area with concrete border

A rounded backyard putting green like this one takes advantage of the spacious backyard of this home. With the landscape palm tree, buses, and cacti, as well as the quaint paved patio area near the house, this backyard design uses the putting green as an accent piece and works extremely well with the aesthetic.

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  1. Hello, I am interested in placing an artificial turf putting green within my natural lawn but I live in Las Vegas and I am worried that the sprinkler overspray will turn the putting green white. is there a way to avoid this?

    1. I’m not aware of a great way to avoid Artificial turf turning white from water or sunlight. The only thought I have is to try to adjust and limit any over spray as much as possible. I have heard of some experiencing black mold or staining which should be treated as quickly as possible. Stubborn stains can be removed with rubbing alcohol and water. Mold can be removed by mixing 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 10 parts water and applying it to the molded area, waiting 30 minutes and then rinsing. Pet urine stains and can be removed using soap and water. Pet urine smells can be removed using a spray mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water. Thank you for your interesting question. I will update this if I hear any more.

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