Many of the tools
required for installing a synthetic golf green are very common household
items that you most likely already own. For those you don't own, such
as a gas tamp or plate compactor, you will be able to find them at a
local rental company in your area.
and/or Yard Stick
Shovel or Hand
with Adjustable Spray NozzleeU
With Several New Replacement Blades
(1/8 in. Notched
Trowel if Seaming Two or More Rolls Together)
Hammer and 4
inch Galvanized Nails with Small Heads
This is used during the
seaming process (if joining multiple rolls together) and can be purchased
at any home improvement store.
Slag In Fill
Coal slag is the
term used on the East Coast and copper slag for the West Coast. This
should be 30/60 grit or mesh size. The infill grades are scaled-- 20
grit as large or course grit & 30 to 35 grit is medium grit. You
should use 30 to 60 grit, because the large 20 grit slag will not sweep
properly into the fibers of the turf. This slag product can be purchased
at any local sandblasting supply store. Check your Yellow Page listings
for locations. Cost is approximately $8 to $10 per 100lb bag.
this formula to determine how many bags are needed
the ½ inch turf:
Square Feet X 3.5 = # of lbs. In fill required
(3.5 represents three and ½
lbs. in fill per square foot on the green
For example, you will need 13 one hundred pound bags of infill for
a 12 x 30 putting green)
the 1 inch and 1 ¾ inch turf:
Square Feet X 5.5 = # of lbs. in fill required
(5.5 represents five and ½ lbs.
in fill per square foot on the green
For example, you will need 40 one hundred pound bags of infill for
a 24 x 30 putting green)
Common names for this sub base material include manufactured sand,
screenings, decentigrated granite, crushed fines, or stone dust. The
stone is normally granite or limestone and must be 3/8 inch minus or
¼ inch minus (meaning that none of the pieces of stone are larger
than 3/8 of an inch). The crushed stone can be purchased at a local
rock quarry or gravel pit. Be sure that the stone has not been washed,
because the smaller, finer pieces of stone and powder are desirable
to help in the base compaction process.
This material costs approximately $20/ton.
this formula to determine how many tons of crushed stone are required:
every 12 X 6 ft. area or every 72 sq ft. you will need one ton.
(This will give
you a sub base with a 4 inch compacted depth. For example, you will
need: 4 tons for the 12 X 24 ft. putting green, 5 tons for the 12
X 30 putting green and so on.)
(sometimes called a gas tamp or one ton mechanical ride on roller)
The plate compactor packs
the crushed stone sub base material. If you are compacting an area that
is 1000 square feet or larger the ride-on roller is recommended because
it compacts the sub base harder and more quickly than the plate compactor.
Rental cost for the plate compactor is approximately $45.00 per day
and $80.00 per day for the ride-on roller.
This is used to spread the infill onto the green. Check your local home
and garden supply store or ask a gardening friend.
This stabilizes the sub base and prevents the sub base from sinking
into the ground. It can be purchased at any home and garden supply store.
Fast Drying Concrete
This is for concreting your cups into the sub base. You need a couple
For every 12 X 30 you need one 50 lb. bag.