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.

Tools Needed
  • Medium Bristle Push Broom
  • Rake
  • Tape Measure and/or Yard Stick
  • Shovel or Hand Tamp
  • Garden Hose with Adjustable Spray NozzleeU
  • Utility Knife 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
  • Hand-Held Scissors

For further information, see the step-by-step instructions in the Green Installation section of this web site.

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Materials Required

Tin Flashing

This is used during the seaming process (if joining multiple rolls together) and can be purchased at any home improvement store.

Coal/Copper 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.

Use this formula to determine how many bags are needed

For the ½ inch turf:

Total 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)

For the 1 inch and 1 ¾ inch turf:

Total 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)

Crushed Stone

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.

Use this formula to determine how many tons of crushed stone are required:

For 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.)

Plate Compactor (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.

Drop Spreader
This is used to spread the infill onto the green. Check your local home and garden supply store or ask a gardening friend.

Weed Barrier
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 Mix
This is for concreting your cups into the sub base. You need a couple of bags.

Commercial Grade Masonary Sand
For every 12 X 30 you need one 50 lb. bag.

You are ready to begin installation!

See the Green Installation section for more details.

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