Artificial Turf Putting Greens and Bunkers: A No-Brainer Combination for Installers

June 18, 2024

If you’re a professional artificial turf installer, then you know how popular artificial grass putting greens have become in recent years. As putting greens have increased in popularity, clients have also increased their expectations, and it’s become more important than ever to create a realistic and challenging experience for the homeowner.

If you’re looking for ways to elevate your artificial turf putting green installations, consider incorporating bunkers into your landscape design. Bunkers not only add visual interest to the green, but they also provide an additional level of difficulty for golfers. Here are some tips for bunker installation and how they can be seamlessly integrated into your next synthetic turf putting green.

What Is a Bunker?

A bunker, also commonly referred to as a sand trap, is a depressed area on a golf course that is filled with sand. It is typically strategically placed near the green or fairway to challenge golfers. Since sand traps the ball and makes it difficult to hit, it creates an extra challenge and makes it difficult for the golfer to score. 

Bunkers can vary in shape and size, with some being shallow and others deep enough to completely immerse a golfer. Of course, if you’re installing a backyard putting green, the size and depth of your bunker will typically be on the smaller side.

How Are Bunkers Created on Synthetic Grass?

To create bunkers on a synthetic grass course, begin by excavating the area where the bunker will be placed. Make sure that you properly prepare the ground, as a solid base is crucial to ensure durability and longevity. When excavating the area, remember to consider proper drainage to prevent standing water and to keep the bunker playable in all conditions.

Once the base is set, fill the hole you’ve created with sand or synthetic grass. While sand is more typically used to create a sand trap, you can also cover the depression with artificial grass to create the feel of a rough. Discuss with your client which material they would prefer and how deep they want the bunker to be, as these will dictate the difficulty level while playing.

What Types of Shots and Clubs Can You Use?

Having a bunker on your artificial turf putting green produces a new element of challenge to the game. Bunkers require golfers to be strategic in their shot selections and use different clubs than they would in open areas.

One of the most common shots used in bunkers is the pitch shot, where the golfer lifts the ball out of the sand and onto the green. Another option is the explosion shot, which requires a golfer to hit down beneath the ball to pop it up and out of the bunker. These shots can be practiced and perfected on the putting green bunkers, providing a realistic simulation of a professional course.

In terms of clubs, a sand wedge is typically the preferred choice for bunker shots. Its wide sole and lofted club make it easier to dig into the sand and lift the ball out. However, golfers also use other clubs, such as pitching wedges and putters, depending on the distance and height they need to achieve for their shot. By incorporating bunkers into your putting green, you are not only adding visual interest but also providing the opportunity for golfers to practice and improve their bunker skills.

How Much Space Do You Need for Bunkers?

The amount of space needed to incorporate bunkers into your artificial turf putting green depends on the overall design and layout of your green. Bunkers can range in size from small, decorative bunkers to larger, more challenging ones.

The space needed may also differ depending on whether you plan on having a single bunker or multiple bunkers in your design. However, it is recommended that you have at least 200 square feet for a bunker to ensure it is functional and adds value to the green. When designing the space, work with your client to design a putting green that is customized to the size and shape of their unique outdoor space to maximize functionality and visual appeal.

If you need further guidance in choosing which artificial turf products are right for your project’s needs, contact your local Synthetic Grass Warehouse location. At SGW Bay Area, we have dozens of wholesale turf products available, including putting green turf and installation accessories, so we can help you find the perfect synthetic grass products for your client’s home or business. SGW Bay Area has been an industry leader for more than 20 years, helping distributors, installers, business owners and homeowners alike with all their artificial grass installation needs. To find out more about our wholesale turf products or to receive guidance with your next turf grass installation, contact your local SGW Bay Area facility today.

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