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Cost of Artificial Putting Greens: 2021 Price Guide

Installing an artificial putting green in your space is a popular way to practice your swing and putting from the comfort of your home. Whether you're a serious golfer or just looking for some at-home entertainment for the family, it's an excellent addition. But how much does it cost?

There are multiple factors that come into play when pricing a putting green project. Size, base preparation, materials, and added features will all affect the cost of your installation. Many people don't think to consider the hidden costs that you aren't seeing on proposals. Overhead, hauling fees, and the need for profitability will also inflate the price of your project.

A quality putting green will typically run you about $18 - 25 per sq. ft. depending on the add ons and materials you choose. This is higher than a typical artificial turf project because there's a lot more labor that goes into base preparation to make sure the area is graded for proper ball roll. Also, grass materials for putting greens are nearly double in price compared to regular artificial turf. 

In the guide below, we'll cover our prices for materials and optional add-ons. The cost of overhead, base preparation, and other fees are already built into these prices for simplicity.

For this demonstration, we'll be plugging in numbers from an area that is 300 sq. ft. with a concrete border on two sides. If you are looking to get an idea of pricing for your specific project, request an estimate here in 2 minutes or less!

example yard to diagnose costs during putting green installation to get an idea of price for the artificial turf project.

Putting Green Material

Artificial grasses for putting greens are catered to ball play and are specifically designed to provide optimum performance. This type of turf is more expensive because it was constructed uniquely with sheared-off blades so your ball has the perfect rolling surface.

We offer three different putting green options at different prices. We'll plug in our 300 sq. ft. below to give you an idea of pricing for each: 

Do It Putt

(44 oz, Poly, Multi-Purpose)

$14.28/sq. ft. $14.28 x 300 sq. ft. $4,284

Pro Putt

(44 oz, Nylon, Professional)

$15.96/sq. ft. $15.96 x 300 sq. ft.  $4,788

Real Putt

(50 oz, Nylon, Most Realistic)

$17.64/sq. ft. $17.64 x 300 sq. ft. $5,292

For the purposes of this exercise, we'll use Do It Putt and say that our putting green material is $4,284.

Fringe Grass 

Fringe grass is the slightly taller grass that surrounds the putting green and fills the rest of the space. In most cases, this grass can be any artificial turf the client prefers. We supply 4 options in our proposals at a discounted price. If you choose lower-end grass (still great quality), you can even save some money during this step! Check it out below: 

Do The Job 

(Promo Grass, Specs May Vary)

-$0.34/sq. ft. -$0.34 x 300 sq. ft. -$102

Natural Beauty

(2 in. Height, Natural Looking)

$0.00/sq. ft. $0.00 x 300 sq. ft.  $0

Playground Heaven

(1.5 in. Height, Durable & Easy To Clean)

$0.76/sq. ft. $0.76 x 300 sq. ft. $228

Baby Touch

(1.75 in. Height, Bouncy, Soft & Cool)

$1.28/sq. ft. $1.28 x 300 sq. ft. $384

Let's say you chose Playground Heaven, we'll add $228 to our cost. 

Cup / Flag Pole Installation

We can install as many, or as few plastic cups as you'd like depending on the size of your putting green. These are installed directly into the concrete base to ensure they stay put. These cups must be level for proper flag placement. For our price guide, we'll install two plastic cups in our putting green.

Plastic Cup Installation $180 $180 x 2 $360
Pole With Flag $80 $80 x 2  $160

Bender Boards 

Bender boards are an important component of putting green installation because it helps separate turf from other types of landscaping. The brown boards are 20-foot long rolls of polypropylene and they are used to delineate artificial turf from the rest of the yard. A simple bender board will add $7.23 per linear foot. However, in most cases, we recommend upgrading to aluminum bender boards so they don't discolor and fall apart over time. Check out the pricing table below to see how it affects cost.

Remember, our space has a concrete border around two sides so those sides won't need bender boards. However, the two ends that are 15 ft. will need a bender board installed to keep the installation secure. 

Standard Bender Boards $7.23/Linear ft. $7.23 x 30 ft. $216.90
Aluminum Bender Boards $14.63/ Linear ft.  $14.63 x 30 ft. $438.90

Per recommendation, we'll upgrade to Aluminum Bender Boards at $438.90.

Weed Preventer

If your putting green isn't being installed on a rooftop or balcony, we'd recommend opting into the weed preventer add-on. This attacks over 60 types of common weeds and is applied before base preparation after soil removal.

Weed Preventer $0.34/sq. ft. $0.34 x 300 $102

Infill

The cost of a typical infill is built into our grass material prices. However, we offer an upgrade to antibacterial sand infill in our proposals. This keeps your surface cleaner and cooler. The granules have a plastic-like coating keeping the infill from compacting over time. On top of controlling bacteria on the turf, it's also less abrasive than other options making it more desirable on the surface. 

Antibacterial Sand Infill $1.24/sq. ft. $1.24 x 300  $372

The cost of road base, nails, adhesive, and other materials are built into the above prices to keep the proposals as simple and to the point as possible for our clients. It's important to remember that there may be additional costs during your specific project. 

So let's see how much our artificial putting green installation costs so far: 

Putting Green Material (Do It Putt) $4,284
Fringe Grass (Playground Heaven) $228
Plastic Cup Installation x 2 $360
Pole With Flag x 2 $160
Aluminum Bender Boards  $438.90
Weed Preventer $102
Antibacterial Sand Infill  $372
TOTAL COST $5944.90

While this is the price for a simple install, there may be other costs during your specific putting green project. Depending on accessibility, irrigation needs, and added features you may see the price fluctuate. Keep reading below to see additional costs that may arise during installation, or request an estimate here to know exactly how much it'll cost in your space. 

Long Distance Hauling  (100+ ft.) $2.82/sq. ft.
Hauling With Elevation  (3-7 Steps) $1.12/sq. ft.
Rewiring Irrigation $140/8 ft. of Rewiring
Gopher Mesh Installation  $1.74/sq. ft.
Aluminum Cup Installation $220/Cup
Frame Installation (Nail-Free) $13.98/Linear ft.
Adding Sand Bunker or Pond Imitation $1,260

And there you have it! A guide to pricing our putting green projects. Putting greens are some of our favorite projects because they can be customized to fit our client's needs. Let us help you with every step of the design process, request an estimate below to get started. Let's do this!

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