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How To Be As Good As A Green Keeper

Green keepers are trained professionals who have to go through years of training to be as good as they are, and their skills don't go unnoticed. That doesn’t mean, that with a bit of hard work that you can’t create a decent lawn in your back garden.

Here are our top tips on how to create your own personal golf course in your garden:

Artificial turf

This is cheating, and will never be as good as the real thing but realistically this may be one of the better options. You can buy purpose built turf for garden golf without having the required work when tending to a real grass lawn. Artificial turf will be more durable than regular grass, meaning you don’t have to worry about repairing your divots. You can purchase a range of artificial turf, and some textures and colours can be comparable to the real thing.

Use the right machines

If you want your golf course garden to have a more authentic look and feel with real grass, the first thing to consider is what equipment will be needed to keep it in tip top condition. You need a powerful lawn mower and, crucially, sharp blades. You will need to cut the grass very short so you want a lawn mower that can handle this.

Choose the right grass

This is important as golf courses use very durable grass that can take a lot of punishment. Typically, the majority grass seed mixes, which you can purchase from your local shop, won’t be suitable for most golf courses. For a truly authentic feel you will need a mixture based on bentgrass. Bentgrass varieties can be mowed to a very short height, which makes them ideal for golf courses.

Dont cut your grass too short

By rule of thumb, you shouldn’t cut more than a third off each blade of grass in one go otherwise you risk damaging your lawn. Most golf courses are cut to within a few milimetres so you will need to be careful. By only cutting a third at a time you are ensuring the grass doesn’t get stressed too much during the cutting process; the lower the height of the cut, the more shallow the root system will be, making it more susceptible to pests or diseases.

Finishing touches

Once you have cut your grass to the correct height, it’s now time to add the finishing touches. No golf course is complete without a hole and flag so choose the best spot in your garden for your practice area and make sure you are happy with it before you dig.