Building a Golf Putting Green

Create a backyard putting green. Follow these step-by-step instructions from Don't Sweat It host Steve Watson.


After: Perfect for Putting

After: Perfect for Putting


12' pressure-treated 4x4s
12' pressure-treated 2x4s
1-1/2 tons stone dust
silica sand
putting carpet
pea gravel
landscape spikes
landscape fabric


Before: Unused Swing

Before: Unused Swing


digging tools
cordless drill and bits
3 lb. sledge hammer
golf hole cutter
plate compactor (rental)
water drum roller (rental)

frame 2


frame 2


1. Select a location with relatively flat terrain. Use the pressure-treated timbers to create a border for the putting green. Use string-line (or twine and stakes) and level to place the timbers.

frame 1


frame 1

2. Roll out landscape fabric to prevent weeds and secure with landscape spikes.

frame 7


frame 7

3. Fill a two-inch layer of stone dust in the entire box.


4. Compact first layer using the plate compacter. Apply another two-inch layer and compact. Add more stone dust as desired to create contours.

frame 24


frame 24

5. Lay down putting carpet and cut to desired shape.


6. Using a broom, spread silica sand over the surface to hold the carpet down.

frame 19


frame 19

7. Roll over the entire area with water roller to smooth out any bumpy spots.


8. Spread pea gravel to cover the area between the edge of green and timbers.

frame 3


frame 3

9. Use golf hole cutter where desired.

frame 76


frame 76

10. Drop cups and flags into holes.

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