Building a Golf Putting Green

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

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After: Perfect for Putting

After: Perfect for Putting

Materials:

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

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Before: Unused Swing

Before: Unused Swing

Tools:

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

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Steps:

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9. Use golf hole cutter where desired.

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10. Drop cups and flags into holes.

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