Long since synthetic turf has been available on the open market, the golf industry has never really opened up to the idea of using synthetic turf on their golf courses. Usually, synthetic turf will be found to be used on golf ranges and putting greens and in some rare cases, short game practice areas. Now with rising maintenance costs and water expenses, golf courses and their superintendents are now having to reconsider the idea of using synthetic turf on the actual golf course itself and not just on practice facilities.
Drawbacks to using Synthetic Turf
- Heat: The materials being used to make synthetic grass make it too to play on during the summer. For example, on a 90 F degree day, the temperature could rise up to 150 degrees F. Because of that, using synthetic grass on a golf course in a very hot region would be irrational.
- Bacteria & Toxins: When covered in rain, the synthetic grass doesn’t allow for proper drainage meaning blood, animal feces, sweat, and skin cells can remain on the synthetic turf because of the lack of proper drainage. When proper drainage does not happen, bacteria will start forming on the surface which will then be detrimental for the environment.
- Lack of Realistic Feel: Although synthetic grass may look like real grass when an iron shot is taken on these synthetic turf surfaces the shot feedback is less than stellar. Natural grass is soft which then allows a golfer to take a divot, but because the synthetic grass solution is meant for the blades to stay in place, hitting shots on these surfaces can sometimes be painful.
- High Costs: Synthetic grass is not a cheap solution to have, as they cost a lot of money to manufacture and that’s not even including installation expenses. Although going synthetic does in theory reduce the amount of time to manage the turf compared to natural grass, it still does require some repairing to do and to have products reinstalled will cost more money.
- Once Synthetic, Forever Synthetic: Once the switch to synthetic grass has been made, it kills all living organisms in the soil making it almost impossible to grow grass for a very long time.
These are the reasons why the switch to synthetic grass is harder than it sounds. The only way that it could be beneficial for golf courses is if there was a product that combined the use of both synthetic grass and natural grass that will be more affordable, have better drainage, and will not be environmentally hazardous. This is where Coverlawn comes in.
Coverlawn is a synthetic grass solution that is very similar to traditional synthetic turf but also different at the same time. Coverlawns unique backing allows for the natural grass to grow up from the soil and also allows for proper drainage.
Synthetic turf is inexpensive, easy to maintain, eco-friendly and boasts the look and feeling of the real thing. Agamegolfinstruction.com specializes in the expert installation of artificial grass for landscaping, play areas, pet runs and golf putting greens.