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DIY backyard golf putting green

homeinmelbourne
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DIY backyard golf putting green

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DIY Backyard Golf Putting Green - start to finish in 1 weekend!

 

The back corner of the backyard was never used, grew mostly weeds and was overgrown with tree branches. Until we decided, let's put in a putting green! We spent a week researching, watching A LOT of YouTube videos on how to create a backyard putting green, measuring and planning out the space and putting green shape and ordering the supplies we needed for the putting green project. We started and completed the project in 2 days over the weekend.

 

Here's how we did it and what we used:

 

  • Started with digging out all the soil and grass to get a level and clean soil surface.
  • Raked and levelled the ground.
  • Rented a compacter from Bunnings and compacted the native soil.
  • Installed the Corten steel edging for the area. The Corten will naturally weather with a rust-look. (Purchased from a local steel fabricator)
  • Wheel barrowed in 3 tonne of road base/crushed rock (ordered from local garden supplier). The two of us simultaneously shovelled each wheelbarrow load, raked and spread it. I think this was the most physically painful and tiring job of our whole house reno!
  • Used the compactor to compact the road base. This took around 4 passes of the area and 2 hours of compacting to achieve a flat surface.
  • Spread sand over the whole compacted road base and rolled over with a turf roller. (Bastion 20kg River Sand from Bunnings)
  • Cut the putting surface to shape and marked out the cup holes. (Putting surface and green fringe ordered from golf green supplier)
  • Dug the cup holes and concreted the cups in. (Builders 20kg Concrete Mix from Bunnings)
  • Cut the holes into the putting surface.
  • Cut the artificial grass fringe surface and tacked down the edges around the perimeter edging and the putting green surface. (We used a few hundred long nails/pins - similar to what would be used for laying artificial grass). (Tuff Turf Synthetic Turf Anchor Nails from Bunnings)
  • Top dressed the putting green with silica sand.
  • Ran the wiring and installed 8 'Holman Garden Spotlights from Bunnings' around edging under the Pittosporum trees. 

 

Finished DIY Backyard Putting Green ProjectFinished DIY Backyard Putting Green Project

 

Before: Unused corner of the garden, no grass and mostly weeds.Before: Unused corner of the garden, no grass and mostly weeds.

 

Dug out the soil and grass to level out the areaDug out the soil and grass to level out the area

 

Prepped and raked soil surface ready for compactingPrepped and raked soil surface ready for compacting

 

Hired Bunnings compactor to compact the native soil and provide a flat, solid bed for the crushed rock layer.Hired Bunnings compactor to compact the native soil and provide a flat, solid bed for the crushed rock layer.

 

Installed the Corten Steel edging and infilled with crushed rock road base.Installed the Corten Steel edging and infilled with crushed rock road base.

 

Compacted the crushed rock road base layer. 4 passes over the whole area, 2 hours of compacting.Compacted the crushed rock road base layer. 4 passes over the whole area, 2 hours of compacting.

 

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Installing the Corten Steel edging.Installing the Corten Steel edging.

 

Spread sand across the whole surface to level out any bumps, low spots or divots.Spread sand across the whole surface to level out any bumps, low spots or divots.

 

Rolled the sand surface with a turf roller.Rolled the sand surface with a turf roller.

 

Cut the putting surface to shape and dug/concreted the golf cups in.Cut the putting surface to shape and dug/concreted the golf cups in.

 

Top dressing the putting surface with silica sand. Used a broom to brush it into the turf pile.Top dressing the putting surface with silica sand. Used a broom to brush it into the turf pile.

 

Installed wired-in garden lights around the perimeter of the area.Installed wired-in garden lights around the perimeter of the area.

 

Finished DIY Backyard Golf Putting Green ProjectFinished DIY Backyard Golf Putting Green Project

 

prettyliving
Valued Contributor

Re: DIY backyard golf putting green

Wow! This is incredible! @homeinmelbourne 

My husband would go crazy over this! 😍 Thanks for sharing all the details! What a great project and end result 👏🏻👏🏻

Jason
Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: DIY backyard golf putting green

Love this @homeinmelbourne!

 

We've had some popular mini-golf projects on the site but your putting green is next level. 

 

Thanks for sharing plenty of detail so others inspired by your creation can replicate your handiwork. 

 

Jason

 

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TedBear
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Re: DIY backyard golf putting green

Excellent result. I  was impressed by the amount of planned detailed work you put in, including (very sensibly) doing the research first.  And now you get to enjoy using that corner, day or night. 

Re: DIY backyard golf putting green

Thank you so much @prettyliving! 😊💗

homeinmelbourne
Established Contributor

Re: DIY backyard golf putting green

Thank you so much @TedBear

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Re: DIY backyard golf putting green

Hi @homeinmelbourne

 

Thank you very much for sharing pictures and the steps you took to build this fantastic putting green. Among the projects you've shared, this is the one I'm very keen to have a go at. What is the overall size of the putting green and what kind of budget would you set aside for this kind of project?  

 

Eric

 

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Noyade
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Re: DIY backyard golf putting green

Impressive!

Could be my eyes or the camera angle - but is there a steep slope down to the green?

I like the 'Corten steel edging' with the serrated bottom - haven't seen that before...

homeinmelbourne
Established Contributor

Re: DIY backyard golf putting green

Thank you @EricL, we budgeted $1500 for the project and here is a photo of the size/dimensions of the putting green.

 

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homeinmelbourne
Established Contributor

Re: DIY backyard golf putting green

Thanks for your comment @Noyade!

 

No there is no slope down - it might just be the camera angle. Originally the far corner of the triangle area was higher but we dug out about 2 cubic metres of soil to level it out with the rest of the backyard.

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