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20 Putting Greens You Can Enjoy In Your Own Backyard

May 12, 2023

Playing golf is both fun and relaxing whether you're a PGA pro, seasoned amateur, or newbie. You might even enjoy mini-golfing with friends and family on the weekends for a few friendly competitive games. Doing so a few times a month, though, quickly adds up, so installing a putting green in your backyard will keep the fun going and be more affordable.

Whether you're trying out the sport for the first time or have been playing for years, golfing offers various benefits to improve your physical and mental well-being. According to Leeds Golf Centre, it helps circulate blood flow and lowers your chances of having a heart attack or any cardiovascular issues. Additionally, being outdoors provides mental clarity and reduces anxiety and stress.

If area golf courses or driving ranges are too far, setting up a putting green in your backyard will allow you to play from the comfort of your home. Indeed, you'll be able to practice as much as you want and not have to shell out additional money or wait for other golfers to finish. Doing so will save you money, especially if you decide to install artificial turf, per Back Nine Greens.

A sod lawn requires regular maintenance, whereas artificial grass will stay clean and green for years. Conversely, installing a putting green can increase the value of your home. We know golf course memberships can be pricey, so we reviewed 20 different putting greens you can install in your backyard.

If part of your backyard is on a hill, installing a putting green on the incline still offers plenty of room for a pool and other outdoor fun. This putting green above has a leading trail for easier access. To make the experience challenging, put a separate putting green on the opposite side by the pool.

Debating how big to make your putting green? First, consider the size of your backyard and the ideal number of holes. Of course, installing multiple holes will no doubt enhance your short game from different angles. This putting green pictured above has five spots to practice long and short shots.

Setting up a putting green also provides an avenue to incorporate fresh landscaping to make it look beautiful. In particular, this one is surrounded by boulders that separate the mini golf course from the plants and flowers, making it the perfect barrier. As a result, the space looks clean and inviting.

For smaller backyards with limited open space, use a small patch of grass to create a one-hole putting green. Indeed, it will stand out against the rest of the yard since you'll need to trim it for a smoother look.

Massive backyards can take quite a bit of time for the landscaping to look stunning with a pool or garden. However, installing a putting green first lets you decide how large you want it. This backyard is on a vast amount of land, so surrounding the putting green with a playground or pool will fill the space.

Choosing the right spot to set it up is crucial, as it can easily take up the entire backyard or only a small part. For example, this space has the putting green on the far end of the grass section, which could've been extended for a more extensive course.

Surround your putting green with various tall trees and plants to make it your oasis, especially if you live in an area with many birds. You'll feel like you're in a forest. In addition to making it more relaxing, add a few water features, such as a small river or waterfall.

If you don't want to install a putting green, build a portable mini-golf course that can be stored away during the brutal summer or winter months. Buy or create your own for you and your friends to play. This backyard has multiple mini-golf holes, with each one designed differently to make it more fun.

If you decide to create a portable putting green, build it with a few obstacles, such as some bumps or a slight slope, like this putting green. You'll be able to place it anywhere in your backyard, such as your porch, and get some practice swings at any time of the day.

For something a little more creative, use bowling pins and balls as obstacles. The swinging pins will no doubt interfere (but in a fun way) with the golf ball, making it difficult to get it into the hole. Instead, use the bowling ball as a barrier to try to get the golf ball around it.

Say your backyard has stone flooring. Well, a good way to break up the landscape and add some greenery is with a putting green. This golf course is in the middle of the backyard, leaving the rest of the space with stone flooring and a planting garden. It also adds color and life to the gray-colored backyard.

Installing a putting green in a corner against the fence can spruce up the side of the pool. Pick a side that receives partial to full shade so you don't get sunburned if you're outside for hours. Additionally, you'll be able to hang out with family or friends while they use the pool.

If your preference is for a larger putting green, extend it to the side of your house to include miniature courses with multiple holes. This backyard has a few holes at the far end and chipping mats that reach the remote spots. You can always use only the side of the house for a course.

To avoid digging into your well-manicured lawn, the easiest way to install a putting green is with artificial turf. Much like this putting green, you can build one in various shapes and sizes. It's perfect to set up anywhere.

Designing your own putting green? Give it a theme to make it look more fun. For example, this putting green features Mario Bros. characters, including Mario, Bowser, and the Nintendo logo. Incorporating them makes it harder to play and win, but perfect for a friendly competition.

Regardless if your house is secluded from other neighbors, place a putting green in a spot surrounded by trees. This one keeps things simple with a one-hole course, but has a wide area to play from any angle.

We've already mentioned how you can install a putting green next to the pool, but there's also the option of buying a floating version. For example, this piece of artificial turf provides a means to chip golf balls from the yard onto the green. Good luck getting a hole-in-one!

It can be difficult to see which way to hit the golf ball during nightly hangouts, but hanging some strings lights can light up the area. This backyard has a putting green along the entire backside, with lights hung from above to make it easier to swing and play.

If you're eager to enhance your golf skills, you'll need a larger course with multiple holes. This will give you the practice you need by using more than half of your backyard. For example, this putting green takes up the entire left side of the backyard.

Most golf courses have a variety of sand bunkers to make the game more challenging. Once the ball lands inside, it can be tricky to get out. If you plan to incorporate a putting green in your backyard, add a small bunker if you have the space.