FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below are answers to many of the typical questions we get asked, we hope they are helpful and informative but should you want to know more about any particular aspect, please don't hesitate to contact us...
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Synthetic V Real?
Many of our residential customers have previously tried and failed to keep a natural green in a playable condition, before turning to a synthetic solution.
Now imagine having a green that requires no watering, no mowing, and no need for extensive maintenance equipment without wear and tear. Our synthetic turf can provide the same true roll, ball holding ability and characteristics as a natural grass green without the hassle of owning a real green.
Up until a few years ago, it was a close decision. However the recent advances in turf technology mean that you can have a green with tour quality speed and playability all year round with the added advantage of resistance to weather conditions.
What is the difference between Polypropylene and Nylon turfs?
We use both materials, according to the situation. There are basically two types of synthetic turf suitable for golf greens - Polypropylene and Nylon. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages.
We offer both materials and can therefore provide impartial advice on which to choose for your particular circumstances. However, most suppliers specialise in one or the other and go to great lengths to extol the virtues of their particular material.
Be wary of advice from companies that only sell one type of material.
When would I use Polypropylene?
Available in a variety of blade widths and thickness with different pile heights, densities and colour shades. It is not a generic product. Polypropylene requires infill to protect the fibers.
For golf when properly installed, longer pile polypropylene is the premier all round surface for a golf green for both putting, chipping and full length golf shots up to 200 yards.
This surface is extremely realistic. It gives the best of both worlds – excellent shot holding capability and true roll for putting. The ball bounces, check ups and rolls out just as it would on a top quality natural green. This product most resembles a real bent grass green and can be fully contoured.
Polypropylene requires expert installation. A small amount of maintenance will prolong this product.
When would I use Nylon?
Nylon is manufactured to have a "memory" fibre to keep the upright position without the need for infill. It is fairly generic material, with putting nylon being virtually identical, varying only in shade, roll width and pile height.
Nylon works for pure putting, at around 9 on the stimpmeter. It is not suitable for golf greens as it cannot take a shot – the ball bounces right off the green in a very unrealistic fashion.
Installation is relatively simple and quick to install, its similar to an indoor/outdoor carpet. As a temporary measure fine infill is sometimes used in Nylon to help deaden the ball. However the fibres are too short, too fine and too closely packed and overtime will compact the sand.
Long pile Nylon can be used for chipping mats and tee areas. Nylon requires occasional maintenance.