Golfers are discovering indoor putting greens, which are made of artificial turf and come in several varieties:
- Some are portable, with turf rolled out like carpet and stored when not in use.
- Others are built on platforms, with different sizes available.
- Custom greens can be designed and constructed to sit on top of a designated floor space, filling all or part of a room.
Many indoor greens feature uphill, downhill and sidehill contours. These contours can be changed by mechanical adjustments or by placement of material such as Styrofoam that cannot be detected.
Artificial turf rolls truer than real grass. Often it can emulate a designated Stimpmeter speed.
The cost of indoor putting greens can vary from a few hundred dollars (Putters Edge has a 4-foot-by-12-foot rectangular Rollout green, for example, that retails for $339) to more than $10,000 for high-end units along with installation.
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The skinny: Every DreamGreen (www.dreamgreen.com) is handmade by furniture craftsmen. Buyers choose platforms made of either natural ash or light hickory. Trim is either African wenge or Peruvian walnut. Model 416 (4 feet by 16 feet) features six break adjustments on each side of the green. Both ends can be elevated.
Cost: $8,395 (Model 416)
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The skinny: Known for its patented modular design with pieces of the base, or foundation, neatly snapping together. The artificial turf is then placed on the top of the interlocking modular platform. Tour Links (www.tourlinks.net) first appeared at the PGA Merchandise Show in 2000. The standard green (14 feet by 18 feet) includes five holes. Pieces are computer cut for accuracy.
Cost: $3,456 (standard green)
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The skinny: The greens from Putter’s Edge (www.puttersedge.com) have been installed in lanais, patios and basements as well as primary rooms. Three turf materials provide different Stimp speeds, including a speedy 12. A dozen fringes also are available (total size of green and fringe: 18 feet by 24 feet; green alone: 15 by 21). Every component can be shipped, letting golfers save money by installing their own greens.
Cost: $5,200 for green and fringe (without mural)