Practice Nets

We have a wide range of practice cages and nets that can be used for warming up and ball striking practice that fit in cleanly with a home golf green. A cage and tees are built on a hardcore base and covered with synthetic turf. Each cage is roughly 1000 cubic feet (27m3) with high tensile netting and aluminium frames. Nets can be fixed or designed to fold back discretely when not in use. It will be possible to hit all shots safely into the nets and the hitting surface will be the same as the tees above requiring little maintenance and maximum feedback for the golfer whilst minimizing risk of injury or strain. These are designed to be used as a part of a full Golf Practice Facility. 

Bunkers

The addition of a bunker around the green allows players to practice the all important up-and-down from the sand. Bunkers are designed into the green to create the maximum variety of shots to various holes on the putting surface. The sky is the limit when it comes to bunker design and we have recreated some of the trickiest bunkers in major golf for our clients. 

 

Traditional bunker faces are a concern for green keepers due to their high maintenance requirements and the specialist skills required. Our installation negates these factors and allows golfers to practice without concern. We use a patented product consisting of long-lasting, environmentally friendly materials to create a riveted synthetic bunker which is foremost in the field for practicality, durability and longevity.  

 

The bunker can be installed so that there are multiple lies from 3 distinct positions within the hazard. Each shot can be played to multiple pins allowing maximum variation without taking lies into account. Three common positions are a high flop of varying lengths over the rivet-wall, a more standard full-shot and a splash shot where the ball doesn’t need to rise as high to clear the face.

 

The bunkers are built so that all shots are played onto the short game green but will be designed so that there is minimal sand splash onto the surface without compromising usability.

 

 

 

  • Maximum usability
  • Low maintenance
  • Extremely durable and hard wearing
  • Sand density and thickness can be chosen by the client to replicate regular competition play

 

 

 

Golf Greens

The Short Game Practice Green is our signature product which we have developed over a decade in conjunction with professional golfers, coaches, grounds staff, turf-manufacturers and soil engineers. The soil is removed until we are satisfied there is no risk of adverse conditions affecting the playing surface and layers of stone aggregate are built up on site to create the shape of the green. The exact nature of each green is only finally determined in-situ.We work with the client to create the most cost-effective and visually impressive creation for each specific location. 

 

The synthetic surface is laid on top of a fine stone dust that already contains all the final contours and undulations. The turf we use for this green is manufactured in the USA and is made from a Polypropylene fibre. It has specifically created backing which gives our turf the maximum drainage ratio. Different climates and client requirements necessitate different product variations which will be discussed with the client. Viewed as a sample ex situ it is hard to imagine the final surface but it is just one of the raw materials that turns the finished product, when professionally installed, into a true rolling and receptive surface that is our premier all round short-game green. 

 

The synthetic turf is “filled” with fine silica sand which is spread and brushed by our highly-experienced team to create a true putting surface which will replicate a Tour quality real-grass green without the need for daily mowing. A spinning golf ball will react in the same way as on a fully maintained grass green and any inconsistencies in the swing will be apparent to an experienced golfer watching the balls reaction. The importance of correct sand filling and brushing to avoid medium term problems in the playability of the green cannot be overstated.

 

The surface will have a putting speed of between 11 & 13 on the Stimpmeter so all undulations will be as subtle as that of a top golf course. This is best practice for putting as it trains the golfer to read the green as well as make the stroke. It is also the established view that it is preferable to practice on a faster green before a round rather than a slower one so as to permit the learning of a ‘stroke’ rather than a ‘hit’. (*Mark Roe, Dave Pelz, Jose-Maria Olazabal) We commonly see lesser quality synthetic surfaces at this speed which are too hard to absorb a pitch shot or have too many undulations thus rendering the surface unplayable. All shots we incorporate, (although some are extremely challenging!) are makable. This is the same product we have installed for Rory McIlroy at his home in Northern Ireland.

 

  • Premium quality turf that is suitable for the location
  • High putting speeds and accurate ball reaction including back spin and side spin
  • Low maintenance
  • High longevity (10+ years and counting)
  • Allows golfers to use practice routines such as Gripzone which encourage finishing out the hole and keeping score to improve game. This green is for pitching, chipping AND putting.

Tee Boxes

Surrounding your practice green we can incorporate tees or ‘Hitting-Stations’. These are used to facilitate practice and can be replicas of club tees or unobtrusive mats hidden within existing landscaping. Fixed tees are designed to give standard distances to each flag location on your practice green. The design of the green and the positioning of these tees are intertwined and the exact location of each is chosen during the construction process after the final shape of the green is decided. The stations are designed to maximise the number of possible shots and practical yardages when positioning the tees relative to the pins. In a larger installation for example, we have previously given a client the yardages required for the par 3 holes on his local course. A few practice shots prior to a round makes club selection a breeze in real gameplay. 

The hitting surface of the practice stations is an absorbent but hard wearing synthetic Nylon turf with a cushioned underlay on top of a leveled hardcore surface. The turf is dressed with fine sand and does not give the “false bounce” common when hitting wedges from an old driving range mat and is also much safer to use as there is less risk of injury with an errant swing. The surface is built to be dense so it does not “grab” the club at impact, replicating as close as possible standard conditions on a real course. 

The tees, if used heavily, will need to be lightly dressed with sand every year to replace any lost when a shot is taken. The synthetic turf can be replaced very simply as and when needed. Depending on use this could be anything from every couple of years for best performance but we have plenty in place for many years without any signs of wear. We usually install special circular tees as they can be rotated occasionally to prolong the peak life of the product and also force the golfer to line up their shot themselves. These hitting points can be as small as a shoebox lid and are a great value way of ensuring best-practice when improving your golf game. 

The tees will be clearly visible to the golfer using the facility but will sit flush with natural grass where required and can fit in aesthetically with garden as a whole. 

Putting Greens

The putting green is designed to accurately replicate the movement of a golf ball on natural grass when the ball is struck with a putter. Short chip shots are also replicated consistently onto it. It is our choice of product for high quality putting practice due to the speed, consistency and cost-effectiveness of the surface.

 

A sample design for a versatile putting practice facility includes a 1250 square foot Nylon green inclusive of a surrounding fringe. The fringe is aesthetically pleasing and serves to focus the eye of the golfer, and construction wise it also stretches and holds the surface in place for the lifetime of the product. This surface is slightly slower than the Short Game Green with putting speeds of between 9 & 11 on the Stimpmeter. 

 

The design of the putting green is standardised as it needs to incorporate all potential putts. Holes are positioned to allow for favourite putting drill practice such as the Karl Morris “clock” and all circular drills and lengths used in the mygripzone.com training techniques. There is also at least one level-putt where we aim to achieve the maximum length possible, whilst taking all the other design features into account. Straight putts are essential for highlighting any technique deficiencies in the stroke. This size of green is the minimum we feel can incorporate all the required shots. We have seen examples of greens c.15x40ft that are fine for checking technique before a round and drilling short-putts but are not sufficient for total structured practice.

 

  • The Nylon surface requires very little maintenance other than removal of debris and moss-spray.  

  • Consistent in all weather

  • Blends seamlessly into surroundings

  • Low maintenance

  • Excellent area for focused putting drills as favoured by top coaches.