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Putting Green

Introduce kids to golf and improve your short game with this quick and easy project.

Step 1

Mark off a level 8- x 8-foot square area for the putting green.

Rough cost estimate: $155 (for an approximatly 8- x 8-foot putting green) Does not include labor costs or applicable taxes, which vary by market, or the cost of tools.


Rough time estimate: 1 weekend


Mark off a level 8- x 8-foot square area. Remove approximately 1 1/2 inches of soil, and compress using a tamper.

Step 2

golf hole

To create the putting-green cup, place a 4-inch atrium grate in a 3- x 4-inch S&D adapter, and place this assembly inside a 4-inch S&D bushing. (These can be found in the plumbing department.)

Step 3

putting green construction

Select a location for the cup assembly, and dig a hole with a posthole digger. Test-fit the cup assembly, and adjust as needed. Fill any gaps around the cup assembly with sand or paver base.

Step 4

level out paver base

Apply and level out paver base and/or sand in the remaining 8- x 8-foot area. Tip: Use a 2 x 4 to level the area. Tamp down with a tamper.

Step 5

home putting green

Cut the turf to fit the prepared area. Test-fit and trim as necessary. Cut an opening for the cup assembly. Secure the turf by hammering in landscape fabric pins, spaced approximately 2 inches from the edges of the turf.

Step 6

backyard golf

Cut 2 x 4s to fit the perimeter of the putting green area. Using pocket hole screws, attach the 2 x 4s together at the ends to create a frame. Place the 2 x 4 frame on top of the turf, making sure to cover the pins. Do not secure the 2 x 4s to the ground. To create the flagpole, cut a 1/2-inch-diameter PVC pipe to 3 feet, and wrap the pole with electrical tape. Cut a flag from a drop cloth, paint as desired, and spray with a clear topcoat, allowing each coat to dry. Use Liquid Nails to attach the flag to the PVC pole. Use Liquid Nails to attach a 3/4-inch bushing piece (found in the plumbing department) to the inside of the atrium grate. Place the flagpole inside the bushing.

Good To Know:

Test the putting green by rolling a golf ball in various spots across the turf. Tamp down any rough areas as needed.

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Project Details

  • Materials
    • 4 boards, 2 x 4 x 8 (Availability varies by market. Cedar, redwood, and treated lumber are appropriate for this project.)
    • 1 package of (2 1/2-inch) pocket hole screws, coarse thread
    • 2 packages of landscape fabric pins (#86416)
    • DWV x S&D adapter (3- x 4-inch, #23330)
    • PVC S&D bushing (4-inch, white, #24093)
    • Atrium grate (4-inch, green, #21590)
    • 5 bags of paver base (#100166)
    • 5 bags of all-purpose sand (#104898) Availability varies by market.
    • Ivy Top Sail turf (9-foot length, #234774)
    • PVC pipe (1/2-inch-diameter, #23967)
    • PVC bushing (3/4-inch, white, #23911)
    • Drop cloth (4- x 5-foot, #197749)
    • 1 quart of premixed paint (blue, #53083)
    • Blue electrical tape (Availability varies by market.)
    • Liquid Nails for small projects (clear, #239057)
    • Clear topcoat spray (#282329)
  • Tools
    • Shovel
    • Tamper
    • Posthole digger
    • Hammer
    • Utility knife or shears
    • Utility scissors
    • Circular saw with a straightedge guide (SKILSAW, Model 5680)
    • Drill/driver (SKIL, Model 2887)
    • 1-inch paintbrush

About This Article

  • Publish Date: 06/01/2009