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Is your range tee or practice area large enough to handle the wear and tear from regular use? Do you have to hit from a synthetic turf when you warm up or practice? These are two tough questions that many golfers and courses have to ask themselves everyday. Now what product do you select? This picture shows that even synthetic turf has a life span. The current turf was installed four years ago and it has lost cushion. Golfers are having problems teeing up a ball and hitting irons off of this surface. I feel that the product has lost it’s pile height/cushion because of the sun, foot traffic and heavy use for the last four years. The synthetic turf was installed on a sand based product and it drains well. So water was not an issue.

I have placed a new synthetic turf test square right on top of the current product so golfers can see the difference and test it out. This process brings back a bunch of bad memories for golfers that remember the first product that came out 10 years ago. That product was loaded with rubber and sand. The idea of that was to help with the shock of the club hitting the ground and make it feel more like hitting out of real turf. This idea might have lasted for the first few months after it was installed then it quickly turned to rock. Golfers hated it and made many courses remove the product. Today we are faced with selecting a replacement synthetic turf. There are not many companies that make the product but there are a bunch of companies will install it for you. Nylon over polypropylene is what we are faced with. Check back in a month and I will tell you which one is the winner. Which one do you think will win?

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