Southwest Greens, with branches throughout the world, remains our choice for synthetic putting surfaces. We know its quality firsthand, because Golf Digest has a 450-square-foot putting green by the company in our office on the 27th floor of One World Trade Center in New York, a devilish nylon surface of subtle contours designed by Jack Nicklaus and David Savic of Nicklaus Design. Savic also designed the massive 20,000-square-foot 36-hole putting course in Las Vegas for last November's Major Series of Putting, made of outdoor polypropylene infill turf, which allowed green speeds to be adjusted by adding or subtracting sand.
Also impressive is Hong Kong Golf & Tennis in Sai Kung, China, a full-service practice facility where the range doubles as a six-hole pitch & putt course. It's 100 percent synthetic, using the Southwest Greens PRO System of various turf heights and textures to replicate the look and playing characteristics of greens, fairways, rough and even bunkers. Created by Jim Wagner of Nicklaus Design on just a couple of acres, it looks to us like the ultimate compact back-yard golf course.
We recommend Southwest Greens because of its vast experience in quality indoor and outdoor practice greens. Depending on the type of synthetic turf used, a Southwest Greens putting surface will run $11 to $15 per square foot. Which means a 10-foot-by-10-foot nylon practice green can be installed in your basement for about $1,100. For a bit extra, you can have Nicklaus Design provide you with a professionally designed surface. Jack's company has an exclusive agreement with Southwest Greens for such custom jobs.
Southwest Greens, prices vary by region of the country