Beyond the Green Fees: How a Putting Green Can Offset Golf Costs

Posted by Sunburst Landscaping on April 22, 2024
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Passionate golfers know that greens fees, equipment upgrades, and travel to top courses can easily make a dent in your budget. But what if you could improve your game and cut costs with a smart investment in your own backyard? A custom putting green can transform your home into a golfing oasis, with benefits extending far beyond the enjoyment it brings.

The Financial Advantage of a Home Putting Green

Greens fees vary but can easily cost $50+ per round. Regular practice on your own green eliminates those fees, creating substantial savings over time. You also don’t have to spend gas money driving to a course, plus savings on potential range fees and impulse purchases at the pro shop. And, if you ever decide to sell your home, a well-designed putting green adds visual appeal and recreational value to your property, potentially boosting resale value. 

But Is It Only About Saving Money?

No – having your own putting green offers a number of advantages that are hard to quantify but you’ll definitely feel.

  • The Short Game Advantage: The adage “Drive for show, putt for dough” holds true. Putting accounts for around 40% of your strokes, so consistently practicing those short-and-sweet shots can drastically lower your scores.
  • Targeted Practice: Customize your own green’s design to mimic the breaks and challenges of the courses you struggle with most, improving your overall course performance.
  • Family Fun & Socializing: A backyard putting green provides a space for quality time with loved ones and friendly competition with your golf buddies.
  • Stress Relief: There’s something inherently relaxing about stepping onto your own green and rolling a few putts – a meditative break in your busy day. 

Considerations Before Installing a Putting Green

Thinking if you should DIY your putting green? You can, but the money you save initially can turn into an even more expensive headache in the long run. In contrast, going with professionals will ensure a beautiful, functional putting green that will serve you for years to come.

At Sunburst Landscaping, our meticulous process starts with the following considerations:


Do you have an area that allows for the desired size and shape of the green? Remember to factor in some surrounding space for chipping practice too. If not, our designers can work with you to maximize your space and help you explore other options, like placing your putting green on your patio, beside your pool, or even a roof deck if you have one.


Our team will conduct terrain analysis, construct a custom drainage as needed, and create challenging contours that align with your practice needs and goals.

Artificial Turf Choice

Artificial grass options vary in quality and realism. We can help you choose a putting-specific turf that replicates the roll speed and feel of real greens.

Calculating Your Return on Investment

While the financial savings are important, it’s useful to think of your putting green as both an investment and a passion project. Consider how much you spend on practice sessions at the range and any golf-related travel expenses. Those add up too!

And within just a few years, the cost-saving potential will become clear. However, it’s vital to factor in the pure joy and convenience that regular, focused practice brings. Perfecting your putting stroke can shave points off your scorecard, making the entire golfing experience even more enjoyable and, hopefully, reducing the number of new golf balls you need to buy throughout the season!

Explore Your Options with Sunburst Landscaping

At Sunburst Landscaping, one of our specialties are custom putting greens that fit your space, your goals, and your budget. 

If you have questions or want to explore your options, contact us today for a free consultation. Book your consultation online or call us at 623-412-2200 directly – we’re here to help you make decisions in any way we can.