What is a Putting Green?

Sheri Cyprus

A putting green refers to a section of green turf on a golf course with a hole marked by a flag. The golfer tries to get the golf ball into the hole by using a golf club called a putter. Even though the golf ball can be quite close to the hole during putting, these shots can be difficult. When not on the golf course, golf enthusiasts often practice on either a portable putting green in their home or office or on a putting green they have installed in their backyard.

Kits are available to allow golfers to create their own putting greens on their yards.
Kits are available to allow golfers to create their own putting greens on their yards.

Do-it-yourself putting green kits are available or a company that specializes in creating putting greens that fit in with the existing landscaping can be hired. Artificial turf that is made to resist fading and damage from the weather is often used for putting greens, but real grass can be used instead. A backyard putting green can be made to be as close to the kind on a commercial golf course as possible. This can be a great source of pleasure to the homeowner as he or she can not only practice putting, but entertain fellow golf enthusiasts as well.

A putting green is a hole marked by a flag on a golf course.
A putting green is a hole marked by a flag on a golf course.

Artificial grass putting greens are favored by many as they don't require mowing or fertilizing. Small indoor putting greens with artificial grass are great for practice on rainy or snowy days. They are used in homes such as in a basement, den or family room as well as in some offices. Real grass putting greens can be great for those who like to garden because they can be a lot of work. Many golfers say that real grass is worth the work because it is best for a true ball roll that artificial greens just can't match.

Commercial golf courses may have either real or artificial grass putting greens. In hot climates, real grass can be very difficult to keep green. Bermuda grass is a real grass that is often considered the best for holding up in warm temperatures. Bentgrass is a real grass that is typically used in areas with milder climates.

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@Logicfest -- Good points and that practice green will help you improve your putting. But it does not substitute for real life experience on a green.

Here is what I mean. Greens are affected by rain (too much or too little), not being cut right, being cut too short, being left too long and a million other little variables that you cannot replicate on a putting green. The only way to deal with those variable is to get out and actually play them.

But, even the, there is something to consider. The condition of the greens on any given golf course can change from week to week and even day to day. What works for your putting game on one golf course may not work the next due to those varying conditions.

Hey, golf is a tough game. Getting in as much real life playing and practice on putting greens as possible will help you.


@Soulfox -- I can't say I agree with that. I understand the problem, but I can't help but wonder why you don't simply move around that putting green that tends to slope up and to the left.

Here is what I mean. If it slopes up and to the left on one side, that means it slopes down and to the right on the other. The good thing about a practice green is that you can make it slope around and such so that you can try shots from several, different angles.

A good green will be varied enough for you to calculate all kinds of shots and learn how to do the same thing when it comes to playing on a real green. Frankly, I'd much rather have some practice in so I stand a better shot at not over or under hitting my ball and having it drift way off course. Some practice on a good putting green can help with that.


I have never been a big fan of these because I have not found that they help worth anything on my putting. Here is the thing about putting. Being able to read the elevation and slope of each, individual hole is important.

Let's say you have a putting green that slopes up and generally tilts to the left. That's great. You can read that green, but can you read other greens on a real, live golf course? Probably not.

There is one way to get good a putting. Play on as many greens as you can and practice, practice, practice.

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