June 21, 2024

The game of golf is an activity where accuracy and performance are important. Every aspect of the game must be expertly constructed, from the swing to the turf. At Southwest Greens, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality artificial golf greens that exceed our competition, including Tour Greens. One important element that sets us apart is our comprehensive knowledge of the science behind golf greens, including drainage and performance. This post will examine the technical factors of creating Detroit and all of Michigan golf greens with artificial turf, highlighting the proper drainage systems and turf characteristics that enhance performance.



Proper drainage is the basis of a top-performing golf green. Without effective drainage, even the best-laid turf can turn unusable. Here is why drainage is so essential.


Too much water can result in water pools and moss growth, affecting the playing area and influencing ball roll.


Inadequate drainage can lead to turf quality decline, promoting mold and mildew growth.


Proper drainage provides a sturdy and speedy playing area, which is vital for an authentic golf experience.

At Southwest Greens, we employ state-of-the-art drainage systems engineered to handle heavy precipitation and avoid water pooling. Our method makes certain that your putting surface remains playable despite weather conditions.



Our innovative drainage solutions include:

  • High-Quality Installation: We have a team of expert installers that are experienced in designing and building a golf green with effective drainage. Utilizing a water-permeable backing allows water to pass through easily, preventing pooling on the surface.
  • Subsurface Drainage: Beneath the turf, we set up an advanced subsurface drainage system. This typically consists of a series of perforated tubing (with optional French drains and layers of aggregate) that effectively move water away.
  • Proper Grading: We guarantee that the foundation is correctly graded to facilitate natural water flow, leading surplus water to the drainage system.

These components work together to create a strong water management system that ensures a dry playing surface, and waiting to be played on.



Beyond drainage, the characteristics of the artificial turf itself play a significant role in the performance of your golf green. Here are the key features we focus on at Southwest Greens:

  1. Fiber Composition: Our artificial turf fibers are crafted for strength and realistic ball response. We use a mix of nylon and polyethylene fibers to imitate the visual and tactile qualities of genuine grass.
  2. Pile Height and Density: The pile height and density are carefully picked to ensure the right combination between ball speed and control. This ensures that your turf plays true, whether you're making putts, chipping, or driving.
  3. Infill Material: The infill material, typically a mixture of sand, is vital for providing proper firmness and resilience. Our infill is designed to provide optimal support and stability, improving the overall playability of the putting turf.
  4. UV Resistance: To maintain longevity, our artificial turf is treated with UV stabilizers that safeguard from damage and wear from the sun.



Our dedication to quality and innovation at Southwest Greens sets us apart from the others. We continue to research and develop new technologies to improve our products and provide the highest quality golfing experience. Our expert team is dedicated to ensuring that every putting green we set up in Detroit and all of Michigan reaches the highest durability and performance criteria.

Want to take your golf game to the next level with a Southwest Greens golf green? Reach out to us today to discover more about our innovative offerings and how we can help you achieve the perfect playing surface.