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Southwest Greens of the Valley…now offering a 5mm cushion for your custom putting greens!

Southwest Greens of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona is the only custom synthetic turf putting green company offering a 5 millimeter cushion to go under your putting green turf.

What does a 5mm cushion mean for you?

First, if you have a sand in-filled putting green like those we build, over time, the sand will compact and make your putting green surface hard and fast, maybe too fast. If you are chipping to your golf green, the ball may skip and roll right off the green due to the hardness.

With our 5mm cushion installed underneath your putting green turf, it will keep your golf green supple and soft. It will not only give it more longevity, but will accept shots from over 200 yards that stop on a dime, and you can even spin the ball back with our cushion, just like a real golf green.

When you choose Southwest Greens of the Valley you are choosing the #1 company for custom Nicklaus Design golf greens, lawns, playgrounds, bocce ball and croquet courts.

To learn more about Southwest Greens of the Valley and how we can build your custom golf green, please visit www.swgarizona.com.  Please contact us for more information or consultation at 480-664-9417 or click here to email us.

What are the best ways to maintain my synthetic turf and putting greens?

With winter upon us here in the desert southwest, leaves and other debris falls on our synthetic turf lawns and putting greens.  That means a bit of easy maintenance.

To clean your putting green or lawn of any debris, take a blower and hold about knee high to blow the debris off your surfaces.  Don’t hold the blower close to the turf or it will blow out the infill which is very important for your turf.

Your putting green contains approximately seven pounds of round ball bearing silica sand per square foot, lawns and fringe about one to two pounds per square foot.  This sand is what gives your putting green a smooth and fast roll.  Any sand that is blown out  will cause a nick or depression in your putting green surface, causing a untrue roll.  Also, it is very important not to stick the blower into the cups to rid debris, as it will blow sand out of the edges of the turf. When cleaning your Ultimate Tee Box turf also do not use a broom because this product is nylon and you do not want to disturb the fibers.

A few other putting green tips:

  •  If your putting green or fringe/lawn are dirty or dusty take a hose and spray gently the whole area for a new look.
  •  If you have sprinklers that run periodically on your green or lawn you might notice a white residue on the grass, that is a calcium buildup from the hard water in Arizona, just take the product CLR and spray on white areas and let sit for 5-10 minutes and wash off gently with a hose.

Lastly, some debris will settle into the bottom of your lawn turf. This is why we recommend once or twice a year for Southwest Greens of the Valley to do a full maintenance on your putting green and lawn. Our power brooms are great at pulling out all of the debris that has settled to the bottom, leaving a clean and brand new looking lawn and fringe!

A few good reasons to call Southwest Greens of the Valley to do your putting green maintenance:

  1. We have the power brooms to clean debris that falls to the bottom of your fringe or lawn turf.
  2. We never use these brooms to clean debris off your putting green because it will disturb the fibers and your ball will not roll as smooth as it should.

To learn more about synthetic grass, artificial turf and custom synthetic turf putting greens call Southwest Greens of the Valley at 480-664-9417 or contact us today by clicking here.

What to do when your lawn or golf green gets soaked with heavy rains

Our weather can bring some heavy rains at times especially when it’s a monsoon. Yes, those monsoons can be a nuisance, but the majority of the time any damage to your synthetic lawn or putting green can be fixed to its original design by Southwest Greens of the Valley here in Phoenix, Arizona.

How will your lawn or golf green hold up when you get heavy rains? 

If an unusual amount of rain falls (2-5 inches) in a quick period of time. a few things can happen to your turf, but nothing to permanently damage it.

Southwest Greens turf drains 126 inches of water per hour, but that doesn’t mean your base will drain at that rate.  Water flow could lift your turf and damage the base area. That can easily be fixed by having a Southwest Greens’ installer roll back your turf, fix the base area, re-compact and then re-attach the turf. It will look just like it did before the storm!

Heavy water flow can also wash out the infill of silica sand and crumb rubber.  That shouldn’t be a problem. Southwest Greens can come out and re-infill your turf and power broom it to make it look brand new.

Your golf green infill, which has approximately seven pounds per square feet of a combination of round ball-bearing silica sand and a top dressing of black and green round ball-bearing silica sand, could partially be washed out. Just call Southwest Greens of the Valley and we will come out and re-infill your golf green with the same silica sand and we will then re-roll your golf green to give it the same roll and speed it had before.

Southwest Putting Greens International, Inc. and Southwest Greens of the Valley began installing synthetic turf grasses, play area, putting greens, tee boxes, tee lines and more here in the Valley of the Sun in 1996.  As one of the first companies to offer this product to Phoenicians and Northern Arizonans, Southwest Greens of the Valley slowly began spreading the word about synthetic turf throughout the greater Phoenix area.   If you would like to learn more about a synthetic lawn or custom golf green for your home or office, please call us today at 480-664-9417 or contact us now. 

Southwest Greens of the Valley putting green

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Dogs love turf lawns. So will you!

Dogs love turf lawns. So will you!





What type of sand in-fill is right for a putting green?

Southwest Greens of the Valley can build you a putting green, but that’s just half the battle!

What about your short game?

We offer many different types and styles of lawns that make for great chipping practice.

Those include: 1” Fairway, 1 ¾” Second Cut,  2” Deep Rough and Ultimate Tee Box Turf –Tight Lie.

We can also build grass bunkers or sand bunkers.  Our recommendation is to build sand bunkers 6-8 feet away from the putting green, so the sand does not splash on the putting green which is in-filled  #20 sieve round ball bearing sand which is a different sand than bunker sand.

putting green with bunker

Get out your sand wedge!

We use only the best sand for our putting greens. The #20 sieve round ball bearing silica sand is meant specifically for putting greens. Round ball bearing sand does not cut at the blades like a sub-angular sand, and will add years to your golf green.

Southwest Greens of the Valley also uses a mix of black and green round ball bearing sand for top dressing your putting green to give it a beautiful color and a long life.

Be aware: our Southwest Greens of the Valley round ball bearing sand does not have sharp edges, which will cut at the blades while you are walking on your putting green.  This will also give your putting green a longer lifespan. Sand trap sand, or bunker sand, are angular sands that contain a little silt and clay.  This will affect the roll of the ball when putting.  It will also clump up if it gets wet.

To learn more about installing a custom putting green at your home, office or resort, call Southwest Greens of the Valley at 480-664-9417.  View our putting green gallery at: http://www.arizonaputtinggreen.com/putting_greens_gallery.php

What are the different types of synthetic turf for putting greens?

Putting is half the fun, chipping can really improve your game!

Fairway/Rec Turf is our 1” first cut turf that we install as an apron around your green or as an area leading up to the golf green, which gives you a tight fairway lie to chip from.

GB50 Golden Bear 50 is our 1 ¾ “ turf that gives you a 2nd cut chip that is attractive and useful when bordering our Fairway/Rec 1” turf

GB80 or Bermuda 72 are our 2” turfs which give you the opportunity to chip from a deep rough situation.

Ultimate Tee Box Turf—This is our tee box turf that we install at driving ranges. We can build a tee box using Ultimate Tee which gives you a very tight lie, or we can offer you a portable pad in any size that you can place in different parts of your yard.  This will give you all chipping angles to your golf green (you can also put a tee in it to drive), which means you can set up a net to hit every club in your bag.

For the finest design, construction and installation team of putting greens and synthetic lawns in the Valley of the Sun, choose Southwest Greens of the Valley today!  480-664-9417


The best of everything from Southwest Greens of the Valley!

The best of everything from Southwest Greens of the Valley!



What is the cost difference between real grass and artificial grass?

The cost savings case for synthetic grass from Southwest Greens of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona.

If you’re thinking about installing synthetic grass as your new lawn this summer, your on your way to saving a lot of time and money!  Here’s our analysis when comparing live grass to synthetic grass from Southwest Greens of the Valley.

Regular Sod Grass:

Lawn size: 1000 square feet

Cost to have sod installed: $1500.00

Irrigation system: $ 800

Starter fertilizer and soil amenities: $ 200

Cost to maintain: $120/month

Repair costs: average per year: $100

**Total: $3,800 cost in first year

*Annual maintenance cost for sod grass is about 12 cents per sq. foot to maintain.  The numbers: 1000 sq. feet x .12 cents per sq. foot = $120 per month x 12 months = 1,440.00 per year x 4 years = $5,760

Synthetic Grass Cost:

Lawn size: 1000 square feet

Cost: 6.50 per sq. foot average

Total cost = $6,500.00 for your turf and complete installation.

By the numbers:

In a few short years synthetic grass will pay for itself and give you savings for an additional 6 – 10 years without the maintenance headaches, and you’ll be saving tons of precious water, too!

If you would like to view pictures, please visit our gallery.  Just look how real this looks!

Can you tell the difference?  Yes, this is synthetic grass!

Can you tell the difference? Yes, this is synthetic grass!


For your complimentary analysis and consultation in the Phoenix, Arizona area, please call Southwest Greens of the Valley at 480-664-9417.