For nearly 60 years the USGA recommendations for putting green construction have been the most widely used method of putting green construction throughout the United States and other parts of the world. When built and maintained properly, putting greens built in accordance to the USGA recommendations have provided consistently good results for golf courses over a period of many years. These recommendations are periodically reviewed and updated as a result of scientific research and as new techniques and materials are proven reliable.
This document specifically represents the USGA’s recommendations for putting green construction. It does not include a discussion of construction techniques or methods.
The Recommendations can be downloaded here: http://archive.lib.msu.edu/tic/usgamisc/monos/2018recommendationsmethodputtinggreen.pdf
The USGA Recommendations for a Method of Putting Green Construction include specific details and parameters regarding putting green construction and are not intended to be a “how to” document. For example, the Recommendations include scientifically derived parameters for the rootzone mixture, organic matter selection and gravel size. However, the Recommendations do not describe exact procedures for how best to excavate the cavity, lay out the drainage design or install the gravel and rootzone mixture.
The USGA’s Tips for Success addresses the practical side of putting green construction. It also includes suggestions for planting and grow in.
Tips for Success can be downloaded here: http://archive.lib.msu.edu/tic/usgamisc/monos/tipsforsuccess-2018.pdf