Date: Sun 21 Apr 2019

The Driving Range Outfield by EIGCA Silver Partner Southwest Greens Construction

The acceptance of high-quality synthetic turf solutions in the golf industry has led to innovative solutions for the driving range floor, or outfield.

Golf Up

Golf Up

Southwest Greens Construction leads the way in providing its performance range turf systems, consulting with many architects and range venue owners around the world with the intention to “take the practice experience to the next level.”

The conventional natural grass range is beset with many challenges. Esthetically speaking, natural grass ranges lack imagination and beauty, due to the practical limitations of creating meaningful features within the range. The cost to maintain a natural grass range with multiple targets, bunker features, fairway and rough delineation is simply not realistic.

Further, there are so many ranges with major drainage issues, in the wet months the natural turf is destroyed by the ball picking equipment, turning the outfield into an unsightly experience for the player, and a maintenance nightmare for the operator. The amount of golf balls that are buried in such range floors is significant.

Grimaud view from tee

Grimaud view from tee

Turning the page into the future with Southwest Greens performance range product systems - imagine having an outfield with unlimited practice possibilities, with every feature that you would want to experience while practicing. From plush fairways and roughs, to beautifully shaped target greens with surrounding bunkers…all in 100% synthetic turf systems. Turf systems that perform, demonstrating the same ball bounce and bite that you love to see on a natural golf course.

From a practical perspective, a synthetic turf outfield comes full circle with cutting edge sophistication, from compact base systems to vertical drainage; gone are the days of wet and soggy outfields. But what ultimately seals the deal is the introduction of robot ball pickers, small and lightweight ball picking robots, capable of picking up 400 balls at a time and as many as 12,000 balls per day. No more heavy, noisy machinery that are unattractive to look at, and expensive to operate And because of the robot’s lightweight design, it does not damage the synthetic turf system as it picks up the balls.

The modern synthetic range is green 365 days per year, with every design possibility available. It is up to the architect’s imagination to see what practice experience can be created for the player.

Topofrock night

Topofrock night

A good example of what is possible is the range at Top of the Rock, in Branson, Missouri, designed by Arnold Palmer and built by SWG Construction. It’s a range on a classic high-end golf-course, suited for “the avid golfer”. Another example of a SWG range is in Grimaud, France called Golf Up, designed by Jean Claude Cornillot. It is more of a “synthetic grass for natural grass” range with 7 targets, and more subtle features.

With the emergence of entertainment venues like Top Golf and Drive Shack, more and more people, both golfers and non-golfers alike, are being drawn to driving range venues. With the addition of entertainment and fun aspects to driving range venues, it is vital that the outfield itself keeps a captive audience.

For more information go to www.southwestgreens.eu

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