Installing Putting Surfaces on Concrete

  1. Preparing the concrete floor:  Clean your underlying surface, removing any dirt, remaining adhesive or carpet.  Your local hardware store should be able to recommend a product that will dissolve any remaining adhesive or glue. Once cleaned, make sure the concrete is smooth and even.  If you have cracks or holes in the concrete, use a floor leveling compound, which should also be available from your local hardware supplier.  Be sure to allow the recommended time for the leveling compound to cure and dry.
  2. Cutting holes in the floor: After leveling is complete, if placing ball cups in the floor you will need to make a space for them.  This can be done through core drilling [the cup holes], though we have found that using a hammer and chisel can be an equally or even more effective method. It is likely that after drilling or chiseling the space for the cup holes, you will need to sculpt your holes down to the exact size needed.  This can be done using “Quikcrete” or a similar product to shape the exact dimensions required for cup size.
  3. Preparing the turf for installation:  Make sure your turf is 1’ to 2’ bigger than your planned putting green. This allows you to shape the green to a “soft peanut” or figure 8, giving your green an authentic appearance.
  4. Once you have insured the surface is clean, place the turf over the desired area, pressing down firmly and smoothing out turf to insure an exact fit.  With chalk, trace the shape of the putting surface on the side of the turf that is facing up. Using a loop pile cutter or carpet knife, trim the excess off of the putting surface, leaving you with the correct size to adhere to your putting green.
  5. Gluing the surface down:  Using urethane compatible adhesive (we recommend “Turf Claw”) spread the adhesive evenly over the surface. Allow the adhesive to cure (see manufacturer’s specifications) before placing turf on desired surface. Make sure you have a room temperature of no less than 80 degrees.  Once the green is in place, use a seam roller or light water roller to roll the whole green repeatedly for the first hour.  This will insure that the backing completely adheres to the underlying surface and push out any remaining air pockets. Let sit for one hour and then roll the green once more.

Once you have completed all steps, you are ready to play!