Practice makes perfect and Arizona residents have started to install personal putting courses to improve their short game from home. America is home to 24.1 million golfers and 2.2 million are beginners who want to find ways to improve their swing. Businesses, residential properties and even hospitals in the area are installing luxury putting courses for all to enjoy.
"Golf courses are generally beautiful, that's why people like to live on them," said PuttTek co-owner Camron Howell. "We take unique traits of golf courses and scale it down to fit in your yard." Howell said that his putting courses have a smoothness and green speeds that are identical to any upscale country club.
What started out as a personal passion project turned into a luxury putting course business. Howell has enjoyed 30 years of competitive golf and as the 2011 Arizona Amateur Golfer of the Year, he is no stranger to the game. However, now focused on his young family, Howell searched for a company that could deliver a realistic putting course that all could enjoy. He wanted a nine hole course that he could play over and over again. After receiving multiple responses all indicating they couldn't do what he wanted, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
"It had to be challenging, beautiful and realistic so I decided to design and shape it all myself," Howell said. "I ordered the best turf, hired the finest crew and worked alongside them everyday until it was perfect." Howell used the same typography found on a traditional golf course. The course used a few different turf products - Everlast Nylon Putt 2-Tone, Everlast Poly Putt 2-Tone and TigerTurf Pet Turf found through Synthetic Grass Warehouse to achieve the desired look. This allowed for a different type of effect for the fairway, fringe and putting green. The crew was so impressed by the outcome of the project that they suggested Howell create his own business so that other artificial grass companies could partner up and promote this type of installation.
Howell says that friends ask to come play all the time, which is just fine with him. "It's fun for all ages," he said. "It's safe and it really is a work of art." Howell believes that it's the scoring component that makes his courses so popular. "It's the same reason why people enjoy cornhole, billiards and ping pong," he said. "It's just another form of friendly competition."