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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How is a SofTrak® Green built?
We start by excavating and compacting the site. Then we add a two layer compacted crushed stone flex-base. We shape and contour to your specifications. Next we place the turf and add a special blend of cleaned and size graded rounded quartz silica. We then broom the quartz silica into the turf with a specialized power broom from Germany. This causes the fibers to stand upright, relax and blossom. Finally we apply a combination of black and green top-dressing sand, which gives the green a realistic appearance. Our last step is to adjust the speed of the green by rolling it.
What is a SofTrak® Green made of?
The yarns are an advanced generation of polypropylene fibers with a dual tufted polyurethane backing. It resists all forms of rot, mildew and bacteria. It will not degrade due to standing or flowing water and resists chemicals and heat.
How much will a SofTrak® Green cost?
A SofTrak® Putting Green generally cost between $15 and $25 per square foot. The prices vary based on size and other site-specific factors. Other factors include the accessibility of the site to our equipment and materials, the need for significant grading and sodding, and the addition of retaining walls or other landscaping. Of course, placing a SofTrak® putting green in your yard will create a beautiful landscape with both a fun and functional use — a smart investment!
How long will a SofTrak® Green last?
The materials used in our SofTrak® putting greens are made from tough polypropylene fibers and are designed to resist the harmful effects of rain, snow, ice, and sun. With proper and regular maintenance (once or twice a year), your green can last as long as 15 years or more.
At what speeds do the SofTrak® Greens roll?
Our greens can be installed to roll at any speed desired by the client. The speeds can be adjusted at any time just by brushing or rolling the green. Most greens are set based on the client’s wishes somewhere between 8 to 11 on the “Stimpmeter”.
Can a SofTrak® Green have contours and undulations like a real putting green?
Absolutely. Our SofTrak® synthetic putting green system utilizes over 6 pounds per square foot of a specialized rounded quartz silica (RQS 2000) that can be found only in Texas and Minnesota. The sheer weight of the quartz silica (over 3 tons for a 1,000 sq.ft. green!) anchors the turf in place, causing it to conform to the slopes and contours that we carefully design and sculpt into the base. Note that smaller greens can only have modest contours or they would fail to provide a realistic practice environment.
What kind of maintenance is required with a SofTrak® Green?
An occasional brooming and rolling is all that’s necessary to maintain its beauty and playability. Keep your green free of debris. Brush to revitalize fibers as needed. Roll with a water-filled lawn roller as desired to increase the speed and smoothness. After the initial installation is completed, just 2 or 3 hours per year is all that is required. We also offer an annual maintenance and tune-up program for our customers.
How long will it take to install a SofTrak® Green?
Most greens can be installed in about a week, depending on the amount of site preparation and clean up required. You might be putting and chipping the weekend after we start!