Putting Greens

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jamesgateslandscaping, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have been tossing around the idea of putting greens, Is there a market for it? I have been looking at the kits from a company that sells polypropelene kits, not the nylon ones, the material is very nice and is of good quality but Im just afraid no one will want one, I live in middle to upper class area and think it might be a good try, the cost to install one is $4.50 a square ft but I can market them for $11-$14 payup a square ft according to the dealer, I need opinions because it seems like a lot of money can be made from this,
    Thanks Guys
    James
     
  2. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes there is a market for it. Yes, the money is good. They are easy to install, but you need someone with patience to do the cutting for fringes etc. The Market I have found best is hotels. Every business man takes his clubs with him out of town. What better way to kill of those evening hours than a putting green. Also a market for higher end office complexes, with high power executives, stress relief during the noon hour is my selling point. Residental have to have golf nuts with money to buy. Hope this helps.
     
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Someone's done their homework. Smart idea IMO...
     
  4. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Personally I think this is going to be one of the fastest growing markets out there. Look how big golf is. And many people can't get to the course often enough. I like the idea of hotels, but I see a huge market with homeowners also.
     
  5. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    There are some homes here with them and resorts have them as well. You see them more in the affluent neighborhoods. How fast can the kits be shipped? If it doesn't take long you can do just in time delivery and won't have a lot tied up in inventory. There are companies here that specialize in it so there is definately a market.
     
  6. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
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    Randy J I have found home owners are not the Market, but rather a very small part of it. First, most wont drop 4K-11K for a putting green, becasue if they sell they are out of luck and the new homowner better be a golf nut. Second, Most dont have the yard for it. Yes, you have a select few who will buy one but most will not. Office complexes, Hotels, housing assosiation, Dirving Ranges, golf supply stores etc. If you start this market you need a show green to display to others, so you either need to sell your first one for cost or install one at your shop or home.
     
  7. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have seen this craze bloom and wither in my area. 3 years ago there were a lot of synthetic greens being installed and now I see most are being removed.

    I have had some calls for natural greens but as stated above most residentials don't want to pony up the $7,000-15,000 to build one not to mention the $135 per week to maintain the green.

    I will leave you with this....a pic of my green... :waving:

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  8. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    The kits I plan on installing are synthetic and there is vertually zero maintence and that should be a few selling factor in my area (NH), Im gonna try a marketing campagn in the spring and hopefully I will be succesfull, any other help would be great. The greens are custom cut so there is no inventory and I believe the shipping is quick, factory help is good so far because I have talked with them on the phone. Im also trying to find a spot to set up a sample of the green, hopefully Ill find a place.
    Thanks guys
    James
     
  9. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    James, take note of my location and my last post. IMO the synthetic greens market is flat in NH. I know of 3 greens that were installed 2 years ago that were removed after their first winter. Even synthetic greens require maintenance in NH and people, it seems are disenfranchised with that idea.
     
  10. Grass Gator

    Grass Gator LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    SodKing -

    Why are many greens being removed??
     

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