Putting Green

Going Green in Golf

Synthetic putting greens roll across the desert landscape

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Putting Green
The drought has made putting green installations pick up in Greater Palm Springs.

Once considered an at-home amenity for the true golf nut, there has been an upswing in synthetic putting greens being installed in Coachella Valley backyards in recent years.

The uprise is happening as California’s drought conditions have given rise to Gov. Jerry Browne’s statewide water reduction mandates in April 2015 — an effort preceded across desert fairways by the Coachella Valley Water Management Plan (2010) and the C.V. Golf Water Task Force (2013).

Boasting energy efficiency and eventual cost savings, synthetic putting greens (and desert-scaping) are becoming an attractive purchase for homeowners – and not just the driven, daily golfer.

VIDEO: Estate Greens’ Paul Donhauser shows a recent installation at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.


Their longevity can stretch to approximately 12 years and will eventually pay for itself thanks to water cost savings of thousands of gallons of water that would have gone to the lawn, according to Paul Donhauser, owner of Estate Greens in Palm Desert.

With enhanced technology mimicking a true golf roll, these surfaces will help you work on your putting and short game.