The Process of Shaping a Green

Despite their beauty and intricacies, building a green can be done faster than you may think. Greens are an important part of any golf course, and can make or break some holes.

The Process of Shaping a Green

Preparing the Green for Shaping

After getting the drawing plan from the architect, the shaper first secures the perimeter. This is often done with stakes. Depending on the level of difficulty of the incoming green, stakes or other markers may be also placed on the interior to designate transitional areas.

Removal of the Old Green and Rough Shaping

The first part of what is called the rough shaping is to take out the old green. Or, if it is a new course, the old grass. This is done using a bulldozer. When the area is cleared, the land forming is continued using a tractor. A fresh, new, workable grade of soil will be installed. This rough shaping will establish the dimensions and the foundation for the upcoming refinement.

Fine Grading

During this phase, the topsoil, gravel, and sand will be applied, and the components will be graded to meet the specifications of the plan. The contours, slope, and fall line will be established, as well as the location of the hole.

The New Grass

The final part of the job is laying in the new grass. This can be done either by direct replacement with sod, or it can be grown from seeding. Sodding must be done carefully in order to ensure the green remains even and true to its intended form.

How Long Does it Take to Shape a Green?

In total, shaping a green may take approximately 5 days, assuming consistent, all-day work. It will take approximately 1.5 to 2 days to shape the area to specification with the bulldozer and tractor, and another approximately 1.5 to 2 more days to lay in the new soil and gravel. Then a day to apply the sand, and also lay down the new grass.

If your course is due for a new green, or you have any further questions regarding our shaping services, please do not hesitate to give us a call.