If you’re looking for a good weekend project, Lowe’s website offers instructions on building your own backyard putting green. Using wood, sand, paver base, astroturf, PVC, and a few basic tools — plus some elbow grease/quality time spent with the kiddo — this looks like a project you could do even without the big box. In fact, one online magazine dedicates a whole section to building your own greens that go beyond the 8′ by 8′ square.
We see a few potential concerns, though: warped wood over time, protecting the green in winter months, and drainage issues since the flat turf and raised border can retain water. Do you have experience building a green or ideas about how to improve drainage? Post in comments and let us know!