Money Game: With a backyard putting green, you can sharpen your short game at home (

Putting greens got a pandemic boost. Stuck at home, people began dreaming about installing a green or short-game practice area. But in the annals of DIY projects, it turns out these greens are tough to create. Engineering a synthetic green is not all that different from creating a real one. It requires drainage, proper pitch and someone who can lay the sod so it doesn’t look like bad plastic surgery. People who try to do it on the cheap can end up with lumpy, uneven and wet greens. Same is true for those who go with real sod. Jack Nicklaus threw in the towel a few years ago and opted for a synthetic green at his home at The Bear’s Club, in Jupiter, Fla. And he owns his own golf course design firm!

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