The use of synthetic grass on golf courses may not be suited to greens, tees and the like but it could be good for things like buggy routes and pathways. Artificial grass offers clubs a versatile, hard-wearing, all-weather surface whilst providing an attractive green appearance all year round. Curtis Allen, Synthetic Specialist at Charterhouse Turf Machinery says that many Golf Courses have found a use for second hand artificial turf.
A carpet may have reached the end of its life as a synthetic playing surface, but it will be perfectly serviceable being used in a different capacity on a Golf Course for many more years. The pile may have become flattened, and while this may have affected its playing characteristics and surface hardness for the sports environment, it will not be a problem in a less stressful environment. The durable nature and aesthetics of this type of material, coupled with the fact it will be low cost if not free, makes it perfect for this type of application. Sand filled pitches (pile of 15mm densely filled with sand) are the material of choice and the current influx of new 3G surfaces replacing these means used ones become available.
The used carpet could have become slippery, and detritus most certainly would have built up over time, so some maintenance is a must. The leaves and detritus can be removed to stop it being worked into the carpet, normally blown into the rough; while light brushing with the Redexim Verti-Broom will keep the top of the carpet open; move the infill and reverse the effects of footfall and buggy traffic. The Verti-Broom is available in 1.0m, 1.8m or 2.4m working widths making it suitable for any pathway, and it can be towed by the smallest of prime movers. By moving and turning the infill it will become possible to inhibit moss and algae ingress therefore keeping pathways safe, serviceable and aesthetically pleasing. Spraying of the carpet in well-timed intervals will also help reduce moss and algae growth.