Beautiful Synthetic Turf Paver Driveway Idea

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STI Featured Application: Pioneer Synthetic Turf’s La Fontaine in Thousand Oaks, California


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Keith Thykeson and the folks at Pioneer Synthetic Turf recently wrapped up this installation synthetic turf paver driveway for Sherwood Construction Development in Thousand Oaks, California.

The driveway project, which was 2600 linear feet, required pouring concrete between each of the paver stone joints, one half inch below top grade.  The crew then glued the turf to the concrete and infilled with sand.  Of course all that work came after hundreds of cuts.

Because of severe water restrictions in California, this is a great way to add some green to the landscape, while helping to conserve water.  And since it’s synthetic turf, it will never need maintenance.

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This 7470 square feet French Colonial home is located in the Sherwood Country Club Community and boasts views of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Sherwood Country Club golf course.  It has five bedrooms and bathrooms and has an asking price of $4.75 million as a brand new construction.

As beautiful as this home is, the synthetic turf paver driveway adds an element to this property that is unique for this community.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World and a maintenance free lawn and landscape.

STI Debuts New Hybrid Plus Product

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Last month Synthetic Turf International announced the launch of their new and improved EZTee® Hybrid Plus Tee Line product


Synthetic Turf International is extremely excited to announce the launch of their new and improved EZTee® Hybrid Plus tee line product.  After numerous requests for a new Hybrid product, we are happy to be able to offer the Hybrid+ as a replacement for the old Hybrid.  The new features of this product offer vast improvements over the previous Hybrid product.

The Hybrid+ is manufactured with a true 50/50 blend of nylon and polypropylene yarns, which have been specifically designed for our tee line products.

The Hybrid+ features additional nylon, which helps to offer a more natural feel and increased softness through club impact.

The Hybrid+ is also cross-stitched now to provide increased stability, producing a firmer feel under foot.

Bear in mind that the Hybrid+ is launching in conjunction with the phasing out of the previous Hybrid product.  Once supplies of the old Hybrid are gone, the Hybrid+ will be the only EZTee® product we will offer with a nylon/polypropylene blend.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World and a better golf game.

STI of Atlanta a Part of Blue Giraffe Golf Institute Upgrades

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STI’s First Featured Application: STI of Atlanta installs putting surface and hitting mats for Blue Giraffe Golf Institute


Synthetic Turf International will be showcasing the fine work of our dealers each week in this space.  Our first featured application shows off some of the great work from STI of Atlanta at the Blue Giraffe Golf Institute.


Bobby Baughn and the folks from STI of Atlanta recently completed their part of the renovation of the Blue Giraffe Golf Institute training facility in Tucker, Georgia.  The facility, which is part of Heritage Golf Links, features 27 holes of championship golf, a lighted practice range and the area featured here, the dedicated instruction house complete with seven active hitting bays.  Heritage was named one of Golf Digest’s “Best New Courses” in 1996.


The Institute is part of a larger effort to provide golfers across all skill levels the opportunity to learn the game from some of the best teaching professionals in the world through their expertise and access to the latest technology.


“The team at Synthetic Turf International of Atlanta has helped the Blue Giraffe Golf Institute create a state of the art golf and training facility in Tucker, Georgia.   The flooring system that STI has installed makes the BGGI one of the top golf Institutes in the country and allows us to provide players of all skill levels with a TOUR like experience,” said Kevin McDonough, VP Sales & Marketing for Blue Giraffe.  “Whether you are a beginner or a member of the PGA TOUR, players will be able to experience the ultimate in TOUR level instruction.”

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Blue Giraffe will also utilize the Institute to host Junior Golf Programs, as well as to foster the development of current and future TOUR caliber players.  The Institute will also be the headquarters for the 40 professional golfers Blue Giraffe Sports Management represents, including such PGA Tour professionals as Stuart Appleby, Heath Slocum, Billy Hurley III, Paul Goydos, Jhonattan Vegas and LPGA Tour pros Lexi Thompson and Julieta Granada.


Blue Giraffe Golf Institute has several corporate partners, including Heritage Golf Links, Cool Clubs, Cobra Puma Golf and Bridgestone Golf.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World and a better golf game.

Expect Another Thrilling Finish as the PGA Championship Returns to Valhalla

Posted on in News, Putting Greens & Golf, Stimp Speeds, Stimpmeter, Synthetic Turf International.

 Past PGA Championships at Valhalla have produced dramatic finishes and this year’s Championship looks to be no different

The view of the clubhouse from Valhalla's first green.

This week the PGA Championship returns to Valhalla Golf Club.

As Rory McIlroy chases his third straight tournament victory (and second straight major) this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, one can’t help but think about all the thrilling finishes that have transpired over the years.

Valhalla hosted the PGA Championship in 1996 for the first time where Mark Brooks won the Wanamaker Trophy in a sudden-death playoff over Kenny Perry.

The second time Valhalla hosted the PGA Championship it was Tiger Woods winning a three hole playoff over Bob May.  That was during Woods’ run of four straight major championships, known as the Tiger Slam.

But Vahalla has also hosted the Senior PGA Championship twice.

In 2004, Hale Irwin won by one shot over Jay Haas by making birdie on the 72nd hole. 2011 saw Tom Watson raise the trophy after defeating David Eager in a one hole playoff.

Even the 2002 PGA Professional National Championship had an exciting finish before Barry Evans hoisted the trophy at Valhalla.

So it should come as no surprise that this year’s tournament, which includes 20 PGA Club Professionals in the 156 player field, has the makings of another classic.

Valhalla will be a different course from the one played at the Senior PGA in 2011.  Course designer Jack Nicklaus overhauled the entire course in order to update the obsolete irrigation systems.  Along the way, several bunkers were removed and a few other structural changes were made to allow for better drainage on the greens and in other spots around the course.

The fairways, tees and greens are comprised of a combination of T1 and Penway Bent grasses.  The first cut of rough is Kentucky Bluegrass, while the second cut is tall Fescue.

This will be the longest PGA Championship course ever, measuring 7458 yards.  And the greens will be slick, and in typical Nicklaus fashion, protected by several of the 62 bunkers in play this week.  Stimp speeds from previous tournaments at Valhalla have measured between 11 and 12 feet on the Stimp Meter, which is close to where they were believed to be at Augusta in April.

The NP Series of putting surfaces from Synthetic Turf International can replicate those same green speeds to help golfers improve their putting under the same conditions as tour players.  Our highly skilled network of dealers can help design and create the same putting conditions as your local golf club.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World and a better short game.


Five Ways Synthetic Turf Can Improve Your Next July Fourth Celebration

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STI offers five ways that your next July Fourth Celebration can be improved by adding synthetic turf


July Fourth is a celebration of our nation’s independence, where people of all ages are decked out in their red, white and blue for barbecues, picnics, fireworks and the occasional pool party.  It’s a holiday where everyone seems to have some sort of celebration to either host or attend.  And since the holiday falls on Friday this year, it also means that some will celebrate all weekend.

As we draw nearer to the big weekend, millions of Americans are putting the finishing touches on their preparations for the July Fourth holiday.  In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, the folks at Synthetic Turf International want to give you five ways synthetic turf can improve your next July Fourth Celebration.

1. Synthetic turf requires virtually zero maintenance.  You won’t have to spend hours mowing and weed-eating to get your lawn ready for the big day.  You’ll have more time to plan your party, more time to spend with friends and family and more time to plan your amazing fireworks show.

2. Fewer Pests, less bugs.  With a synthetic turf lawn, you won’t have to worry about the multitude of pests that infest natural lawns.  Ants won’t interfere with your picnic plans, and other insects will be less likely to migrate your way.

3. Green, lush lawns are perfect for all kinds of summertime activities.  Whether it’s just a simple picnic, or a massive neighborhood barbecue, synthetic turf provides a clean, pesticide and chemical free area where children can run and play, adults can kick off their shoes and feel the turf between their toes and everyone can kick back on a blanket and watch the neighborhood fireworks display in comfort.

4. Water activities are much cleaner with turf.  When you have synthetic turf around your pool, there’s no need to worry about grass clippings, dirt or other debris being tracked into your pool.  Turf is a great option around swimming pools.  Don’t have a pool?  Maybe a Slip and Slide or just a sprinkler for the kids to play in.  With a natural grass lawn, you’d be worried about the muddy mess that they might create.  With synthetic turf, there’s no need to worry.  The water drains through quickly so there’s no muddy mess.

5. Putting Greens add another level of fun for all ages to your backyard. With a putting green from STI, you can set up a putt putt course for the kids, or have a friendly challenge among friends. Children, pets and neighbors all enjoy playing on a synthetic putting green.



STI offers a variety of different applications to meet your needs, and exceed your expectations.

Synthetic Turf International would like to wish everyone a safe and happy July Fourth Holiday!!

STI Brings PGA TOUR Superstore Putting Greens to Life

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Synthetic Turf International continues to be the designer and installer of choice for PGA Tour Superstore putting greens nationwide

Visitors to the PGA Tour Superstore try out new putters on the STI putting greens, courtesy of Bobby Baughn of STI Atlanta.


Synthetic Turf International and PGA Tour Superstore are joining forces once again.

In April, the PGA TOUR Superstore announced three new store openings in 2014 and an ambitious growth strategy that will more than double its current retail footprint, adding one million square feet of new golf retail space over the next five years.

PGA TOUR Superstore currently has 19 retail stores ranging from 40,000 to 50,000 square feet per store. Each store has up to 14 custom fitting simulators and practice bays in every location.  The retailer plans to have up to 50 locations by 2018.

“What’s different about PGA TOUR Superstore is we purposely design our stores with what the golfers want from an experience and product assortment point of view,” said PGA Tour Superstore CEO Dick Sullivan. “When it snows in Chicago or New York, golfers can putt on our 2,000 square-foot putting greens. This experiential format works, and we’re excited to roll it out to many more markets over the next several years.”

That’s where Synthetic Turf International comes in.

Bobby Baughn of STI Atlanta has played an integral part in helping to bring this experiential format to life.  Baughn is a specialist in designing and installing synthetic turf putting greens, and has had a working relationship with PGA Tour Superstores, nationwide, going all the way back to their first store in 2006.

Every one of the PGA Tour Superstore putting greens was designed and installed by Baughn, using STI products.

One of Baughn’s putting greens made its national television debut today as a small part of the Fox and Friends U.S. Open Preview segment, when the popular morning show featured the PGA Tour Superstore’s club fitting technology.


Synthetic Turf International Offers Maintenance Free Alternative to Natural Grass

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Get a Lawn That is Lush, Green and Natural Looking in Appearance Without all the Work from Synthetic Turf International

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Synthetic Turf International offers a wide variety of options for a maintenance free alternative to natural grass


As the weather is warming up and many residents in the Northeast and Midwest are thawing out from a punishing winter full of snow and ice, it’s time to start thinking about how to get back your lush, green lawn.

There are really only two schools of thought on this.

One is simple.  You want the absolute nicest, healthiest, greenest lush lawn possible.

Or, you’ll take what you can get, as long as you don’t have to spend lots of time and energy working on it.

For those in the first group, the process starts in the early Spring with fertilizer applications, pre-emergent treatments, weed control applications, more fertilizer, excessive watering, grub treatments, even more fertilizer.  Then there’s the dethatching, seeding and aerating of your lawn.

To make all this happen, you’ll need to spend hundreds of dollars every year, plus the extensive time commitment these projects will require.  And we haven’t even mentioned the mowing.  Of course, you could hire someone to do all this work for you, but that would be even more expensive.

If you’re part of the second take-what-you-can-get group, you’re probably interested in a far less time consuming option.  You’re content to mow, but you don’t have time for all the extra work.   Or, the extra work just isn’t worth it for the possibility of a lush, green lawn.

If you belong to either one of these groups, there is an alternative to natural grass, synthetic turf.

Synthetic Turf International offers a wide range of synthetic options that can meet your needs and exceed your expectations.  STI’s SoftLawn® line of lawn and landscape products is perfect for any outdoor area, providing a lush, green lawn or landscape without all the fuss of seeding, weeding, mowing and blowing.

The average lawn in the U.S. requires 55 gallons of water per square foot in order to maintain a lush, green appearance.  Some of that comes from rain, but not all of it.  Synthetic turf doesn’t require water, so you’re conserving our most precious resource.

Plus, STI’s products are safe for children and pets because you no longer have chemicals and pesticides on your lawn, which is better for the environment, too.

Your lawn will be lush and green all year, and you’ll get back the countless hours of work to get a great looking lawn.

You can spend more time enjoying your lawn, not working on it.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World and a maintenance free lawn and landscape.

Replicating the Speed of the Greens at Augusta

Posted on in Augusta National, Putting Greens & Golf, Specialty Sports, Stimp Speeds, Stimpmeter, Synthetic Turf International, The Masters.

Getting an accurate speed for the greens at Augusta is next to impossible, but how hard is it to replicate?

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The famed Amen Corner at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

It’s been rated as the number one course in the country, and its fairways, greens, bunkers and water hazards have been seen by more eyes than any other course in the world.  Yet, the track in Augusta, Georgia known as Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most exclusive and closely guarded golf courses in the world.

And while it may not be the most exclusive golf course in the world (we’re not saying it isn’t), it certainly has the perceived reputation as being one of the toughest.

The fact is no one really knows for sure just how tough it is.  This is because the club has forbidden Augusta to be officially rated by the United States Golf Association.

But in 1991, a team of experts descended upon the hallowed grounds to do just that.  Led by the late Ross Goodner and the inventor of the course ratings system, Dean Knuth, the group set out to provide those of us who would never set foot between the ropes of Augusta a rating for the course.

Course ratings tell how difficult a course is to a scratch golfer, or a golfer with a handicap of zero.  Next to that rating is the slope rating, which tells how difficult the course is for a bogey golfer (handicap of 18) in relation to the course rating.

In 1991, Goodner and company rated Augusta National at 76.2, which basically meant that a scratch golfer could expect to shoot around 76.   At the time this would have made Augusta National one of the ten toughest courses in the United States.

Then in 2010, Knuth set out to re-rate Augusta, and he is very good at what he does.

He walked the course over the three practice rounds to establish that the course rating had increased to 78.1, still one of the ten toughest in the United States.  This is due, in no small part, to the course being lengthened by more than 500 yards since 1991.

But Knuth also provided an educated guess at the stimp speed of the greens.  Stimp speed measures how far a ball will roll when gravity pulls it down a ramp angled at about 20 degrees.  He arrived at 12 feet, basing this on counting the number of paces players were walking on the greens during those practice rounds.

The greens at Augusta have the reputation for being some of the fastest in the world.

One of the primary reasons for this dates back to 1980, when the greens at Augusta National changed from Bermudagrass to Bentgrass because officials there felt it would produce a more consistent option for tremendous green speed year round.

Now, several things make getting a stimp speed at Augusta impossible.  First, stimp meters aren’t allowed through the gates, making any stimp speed an educated guess at best.  Second, and probably more important, it is widely believed that there isn’t a long enough stretch of Augusta green that is perfectly flat.

One professional jokingly recommended rolling the ball uphill to try and get an accurate stimp speed.  Augusta officials don’t want this information to get out to the general public, and thus, they don’t gather the information for themselves.

So, since most people will never get the chance to play at Augusta, how will they ever know how fast the greens roll, and how ticklish every short putt can be?

Synthetic Turf International manufactures and sells the most realistic synthetic putting surfaces on the market today.  STI can provide a green that rolls true at a speed of 10.5 feet.

A putting green infilled with ceramic sand can roll true at speeds up to 14 feet.

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STI installation experts created a miniature version of the famed 12th green at Augusta.

Our network of over 100 dealers can install a putting green that will meet your budget and exceed your expectations every time.

We can’t recreate the natural greens at Augusta National, but we can provide the closest synthetic putting surface to replicate greens like those found at Amen Corner, with stimp speeds, undulations and breaks as close to the real thing as possible.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World…and a better short game.

STI Part of Tiger Woods Quicken Loans Announcement

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Synthetic Turf International provides putting surface for the Tiger Woods Quicken Loans PGA Tour Announcement Event in Washington, D.C.




Synthetic Turf International played a role in Tuesday’s announcement that the PGA Tour stop at Congressional Country Club would be getting a new title sponsor.

Tiger Woods was on hand to announce the new agreement with Quicken Loans at an event hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation in Washington, D.C.

During the event, Quicken Loans sponsored a putting challenge, where CEO Bill Emerson and Tiger Woods putted on a Synthetic Turf International putting green provided by Peter Albanes of Albanes Landscaping, Inc. in New Market, Maryland.

STI was honored to be a part of the event, which honored military families in the D.C. area, in addition to helping the Tiger Woods Foundation move toward its goal of improving the lives of underserved youth.

The families won almost $5,000 toward their mortgage payments, while Quicken Loans donated $30,000 to the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Lt. Col. Glenn L. Laird putts on STI’s custom green.

“It was a dream come true to putt alongside Tiger Woods with my whole family watching,” said D.C. resident, Lieutenant Colonel Glenn L. Laird, who was one of the clients who took part in the putting challenge.

The event was scheduled to announce to the new PGA Tour event, the Quicken Loans National, which will be held at Congressional between June 23-June 26.  In its eighth year, the tournament has raised almost $15 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World.


Synthetic Turf Council to Hold Spring Membership Meeting in Las Vegas

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The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) will host its Spring Membership Meeting at The Tropicana Las Vegas from March 17 through March 19.


The 2014 Spring Meeting will attract more than 200 industry leaders for the purpose of providing educational opportunities for buyers, end users, architects and engineers on the applications and benefits of synthetic turf.

Throughout the three day event, there will be numerous opportunities to hear presentations from industry experts.

Monday, March 17, the “Whistle Stop” Seminar will give attendees a chance hear more about the wide range of applications for synthetic turf, the environmental benefits of such applications as well as the STC’s Landscape Guidelines and other industry trends.

Synthetic Turf International General Manager, Dakota Harp, will be speaking on the uses and benefits of synthetic turf across numerous applications during this seminar.

There will two exhibitor showcases where companies will have an opportunity to display new and improved products for 2014.

Tuesday, March 18, featured speaker, Chris Nowinski will present a lecture on Player Safety and the Effects of Concussions on the Brain.  Nowinski is the executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute, and the author of “Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis.”  A Q&A session will follow.

Tuesday will also feature a discussion panel, moderated by STC Chairman, John Baize, on the STC’s position on concussions and player safety.

On Wednesday, March 19, featured speaker, John Sorchan, PhD, will lecture on Player Performance on Various Types of Turf and present his findings on base pad research.  Sorochan is an Associate Professor of Turfgrass Science & Management in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee.

Additionally, Adam Thoms will present a lecture on Temperature Predication Modeling.  Thoms is a PhD candidate in the Dept. of Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee.

The STC Spring Membership Meeting will conclude at noon on Wednesday, prior to the American Sports Builders Association Certified Builder Exam.

The Synthetic Turf Council was founded in 2003 to promote the industry and to assist buyers and end users with the selection, use and maintenance of synthetic turf systems in sports field golf, municipal parks, airports, landscape and residential applications. The organization is also a resource for current, credible, and independent research on the safety and environmental impact of synthetic turf. Membership includes builders, landscape architects, testing labs, maintenance providers, manufacturers, suppliers, installation contractors, infill material suppliers and other specialty service companies.  For more information, visit