Southern Landscape Lighting Systems of Marietta shares 4 strategies for lighting a backyard putting green.
What better way is there to relax than playing a few rounds of golf at the local course and enjoying a glass of iced tea, an Arnold Palmer, or other beverage of choice? After a long day of work, sinking a few balls on the putting green can really take one’s mind off of the stresses of life. It is obvious why so many golfers have begun incorporating putting greens into their outdoor living spaces.
But the enjoyment and release do not have to end after sunset. Once the sun sets and the evening air cools off, the cares of the day and the rest of the world seem to dissolve away and leave the now relieved mind to enjoy the remainder of the evening. In fact, nighttime is probably the best time to play golf in the warmer months of the year.
But what about a backyard golf night? Is spending the summer nights down at the local golfing venue with the crowds and noise all that appealing? If not, there is an alternative. A summer evening on the back patio, a cold drink, some light music, and a few friends in a private backyard putting green can be a reality. Consider the addition of a well-designed and professionally installed outdoor lighting system. The additional lights for the putting green can be added to an existing system. Maybe the time is right to highlight the home and outfit the landscape with a custom-designed LED architectural outdoor lighting system.
4 Tips to Light a Backyard Putting Green
Tip #1: Downlighting
Downlighting is one of the best ways to splash a cascade of light over the backyard putting green. Downlighting is when a fixture is mounted in an elevated place and targeted downward at a specific location on the ground. The branches of a large, established tree or the architecture of a home can serve as vantage points from which to mount downlighting.
Downlighting, often referred to as moonlighting, creates drama. Flooding a target area with a high-powered floodlight does not create a dramatic aesthetic. The aim is to cast a soft light that yields both beauty and functionality.
Tip #2: Directional Path Light
What if there is not an elevated location from which a downlight can be attached or suspended? The lighting solution is to strategically place path lights around the putting green. A well-placed directional path light can be used to accent a putting green.
In contrast to a downlight that bathes the entire green with a flat light from above, a directional path light illuminates the putting green from the border of the feature. The path light casts shadows caused by tiny knolls. These subtle shadows from the small hills and undulations on the surface of the green hint at the best path from the golf ball to the cup.
Tip #3: Include an On/Off Switch
It may not be appropriate for the putting green to always be at the centerpiece of the backyard landscape. Having an on/off switch to control the lights to the putting green will enable the homeowner to use the recreational space for various other needs and uses.
Tip #4: Create a Relaxing Haven for Guests and the Family
The final lighting tip for the backyard putting green does not involve the illumination of the green. It addresses the larger goal of how to light the property in order to garner the most enjoyment from it.
Keep in mind the other features that make the outdoor living space so enjoyable. A small garden, an outdoor kitchen, bar top, pool deck, or fire pit come into play when lighting the putting green.
Creating a warm, relaxing ambiance makes for an enjoyable night in the backyard. In addition to lighting the putting green, accenting key landscape features elevates the beauty of a property and provides a better sense of visual control over the backyard environment.
The team of professional outdoor lighting specialists at Southern Landscape Lighting Systems are available to consult, design, and install landscape lighting for the backyard putting enthusiast who is seriously considering a lighting project for their putting green or the rest of their outdoor living space.
For more information about outdoor landscape lighting or to schedule a free consultation, contact Southern Landscape Lighting Systems of Marietta by phone at (678) 616-9166 or via email at [email protected]. Visit them on the web at https://southernlls.com/locations/marietta-georgia.