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SYNLawn To Build Indoor Putting Green at 2014 KC Golf Show
KANSAS CITY — Producers of the 2014 Kansas City Golf Expo announced Wednesday that SYNLawn will be the Official Turf Company of the 2014 Kansas City Golf Show, and will build a showcase green right on the show floor where golfers can try out putters, compete for prizes and more! The three-day consumer golf expo returns to the Overland Park Convention Center for a third year, February 21-23, 2014.
The On The Green interactive area — featuring a state-of-the-art SYNLawn green complete with a putting surface, simulated rough and even a bunker — is certain to be a gathering point for golfers all weekend, as they step onto the green to try out new putters or compete in one of the show’s interactive contests. Added to the show’s 50-Foot Putting Challenge, Long Drive Challenge, Closest-To-The-Pin Challenge, Short Game Central, Main Stage, Free Lesson Area, Testing and Fitting Zone and 19th Hole Lounge, attendees will have no shortage of activities to keep them moving about the show floor and engaging with exhibitors in all parts of the hall.
Great deals, indoor hitting range, fun golf contests, giveaways and unbelievable prizes help K.C. golfers kick off 2014 at Overland Park Convention Center
The return of sponsors like SYNLawn, Edwin Watts Golf Shop, Prairie Band Casino & Resort, Amini’s Galleria, RMI Golf Carts, Old Kinderhook, The Lodge of Four Seasons, Hendrick Cadillac and many others is a sure sign of the confidence the Kansas City golf industry has placed in the Kansas City Golf Show to provide a significant return on investment for participating exhibitors. The Kansas City Golf Show has proved to be a hit with Heartland golfers in each of its first two years, with over 7,000 attendees passing through the doors each weekend. Even an epic snowstorm couldn’t keep the crowds away in 2013, as thousands of eager golfers drove through a foot of snow that fell just 24 hours before doors opened to make the 2013 Kansas City Golf Show a success.
Those attendees enjoyed show-only specials on golf-related products and services, free lessons, try-and-buy opportunities with the year’s hottest new equipment, and an giveaway package that included free golf, golf balls, magazine subscriptions and more.
This year’s show promises to once again mark the kickoff event of the spring golf season for golfers in the Kansas City area, who will benefit from the success of the show’s first two years in the form of increased participation and special offers from the region’s biggest golf and golf-related exhibitors, including courses, club and product manufacturers, destination resorts and more.
The Kansas City Golf Show is one several high-end consumer golf expos produced nationally by Varsity Golf Shows, a Seattle-based marketing, communications and event production company with a strong reputation for providing outstanding values to U.S. golfers. In addition to the Kansas City Golf Show, Varsity also operates successful golf shows in St. Louis, Dallas, Los Angeles, Portland (Ore.) and Hartford (Conn.) and will be launching new consumer golf expos in Omaha (Neb.) and Louisville in 2014.
For a full recap of last year’s show, or to view more information, visit varsitygolfshows.com/kan.
In the News
(Written By: Sarah Hurwitch) You may have come across SYNLawn earlier this year when Dave Pelz released images to the public of his mind-blowing 2 ½ acre backyard covered with chipping areas & putting greens that vary in speed and degree of tilt.
Pelz collaborated with SYNLawn to work on developing the best golf putting system for real golf performance and improvement. They wanted to create an artificial turf with the most consistent, predictable ball roll for golfers to practice on.
Ease of Use/Setup
The SYNLawn portable putting green came in a 10 lb box that my dog was just as intrigued as I was to find out its contents. Inside the box was a 4×10 putting mat, three cups, three flags, number stickers for the flags, and rubber balls to place at the bottom of the flags. The rubber balls are used to grab golf balls when they hit the cup in order to prevent them from rolling past the cup and off of the mat.
* Once the box was opened, the entire setup took less than 5 minutes to fully assemble.
What impressed me the most was the feel of the grass when stepping over a putt on it. The mat is very stable like they intend, and the turf is closely woven together to restrict movement of the surface with use. As far as synthetic greens go, this SYNLawn green provides a turf that is very realistic to what a typical 10 ft putt would roll like on a practice green. The ball rolls very smooth and doesn’t seem to waver from its intended line when hit with a solid stroke.
The one thing I would like to see is the holes cut slightly deeper in the mat. Although the rubber balls help keep the ball intact with the hole, its very easy for the ball to roll off the surface if it catches the edges of the hole.
SYNLawn’s portable practice green is made with 100% nylon fibers to look and feel natural, as well as the durability to withstand wear and tear from quality practice sessions. By keeping their greens consistent with natural grass, this helps the golfer maintain distance control while practicing. Their nylon fibers prevent staining and also helps to resist fading when kept in the sun. The mat also has a non-skid backing so it won’t move around on your floor when you’re walking or practicing on it.
The 4×10 putting green comes with a 1 year warranty, which seems very reasonable. Depending on how much practice you put into it, I’d say this green could last you upwards of 3 years and keep its original integrity.
SYNLawn has 3 portable practice products available on their website:
A 4×4 Fairway Mat runs at $124, A 3×8 portable putting green starts at $139, and the 4×10 portable putting green as shown retails at $200.
Considering the cost of similar putting green products from companies like Tour Links, Provoto, and TruLine are upwards of $300, SYNLawn has a valuable price point for their products.
The Peanut Gallery
From those that were able to see and try the SYNLawn Golf putting green, they were mostly impressed with the quality of the turf. If you’re looking for a more permanent putting green in your home that has a structure underneath like the Tour Links or Provo putting greens, this is not the green you want. If you want a product that is reasonably priced, can be set up or stored away quickly, and provides a smooth surface to putt on, this is all that you could ask for.
Total Score: 93/100
Imagine South Dakota State University hoops star Nate Wolters not having a gym to workout in over the offseason.
He might get a little rusty.
That’s how things were for the SDSU men’s and women’s golf teams, according to head coach Jared Baszler, due to unfavorable golf weather in Brookings most of the school year.
“We used to basically shut down for two months out of the year. Two hitting mats and a simple net gets boring,” Baszler said.
Thanks to a new $62,000 indoor facility on the south side of Frost Arena, not anymore.
“One of the first questions a recruit usually asks is how many months a year they can golf (in Brookings). From now on I’m gonna say 12 … anything you can do outside you can do in here,” Baszler said.
Baszler, who’s been coaching at SDSU since 2003, always had the idea of an indoor golf facility so his teams could still hone their skills while the courses were under a few feet of snow.
About two years ago, a few of the golfers’ parents approached him and got the ball rolling on fundraising for the project. He rounded up support from former Jackrabbit golfers, alumni, other parents of current golfers and just about anyone that ever had any connection to the SDSU golf program.
“Not only did we raise a lot of money, we raised enough money and we didn’t have to cut any corners with this facility,” Baszler said.
Needless to say he did a good job. A great job. The first phase of the Jacks’ new indoor golf facility was the 900 square-foot (48 x 20 feet) putting and chipping area. After $35,000 and some good old-fashioned labor (a wall had to be knocked out), phase one was completed over winter break. SynLawn, an aritificial grass company, installed the indoor putting green in less than two days.
Phase two happened much quicker than expected.
“We knew we wanted to do a simulator next and we left some space in our room for it,” Baszler said, “We had some donors who really stepped up and stepped up big. So instead of phase two taking two years, it only took a couple months.”
The simulator is like Wii Golf on steroids with a little higher price tag (around $32,000). Simply tee up the ball, pull out the club of choice and pick from a variety of courses or take to the driving range.
One of the biggest advantages of the simulator is the ‘launch monitor’, a portable black box which can be used indoors or out on the course and keeps data on every swing of every golfer for later analysis. Like watching film for golfers, the launch monitor records data such as club head speed, carry distance, angle of attack, ball spin, etc. The launch monitor and simulator setup were purchased from Foresight Sports – a leader in the launch monitor sector of the golf industry.
And one could argue the investment has already paid dividends: the men’s team set the lowest 54-hole score in school history at the Jackrabbit Invitational, the first meet since the fall season, after roughly two months with the putting and chipping area alone.
What’s the verdict?
“It has definitely helped. Looking at our stats from [the Jackrabbit Invitational], our players averaged less putts per round than we did last year and I have noticed their short game has improved overall. I would say it’s paid off so far,” stated Baszler.
“[The simulator's] really cool. You’re going to be hard-pressed to find players who don’t want to come in here all day, every day. We’ll have to divvy up the times because this is gonna be a lot of fun,” junior Hudson Carpenter said.
From an outsider’s prospective, the facility no-doubt helps solidify SDSU as a Division I golf program, even if it’s required some thinking outside the box. Baszler said not many teams in the upper-Midwest, if any, have anything like this unique facility.
“”If you would’ve told me a year ago that we’d have this [facility], I would’ve told you you’re crazy,” Baszler said.
The coach no longer has to tell his golfers to go in and hit. They’re usually there already, some even sleeping overnight at the facility.
“The best take-away for me has been the reaction on the kids’ faces when they saw the simulator, when they saw the putting green in January — it’s putting chills down my spine right now. It’s pretty neat. They don’t feel like they’re so rusty, they don’t feel like they’re having to play catch-up with the rest of the country,” Baszler said.
SDSU Indoor Golf practice facility Before
SDSU Indoor Golf practice facility After
SYNLawn Golf recently donated a professionally designed and installed putting green for the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas. Please watch and join us in supporting the Boys & Girls Club in your local area.