Discover why Golden Bear is the fan-favorite out of all our turf.

A Cut Above

Southwest Greens and Nicklaus Design partnered in 2004 and has developed substantially over the past few years in both design and turf technology. All customers can have custom-designed golf greens installed by certified Southwest Green dealers across the United States. Now anyone can practice on the most playable synthetic grass for backyard putting greens. Golden Bear is the best-in-class — it incorporates professional design, installation, and exclusive turf products.

Southwest Greens Systems

Southwest Greens is proud to show off the evolution of its strategic relationship with Nicklaus Design to incorporate the industry-leading, renowned design expertise in golf and grass products installed by Southwest Greens’ team of certified and trained dealers. This integrated design process brings together two companies to efficiently distribute Nicklaus Design Specifications. Southwest Greens employs Nicklaus Design templates to create and distribute a custom, premium, accurate synthetic golf turf product to franchises.

Linked by Perfection

Partnership Results in Premier Turf

Originally founded by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Nicklaus Design is known across the globe as the the premier golf course designer. Unsurpassed in offering the most challenging, enjoyable, and memorable courses for play. Nicklaus Design is synonymous with greatness.

Southwest Greens of Illinois is happy to offer an exclusive new line of Golden Bear artificial turf in partnership with Nicklaus Design.

The Most Accurate Turf on the Market

GoldenBear is our premium-grade artificial turf delivering the look, feel, and play of natural grass. It’s the turf chosen by amateurs as well as PGA Tour players for their own backyards. In other words — it’s the most accurate playing surface for sale on the market today. Southwest Greens analyzes natural and synthetic systems so we can understand the critical components necessary to deliver pro performance. Even though it is created with golf in mind, the long-life, high-quality turf may also be installed at heavy-volume locations such as playgrounds and recreational areas.

As the undeniable leader in artificial turf installation technology and world-class golf course design, Southwest Greens has perfected the ideal process enhancing the level of play, and the aesthetics of the green itself.

In partnership with Nicklaus Design, Southwest Greens has implemented an integrated design process which uses a CAD platform and library of Nicklaus green designs that range from 750 to 5000 ft2. Our trained Southwest Greens designers can tailor the green to suit your situation using the expert design principles and templates created by Nicklaus Design. With five decades of experience, 425 golf courses in 46 countries worldwide and 310 golf courses in 40 states in the United States, you can be sure that Nicklaus Design builds professional golfer-designed synthetic turf and the very best in golf course design.

The Gold Standard for Playability

Synthetic Turf That Raises the B.A.R.

(Bounce, Aim, Roll)

Our Golden Bear Turf is the premier in quality, look, and performance for synthetic turf products. This high-level artificial turf rolls, bounces, and receives just like a professional course. Shot after shot, Golden Bear offers the most accurate aim of any putting surface. The playability is so realistic, you will think you’re putting on the real thing. It’s without a doubt the best turf on the planet.

Synthetic Putting Greens with Championship Bounce, Aim, and Roll

Championship Bounce

20-25% More Ball Retention

Our Golden Bear Turf gets you championship-level bounce right in your own backyard. Scientifically cultivated and tested to have 20-25% more ball retention than other leading artificial turf for great playability. Learn more about bounce here.

Consistent Aim

Two Times Better Aim

Golden Bear Turf’s aim is scientifically made and tested to simulate professional-quality putting greens. Shot after shot, Golden Bear has the tightest perimeter and the most accurate aim of any putting surface for professional-level consistency. Learn more about aim here.

True Roll

Truer and Closer to Grass

With Golden Bear Turf, you’ll enjoy smoother rolls that compare to playing on your favorite championship course. Scientifically made and tested to reproduce natural grass, from the initial bounce off the clubface, to the spin transition, to the smooth ball roll into the cup. Learn about roll here.

The Southwest Greens Difference

Southwest Greens of Illinois have quantified key performance indicators. By understanding what variables impact performance, we are able to replicate natural greens.

With Golden Bear Turf, you will experience smoother rolls that compare to playing on your favorite championship course, right on your very own backyard putting green.

Take a look at our Gold Bear Turf and discover why golfers around the world love Southwest Greens.

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