Back Nine Greens Makes Grass an Afterthought

Imagine having a perfect, kelly-green lawn that requires no water and no mowing, or maybe a putting green in a corner of the yard that can’t grow grass. Maintenance-free and, in particular, water-free landscaping is not just the wave of the future, it’s a necessity now, and Back Nine Greens can make that transition a little easier.

The Southern California-based company has been at the forefront of artificial turf since 1997, when Dominic Nappi and wife Hollee took their passion for golf and turned it into one of the most successful and established businesses of its type. “Synthetic lawns have really taken off because of water issues,” Hollee Nappi says, “and because turf is now so much more realistic, people are more open-minded to the idea of it.”

The company’s focal point is putting greens, and nearly whatever the customer desires can be built. Bermuda, kikuyu, fescue and other grasses can all be replicated, as can any favorite putting green that a customer has played on a golf course. “We will add undulations and other subtleties and build to the client’s wants, duplicate the look, feel and response of natural grass, and we can fit a putting green just about anywhere in a yard,” Nappi says, adding that much of their business is restoration and overhaul of older projects from other companies. Artificial greens last between 15 and 20 years, she says, making for a very cost-effective investment.

People throughout the golf world have taken notice, as well. U.S. Open champion Ken Venturi had a Back Nine green installed in his backyard, and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles has a 7,000-square-foot green for its golf team. University Village, a retirement community in Thousand Oaks, recently added five new state-of-the-art Back Nine greens. The popularity of artificial turf is growing rapidly. “Putting greens are the new swimming pool,” Nappi says. “These people have company over and it becomes the center of a social setting, something that everyone can participate in and benefit from.”

--From FORE Magazine, July/August 2009