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Lawn Care
Artificial Courts in America

Don Oakley adds a few comments about playing on an artificial surface and appends notes from another correspondent which I have summarised in a table (November 2012).


I played a couple of games on that court at Cedar Creek Racquet Club with Michael Albert. It's a bit of a change from playing on a grass court.

  1. I noticed was the sound of the plastic grass crunching under foot rather than the soft, quiet grass.
  2. The balls tend to behave slightly differently on splits and have to be adjusted for the court's behaviour
  3. This particular lawn didn't seem to have any noticeable bias that might have pulled the balls in one direction or another as they slowed
  4. I think Michael said the turf came from Australia
  5. Lawn speed is adjusted by changing the amount of top fill in the 'grass', thereby making the blades shorter or longer

 

Component

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4

Aggregate base

X

X

X

X

Interlocking 1.25 inch polypropylene base panels
Eight 92 ft lengths 15 ft wide for a total surface of 92 x 120 (92 East West with four feet each beyond boundary) (120 North South with seven and a half feet beyond boundary). This measurement allows for no waste in material. Adding permanent white lines for boundaries can be done but pricing here includes permanent receivers to tie # 18 nylon strings together that would be set for each match.

X

X

 

 

Laser-levelled aggregate

 

 

X

X

CX-108 3/8 polyethylene AB putting surface installed over traditional aggregate base. Provides the smoothest playing surface as well as protects against variations in traditional base installations. Receivers for wickets (Ed Roberts wicket system is my preference), stakes and boundaries would be installed at this point. Turf Claw 75 from SynLok Adhesives and SL1200 Red Stripe Seam Tape used for seaming together the synthetic surface. 960 feet of total seams (eight ninety two foot seams) will run in the East West direction.

X

X

X

X

Ceramic sand will add to the cost of the installation but the quality of play, yarn support, lifetime of the product and maintenance results warrant its use in my opinion. 1.75 lbs per sq ft installed directly in to the CX 108 will not be seen by participants.

X

X

 

 

Fine silica sand. This sand has the potential to break down over time and shorten the life of the yarn. This is only a potential failure and since croquet is not a high impact sport it may work fine and it will reduce the cost.

 

 

X

X

(November 2012)

$101K

$96K

$86K

$81K

£63K

£60K

£54K

£50.5

Options: woven boundary lines or club logo, size and colour
Assuming a suitable base installation it would take 8-10 working days to install.

 

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