How to Build Your Own Golf Mat

When hitting practice golf balls into a net, a golf mat is helpful in giving you the feel of standing on an actual course. This easy-to-make golf mat can also be converted to a putting green, so you can work on your short game as well. It's even portable, so you can keep it in the car or take it to the office.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber fatigue mat
  • Artificial grass
  • Rubber tee holder
  • Metal brads
  • Spray adhesive (heavy duty)
  • Scissors
  • Hobby or utility knife
  • Bungee cord
DIY golf mat
DIY golf mat (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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Step 1

The foundation of the golf mat is a rubber fatigue mat, which you can find at hardware or home improvement stores. Trim the mat with scissors to about 4 feet by 5 feet. It cuts easily with scissors.

Trim a rubber mat
Trim a rubber mat (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 2

Set a piece of artificial grass under the trimmed rubber mat and cut the grass, leaving about one or two inches on all sides. You do not need to cut the grass to the exact size as the rubber mat at this point.

Trim the artificial grass
Trim the artificial grass (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 3

Apply spray adhesive to the top of the rubber mat. There are various grades of spray adhesive available in stores. Select adhesive that is labeled heavy duty for all projects and permanent. Be sure to get plenty of adhesive on the edges.

Apply spray adhesive
Apply spray adhesive (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 4

Place the artificial grass on top of the rubber mat. Starting at the middle and working outward, rub your hands on the grass so it makes contact with the adhesive on the rubber mat, smoothing out creases.

Rub the grass down on the mat
Rub the grass down on the mat (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 5

Turn the mat over, and use the edge of the rubber mat as a guide to trim the grass all around.

Trim the grass to the edge of the mat
Trim the grass to the edge of the mat (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 6

Use a hobby or utility knife to cut a 4 inch hole through both the rubber mat and artificial grass, about a foot in from the edge. I used a potato chip can as a guide. Discard the piece of artificial turf, but keep the piece of rubber mat.

Cut a hole in the mat
Cut a hole in the mat (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 7

A rubber tee holder has three holes in its base. Puncture three corresponding holes in the circular piece of rubber, and connect the tee holder to this piece with some brads.

Connect a rubber tee holder
Connect a rubber tee holder (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 8

Place the tee holder/rubber circle combo back in the hole to use as a golf mat. Or remove it from the hole to use the mat as a putting green.

Convertible uses
Convertible uses (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 9

Roll up the golf mat and secure it with a bungee cord to take the mat with you wherever you go. You never know when you might want to hit a few golf balls. (Note: Lay the mat flat if possible for storage, and do not leave it rolled up for extended periods.)

Roll it up to take with you
Roll it up to take with you (Image: Jonathan Fong)
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