Tour Greens actually comprises the history of three companies: Tour Greens(1996), SofTrak Greens(1999), and The Putting Green Company(1998). Uniquely, all three focused on providing realistic golf practice surfaces – not just a piece of turf for putting – and all are trailblazers in the artificial turf business.
Founded in 1998, The Putting Green Company has evolved into XGrass Inc., a full service supplier of synthetic turf and recreational surfacing products. After playing Division 1 college golf (Go Tigers!), Steve White, Jr. established The Putting Green Company to satisfy both his passion for golf and help the family business - which is one of the country's largest manufacturers of synthetic turf and artificial grasses. Eventually, the SofTrak Greens and Tour Greens brands (and underlying dealer networks) were acquired by XGrass.
The SofTrak Greens system was developed in 1999 by Lance Pierce - a former Boeing engineer from Wichita, KS. Lance is responsible for putting the components together that made a SofTrak Green unique. SofTrak built greens for many clients including PGA TOUR player Chris DiMarco, and were the preferred putting green vendor for Golf Digest’s dream home series.
As you can imagine, the turf specs, infill quality, and installation methods that were developed by SofTrak were well researched and refined through the years. These components and methods are used in our Tour Greens system today.
Tour Greens was originally founded by former PGA Champion Kenny Knox in 1996 when, at the suggestion of a friend, Kenny decided to have a putting green installed in his backyard. He was disappointed with the results, but the concept got Kenny's wheels turning. Born the son of a construction worker, Kenny knew quite a bit about building and a whole lot about putting (he held the PGA TOUR record for fewest putts in a tournament). He decided that he could build a better putting green - and he did.
Over time, Tour Greens became a leading designer and installer of tour-quality indoor and outdoor synthetic putting greens and practice areas by consistently providing friendly service, superior designs, distinctive products, and great value to its clients. The company received rave reviews and installed greens for many pros including Craig Stadler, Duffy Waldorf, D.A. Weibring, Gary Hallberg, Grant Waite, as well as NBC golf analyst and U.S. and British Open champion, Johnny Miller.
Collectively, the body of installation work completed by these three companies and respective dealers is impressive – easily the largest collection in the USA. While you may still find the web and marketing assets of SofTrak and The Putting Green Company, XGrass is pouring its artificial putting green marketing efforts into Tour Greens. We’re lucky to have long-term dealers associated with each of these brands, and we are excited to grow our footprint with Tour Greens going forward.