Since 1995, Aqua Greens has been the leader in the manufacturing and installation of floating greens and related accessories in the aqua range market. Whether providing Target Greens for an aqua range or a custom Island Green for a corporate branding event, Aqua Greens has delivered quality products and services for its clients for a quarter-century, turning unused ponds and lakes into a unique and entertaining golfing experience.
Aqua Greens was founded by Jason Beane and his father, Doug, two avid golfers from New Hampshire who operated a commercial signage company in Southwest Florida in the mid-1990s. Their golfing connections put them in touch with the developers overseeing the 1995 opening of Lexington Country Club in Ft. Myers, Fla.
The Gordon Lewis design called for an aqua range, but an established and reliable source for floating targets did not exist. Enter Jason and Doug, both of whom had experience with metal fabrication and welding. They delivered on their promise to build several floating targets for Lexington CC able to withstand the extreme heat and torrential rains of SW Florida, and just like that Aqua Greens was born.
In 1997 the Beanes relocated the business to their home state of New Hampshire, where it’s remained ever since. The company was bought by Jason’s brother-in-law, Matthew Gault, in 2002, and Gault immediately began conceptualizing and engineering a “super-sized” Island Green version of their Target Greens that could replicate the true-to-life, ball-stopping action of a professional green surface.
In 2004, Mark Hourihan, the owner of Paradise Family Golf in Middleton, Mass., read an article about Aqua Greens in Golf Range Magazine and contacted Gault about supplying him with a few Target Greens for his new aqua range. Within a few months, Gault and his team delivered the first-ever floating Island Green with a playable, infilled turf surface capable of holding and rewarding good shots, just like a PGA Tour green. The 1,300-square-foot oval Island Green featured a small bunker, backstop berm and eight artificial palm trees.
Besides constructing playable Island Greens, Aqua Greens offers several other accessories in the aqua range market, including floating golf balls and floater ball containment systems. Aqua Greens’ products also span well beyond the golf course, and can be found at theme parks, casinos, golf resorts, car dealerships and wineries, not to mention people’s backyards.
Corporations which have done business with Aqua Greens include ESPN, Fox Sports, Red Bull, the LPGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions and Walt Disney Studios, which had Aqua Greens custom-build and install a floating green for a scene with Craig T. Nelson and Ryan Reynolds in the 2009 movie, The Proposal.
Among the professional golfers to experience Aqua Greens are PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler and LPGA Tour major winners Lexi Thompson and Danielle Kang.
Aqua Greens has worked with Red Bull and PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler on several brand marketing initiatives, including the Red Bull Capital Drive event in Washington, D.C., in 2011. With the Potomac River as his backdrop, Fowler made a hole-in-one on his fourth attempt from 106 yards, landing his tee shot past the flagstick on the Aqua Greens’ man-made island green and spinning it back into the hole.
Owner & Operator
A native of Gilford, N.H., Gault attended the University of New Hampshire, where he majored in English Language and Literature and minored in Economics and Business Administration. While attending UNH, he was a member of the Men’s Track and Field team, where he competed in the pole vault and won several regular-season meets. His personal-best height cleared was 16 feet.
While attending high school and college, Gault worked for a local commercial glass company installing commercial aluminum glazing systems across the state. It was here that he got his first taste of the construction business and the process of building and creating a product with raw materials. After graduating from UNH, Gault was a part-time gymnastic coach and technician for Aqua Greens, where he helped build and install floating greens for his brother-in-law, Jason Beane.
Gault continued to work for several years at Aqua Greens, and in the process became quite enamored with the long-term potential of the product. In 2002, he purchased the company from Beane, who had decided to return to the family business developing lakefront property. Gault immediately set about developing a more realistic, playable green surface, and in 2004 developed the first infilled Island Green for an aqua range. The 1,300-square-foot green featured a sand-infilled turf to make the green softer and more receptive to incoming shots, simulating what happens when a ball lands on a true green surface, like the iconic par-3 17th island hole at TPC Sawgrass.