Miniature golf is something that people of all ages can enjoy.
Who doesn’t love putting around a course, trying to get your ball through the clown’s mouth or into the windmill? If your family are avid golfers, have you ever thought about building your very own putt-putt mini golf course?
If you have the space in your yard, a few tools, and some synthetic turf for golf, it’s actually a lot easier than you think.
Here’s how to transform your yard into the coolest golf course on the block.
Why Build Your Own Putting Green?
There are plenty of reasons why you’d build your own golf course.
Mainly, it’s a great activity to get your kids involved in. They’ll love having a golf course in their backyard, and they’ll appreciate it a lot more if they’re involved in the creation process
Also, there’s the matter of cost. During the school holidays, putt-putt golf has to be a special treat, as going even once can be rather expensive. Once the kids get bored being off school, you don’t want to be paying out all the time. A backyard golf course can keep the kids entertained the whole time, and you’ll only have to pay out a little bit to get it built. You both win!
Finally, having a mini golf course in your backyard is a great way to teach your kids several important skills. They can learn how to work as a team, how to take turns and of course develop their hand eye coordination. Having such a cool plaything to hand, they’re sure to spend more time outside rather than sitting indoors with the TV and playing their video games.
When you think about it, there are plenty of reasons why you’d install one in your backyard.
Make a Temporary Course
There’s two ways of approaching building a miniature golf course, and the first is to build a temporary one. This has a few advantages.
You can build it both indoors and outdoors, so if it’s raining, the kids can still play (as long as they’re careful!). It doesn’t need a lot of materials and you can incorporate a lot of things you find around the house into it.
If you want to build a temporary course, here are a few things you may need:
- Cups or empty containers
- Books for ramps
- Painter’s tape
- Objects to use as obstacles
To build your course, use your imagination.
Tape or mark out a course around the backyard. Use the containers to create the ‘holes’ for each course. Then, put out obstacles to make it challenging. You can use your imagination here. You can create a course that snakes around the garden pond, creating a water hazard.
Use books and cans to create tunnels you need to putt your ball through.
Use your driveway to create an accuracy course, taping cups down and placing them at different places on the concrete.
You can really let your imagination go wild. Why not stack up cups and try to knock them down with the ball? How about creating a zoo themed course by using stuffed animals to hold the cups? You can do almost anything with your golf course.
Get Serious about Your Golfing
Of course, if you want a more permanent option, you can build yourself a real, fully functional miniature golf course in your backyard.
You can still let your imagination go wild with it.
You can build it so it blends in with your existing yard, or create something really wild and wacky that your kids will love.
Here’s how to do it.
Materials You’ll Need
The materials you’ll need will vary slightly, depending on what you want to do.
However, it will include several of the following:
- Wood: You can cut it yourself or have it cut at the hardware store. The size will depend on how large you want each hole to be as it will form the base as well as the sides.
- Putters and balls: Easily purchased from a sporting store or online.
- Artificial grass: This will be fitted on top of the wooden base. There are lots of types of grass to choose from, so pick a shorter style that will be easy to putt on.
- Drill bit: To create the hole.
- Drill, wood glue and screws: To put the whole thing together.
How to Build the Course
Here are the basic steps you’ll want to follow:
- Have your wood cut to the desired size.
- Use wood to form a frame around the base and screw it into place.
- Drill the hole in the base where you want it to go.
- Lay the artificial grass. Use a staple gun of glue to hold it to the wood.
- Use a utility knife to cut the grass out around the hole.
Those are the basic instructions, but you can have a lot of fun with your golf course. You can create several of these courses to create a full mini golf gauntlet in your background. Try some of these ideas to make things more interesting:
- Bumper ball: Spike the course with obstacles to make it more challenging. Try croquet hoops or gardening stakes.
- The Chute: Use rain guttering or pipes to create a course full of chutes to try and get your ball through.
- Mousetrap: Make a box with two doors, but only one door out, to make it more challenging.
- Tidal Wave: Create a set of small ramps with blanks of wood for you to get across without losing the ball.
- Volcano: A large ramp that must be negotiated, with the hole right under the drop at the end.
- Long maze: Use several of these tips to create a long, winding course that players will have to negotiate to get to the end.
So there you have it, building a DIY miniature golf course is actually a lot easier than you think. Give it a go and make your backyard just that little bit more fun.