Mini golf is a great activity for families; sometimes weather, time, and costs make it difficult to visit a mini golf course. The solution: is to build your own! With very little money, you can turn your backyard or basement into a unique and personalized mini golf course. The following steps will show you how to create a course that can easily be modified to be more difficult and does not have to be a permanent fixture in your home.
Step 1 - Location
The location of your mini golf course will determine how many holes you can have and how large they can be. If you have a finished basement you're not using, you could create a 9-hole course. If, however, you are building your course outside, you could potentially build an full 18-hole course!
If your space is limited you can make one hole, play it, then move the bricks and blocks around to create a new one in just a few minutes.
Step 2 - Paper First
It's always best to plan ahead. Call on your knowledge of mini golf courses you've visited and sketch out the courses you remember. Fill your course outlines with obstacles. If you have an idea for an obstacle but aren't sure how to do it, just draw it out. You can work on problem solving later!
Step 3 - Putting the Plan into Action
With your ideas drawn up, it's time to get to work. First determine how many holes you can layout in your area at 1 time. Then begin building.
Use your bricks and blocks to create the border of the course. Arrange planks of wood, tennis cans, and other items to create obstacles like bridges, bumpers, raised rails and jumps. Glue your cup to a piece of wood and place where your hole should be.
Step 4 - Sample Holes
Consider these types of holes and features when building:
- Create a zig-zag border with the bricks. Use cinder blocks as bumpers and obstacles by creating openings just large enough for a ball to roll between.
- Make a standard "L" border with a dog leg on the end for where your cup will go. The obstacles in this hole include a large ramp in the center with two wood planks sitting on 2 sections of stacked cinder blocks. You can add a tennis ball can to connect the two sets of cinder block risers for added difficulty.
- Alley Oop: This is a straightforward course. Create a box out of bricks with a straight opening. The obstacle is a wide piece of plywood resting on top of cinder blocks to form a jump.
- Surfing: A straight course with a dog leg to the hole which consists of several small ramp jumps.
Get creative and utilize tin cans, wood and old toys to add to your courses. You can use old tracks from car kits as loops or make cardboard or wood clowns, windmills and lighthouses with ramps or holes behind them. This is your course and can be as simple or as complicated as you want.