How to make your own mini golf course

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Also known as put-put golf, mini golf is a fun pastime for all ages, and all backgrounds, from golf professionals to hobby golfers and even people with no previous golfing experience. A mini golf course consists of one to 18 holes, each built differently with different obstacles between the tee and the hole. Take a weekend and build your own mini golf course so you can enjoy a game at home and practice your putting for a full course.

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Things you need

  • 9-foot plastic PVC pipe (approximately 4-inch diameter)
  • 18 plastic pipe caps to cover 4-inch diameter pipe
  • Load of 2-inch by 4-inch lumber
  • Paint in various colours
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • AstroTurf (approximately 90 square yards)
  • Power saw
  • Carpenter's square tool
  • Nails or screws
  • Hammer or screw gun
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Post hole digger
  • Approximately one acre of indoor or outdoor space

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  1. 1

    Decide where you want to place your mini golf course. Sketch out the area, and how you want each hole to look. Get an idea of which obstacles you want to place on each hole. Draw out how each hole will set inside the entire course. Set this aside for referencing.

  2. 2

    Measure and cut the PVC pipe. You want to end up with 18 pieces of PVC pipe; each piece should be 6 inches long. Attach the pipe caps to one end of each piece of pipe; these will make the holes. You may want to drill holes in the pipe caps to allow the holes to drain when it rain if you place your course outdoors.

  3. 3

    Determine where each hole of the mini golf course will go and use the hole digger to dig out an 8-inch-deep hole that is approximately 4.5 inches in diameter. Place the pipe and caps in the holes so the caps are at the bottom of the holes; the pipe should stick up approximately a quarter of an inch from the ground.

  4. 4

    Use the scissors and box cutters to cut out the pieces of AstroTurf for each hole according to the design you sketched out. Lay the AstroTurf into place at each hole, covering the holes. Use the box cutters to cut out the hole for the pipe. Press the AstroTurf around the PVC pipe; the top of the pipe should be flush with the surface of the AstroTurf or a bit lower.

  5. 5

    Frame the edges of the AstroTurf with the pieces of lumber; this will prevent the golf ball from leaving the lane during play. Place the 2-inch side against the ground so that the barrier wall is 4 inches high. You may paint the pieces of lumber if you wish. Don't worry about attaching the lumber walls to the ground; just nail the pieces together. Repeat all previous steps until all 18 holes are dug, prepared and framed. Use the pieces of lumber to construct obstacles as well.

  6. 6

    Buy some putters and some golf balls and have fun.

Tips and warnings

  • For indoor courses, you'll have to build platforms for each hole, because in most cases, you will not be able to dig holes into the floor.
  • For outdoor courses, use a shovel to make hills and dips a part of the obstacles.

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