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Build a miniature golf course in your backyard




With this simple project, you’ll be outside playing miniature golf in no time. Build your course with any available combination of bricks, wood, aluminum siding, whatever works. The game is best played with a croquet set, because the balls are larger and easier to control, but golf equipment is fine, too, especially for advanced players.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

You or a neighbor might have some 2-by-4’s or a stack of cinderblocks behind the garage, or ask at a construction site if you can haul away some of their cast-off masonry and lumber. Go to a hardware store for everything else you need or to pick up a few extras.

Total cost depends on your own resourcefulness, the size of your course and the complexity of each hole. Common red cement bricks sell for as little as 22 cents apiece; count on buying at least 100. Also look for things like a roll of chicken wire (about $5), 20 gardening stakes ($6) and a few boards ($15 max.).

Innovation is the key. Experiment. You might build one hole in 15 minutes but invest an hour in the next, carefully aligning a series of ramps or cutting doors in a cardboard box.

There’s no need to mess up the yard — use a croquet stake, a wicket or even just a piece of duct tape on the ground as your “hole.”

Here are three classic designs to get you started.


Maze Par 5THE MAZE: Par 5

Tools: None

Materials: About 43 bricks, five heavier cinderblocks

1. Begin at the entrance, setting bricks in two parallel lines. The central island of cinderblocks is angled so that players are directed toward the right side of the maze (and into the pocket trap, if they strike too hard).

2. The cinderblocks go wherever a player is expected to bank his shots, since they’ll withstand impact better.

3. The “short cut” to the left is barely wider than a ball and can be reached only with a perfect set-up. Otherwise, players continue around to the right, where they can get an excellent double-bank shot off the two blocks in back.

4. Note the second pocket trap and the four bricks stacked as a guard in front of the finish.


mini-putt_tunnel300×394.jpgTUNNEL IN THE SKY: Par 4

Tools: Wire cutters or pliers and a saw

Materials: About 50 bricks, six cinderblocks, a 3-foot-long roll of wire, two 3-foot-by-1-foot planks, one leftover piece of plank

1. Loosen the wire roll so that it becomes a tube, more than big enough for a ball to go through. Secure the tube by bending in a few loose ends with wire cutters or pliers.

2. Carefully size your planks and assemble the tunnel, using twin towers of two cinderblocks each.

3. In front, the plank should rest on top of the block tower, creating a small lip, so balls drop slightly into the wire tube. In back, the second plank must be level with the top of the tower, so support it underneath with an extra cinderblock.

4. Arrange your bricks in channels on either end of the tunnel. The front is a simple L-shape, with a cinderblock embankment at the corner. The back is more wide open, with a “ricochet” plank or another cinderblock set below the downhill ramp.


mini-putt_jumpball300×394.jpgJUMP BALL: Par 2

Tools: None

Materials: About 27 bricks, 5 1/2 cinderblocks, boards or plywood at least 6 feet by 2 feet.

1. Build a tower of three blocks, lean your ramp against it and set a few guide bricks on each side.

2. Try a few practice shots, testing for range.

3. Set the finish with 2 1⁄2 cinderblocks in a wall behind it as a backstop. Place the rest of the bricks to complete the square around the finish, leaving two narrow entrances on either side.

4. Make this hole more difficult — Par 4 — by elevating the front wall with extra material to prevent low balls from bouncing over.

This design puts the finish more than 20 feet from the ramp — have some fun launching a ball that far!


OTHER IDEAS FOR HOLES

Bumper Ball is any channel that has been randomly spiked to make a forest of obstacles. Use tent stakes, croquet wickets or gardening stakes.

The Chute is a variant of Tunnel in the Sky, with only one tower and ramp, using either five-inch drain pipe or a length of rain gutter to lead back to earth.

The Mousetrap is a big open-topped cardboard box, properly weighted down, with two or more doors cut into its face but only one way out.

Tidal Wave is a series of low ramps to jump across.

Volcano is a ramp that must be finessed, with the finish directly below the edge of the ramp.

Shotgun is a long open space with three narrow courseways on the far side, all but one of which are pocket traps.

The Long Maze might run to par 10 and is hilarious for croquet rules as players battle and hunt each other among the twists and turns.

SCORING AND RULES

Par is the term for the average number of stokes it takes to complete a golf hole. Always set par at a number that can reasonably be bested by one stroke. This score, one below par, is called a Birdie. On the Maze hole, if a player is able to get into the shortcut, he might finish in four strokes. Therefore, this design is a Par 5.

Backyard mini golf can be played in many ways.

Golf rules means the player with the lowest total strokes is the winner.

Croquet rules means the first player to reach the end of the course takes the trophy — and by striking another player’s ball, you earn an extra turn (or you can use it to smack that ball into an unfavorable spot).

Before you start, set all rules in stone. If a ball shoots sideways off Tunnel in the Sky, can that player take a “drop” back inside the brick walls? Does that cost him an extra stroke? Or does he have to work all the way back around to the entrance? Is there a maximum number of strokes at each hole (at amusement parks, it’s usually six) or do you play on until you’re successful, no matter the challenge?

It’s your game — you make the rules.

Comments about “Build a miniature golf course in your backyard”

  1. bob says:

    looks cool but cost $

  2. Tenderfoot says:

    Nice

  3. Jameseagle says:

    Cool

  4. whatsit 90 says:

    cool

  5. sabresboy says:

    nice its totaly affordable i cant wait to build

  6. blzzrd12 says:

    I’ve built a mini golf course before, but this is taking it to the next level. j.k.

  7. bornforgames says:

    sounds fun.

  8. stew says:

    very cool hard to do though

  9. thing says:

    this is an okay job but like the first comment says its hard on grass. Nice tiolet idea.(LOL)

  10. ???????????????? says:

    It would be hard to hit the ball in the grass, why not take felt and use that instead?

  11. marc says:

    that sounds awesome!can you do it to the park on booth street?

  12. goes says:

    very good idea, i can’t wait to build miniature golf course in my backyard.
    good job

  13. The Man with the Banjo says:

    Looks cool :D :P ;)

  14. BBallBoy says:

    thx was gonna build 1, these r awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. j says:

    this looks hard

  16. fairy dance says:

    this is probably the coolest thing ive seen since sliced bread!!!!!

  17. j says:

    sounds awesome

  18. Darkdan12 says:

    i am going to help a summer camp build a gooey golf course and this is a big help

  19. twinsmom says:

    We’re going to try a couple of these ideas for a golf themed birthday party.

  20. bluelego99 says:

    This is Awsome!!! SOOOOO FUN!

  21. Minimonkeyman10 says:

    Dude, i cant wait to start mine!!! :)))))

  22. darth vader says:

    I cant wait to build mine my yard is 2000 square feet. a toilet is my hole in1(LOL). realy a toilet. ;)

  23. D-Man says:

    i cant wait! ijust need to get bricks

  24. slicendice says:

    I’ve always enjoyed mini golf. now I can do it in my own backyard!! :D :) :P

  25. manta says:

    I know how to build a corse that is harder then regular golf. put in the dice of fate. this means you roll a dice and each number has a hard fate to play with. EX: 1= hold the club in your mouth when you swing. 2= do this hole blindfolded. 3= get a pair of boxing gloves on and punch the ball

  26. the rock says:

    it sounds cool!

  27. drew says:

    how are you doing

  28. n dog says:

    i cant wait to build my own

  29. scout558 says:

    How about using badmitton (spelling correct?) birdies as golf hole markers when playing a round of miniature golf? What if your backyard is only large enough to accomodate only 9 holes of miniature golf?

  30. Hud101 says:

    o my gosh this course rules

  31. vinyl says:

    i can’t wait to build my own mini golf course. it’s gonna be total zon.

  32. C.M........ :) says:

    This mini golf setup is brilliant

  33. DarkYoshi4 says:

    This really works! Me and my friend are using it for a report on how to build something.

  34. arnie says:

    what a great idea

  35. lyler says:

    cool I tried it and it’s awesome !!!! I’m making some courses too

  36. lyler says:

    That is awesome I want to start one thank you for showing it on the internaut

  37. hujabuga says:

    my dad is a lobsterman and uses bricks to weigh down the traps so i have lots of bricks at my house to use for this project

  38. george says:

    I’m going to make one!

  39. Girl says:

    Yah I thought th course was cool, but i don’t have that many bricks, and i don’t like what this websites called considering mini golf isn’t just for boys

  40. Gary says:

    Yeah when i typed in how to build a minature golf coarse i meant buisness quality where others can come and play

  41. Minigolfer says:

    I can’t wait to try it looks cool!

  42. zac says:

    I want to build one because I like minigolf.

  43. jt says:

    this would be very intrusting to put in the next boy’s life

  44. DJ11 says:

    I THINK IT IS COOL TO BUILD A MINIATURE GOLF COURSE

  45. jc says:

    i want to build a disney mini golf course with winter summer land and fantasia gardens mixed

  46. Tenderfoot says:

    I love minture gulf and I’m going to buil a coarse.

  47. hostage 003 says-- says:

    3 starz

  48. hoshi says:

    i think its cool…i just love it the first time i first play miniature golf…love it…

  49. cacel says:

    world golf

  50. bfvolt says:

    Dude, im building one 4 my cuzins 2 play with me. its lucky my neighbor gave me 2 golf clubs and alot of golf balls!

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