Introduction

how to build a miniature golf course
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Age Range: 5 and up

Mini-golf is a great game for bringing together family members of every age. Who doesn’t love besting Dad on the loop-de-loop hole? But it doesn’t have to be just a vacation-week treat. Wouldn’t it be great to have your very own course to play all year round—inside or out?

This Old House TV’s plumbing and heating expert, Richard Trethewey, and general contractor, Tom Silva, designed a great course that you and your family can build in an afternoon. It is made up of panels that you can take apart and rearrange to make the game as easy or hard as you like. Create as many panels as you need for 1, 2, or even 18 holes. Then give everyone a putter, and they’ll have a ball—literally—trying to navigate the obstacles you set for them.
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    Tools List

    • miterbox with saw
      Miter box with backsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with 4-inch and 2¾-inch hole saws
    • hand clamps
      Spring clamps
    • drop cloth
      Plastic drop cloth
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • framing square
      Framing square
    • hacksaw
      Hacksaw

    Shopping List

    One 2x4-foot sheet of ¾-inch medium-density fiberboard
    (MDF)

    Five deck balusters

    Wood glue

    Cyanoacrylate glue
    (aka Krazy Glue)

    1½ yards of 72—inch—wide green felt

    Spray adhesive

    3-inch PVC pipe fitting
    (coupling, cap, or adapter)Five composite wood balusters
    (such as Trex)

    Outdoor welcome mat
    or artificial turf

    Two 5-gallon buckets

    Duct tape

    Three 2-inch PVC elbows

    Flexible plastic sign

    Note: Materials list is for a single panel. The course shown is made up of four panels.