Overview

how to build a miniature golf course overview
Illustration: Carl Wiens
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Rich, Tom, and their crew of young builders made this mini- golf course from medium-density fiberboard (MDF), a stable wood composite material. It’s smooth and easy to work with, and it makes a great flat surface for rolling a golf ball. You can find MDF in several standard sizes at the home center, so you won’t need to cut it up if you design your course with these sizes in mind.

Rich and Tom covered the course with green felt and lined the golf holes with PVC pipe fittings. They came up with two great obstacles—a loop-de-loop and a ramp with redirects—to challenge even the best putters. You can add tunnels, water hazards, and ramps to your course, or just use your imagination to create different ways to enjoy hours of entertainment with your golf game.
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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.