How to Build a Miniature Golf Course
Bring the family together building the green and then playing on it with this project that both kids and adults can enjoy
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.
How to Build a Miniature Golf Course Overview
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.