How to Build A Backyard Mini Golf Course – Practical, Easy Instructions

Golf is indeed a very popular sport in America. Otherwise, why else would there be these top 100 golf courses in the U.S.! But then you don’t always have the privilege of heading to your nearest or local golf course, even if it’s for practice sessions. In that case, knowing how to build a backyard mini golf course is a brilliant idea.

But why the need to golf in the first place? Well, because it’s a sport after all, which means health benefits, both physical and mental, are plenty indeed.

On top of that, if you have a backyard and you happen to love golf, then it’s a total WIN-WIN situation, isn’t it? You can practice, play, and so can your friends and loved ones if you’re not too possessive about what you build that is.

But then how does one go about building a mini, backyard-friendly golf course? To be honest, and quite surprisingly, it’s pretty simple. So let’s find out the process from start to finish, shall we?

Before that though, here’s a fun fact…

Miniature Golf – How Did It Come About?

Miniature Golf

Did you know that the very first miniature golf course in the world was the Ladies’ Putting Club that’s located in St. Andrews, Scotland? It was built in 1867. And just so you know, this mini golf course is still going pretty strong.

Back then, women golfers were not “allowed” to raise their golf clubs over the shoulder. And that led to the formation of a private putt-putt community. This is when St. Andrews established a miniature golf course known as the Himalayas. And it’s still open to the public today.


Why Build A Mini Golf Course In Your Backyard

It is indeed an excellent addition if you have backyard space. Only you get to access the golf course, which gives you full control over it. This also means that you get to design your miniature golf course however you like. Play or practice golf whenever you like, which eliminates the hassle of abiding by daily hours and seasonal closings.

And then you also don’t have to concern yourself with maintaining any golf etiquette (because we know how annoying that can be sometimes). But then if you’re inviting friends or colleagues over, golf etiquette is well appreciated. And wait a second, that’s yet another benefit of having a backyard golf course – you can entertain guests!


Now Let’s Get to the Real Stuff – Building A Mini Golf Course In Your Backyard

It’s only natural to feel confused at this point. I mean just because you want to build something doesn’t mean you automatically know how to go about it. So here are some very useful, widely accepted instructions…

Building A Mini Golf Course In Backyard

1. Plan Out the Basics First

It’s your own golf course after all, right? So it’s up to you to choose between a mini golf course that looks more professional or a cheaper, more affordable looking one. The former, needless to say, would include painted structures, turf, etc. And the latter consists of wood, sticks, and rocks.

Now comes the part where you figure out the exact location of your backyard golf course. So is your yard spacious? And do you want your course to be permanent? Because if it’s going to be temporary, then you don’t really have to be so picky about the location.

A more temporary mini golf course can be built just about anywhere then. For example, your patio, driveway, etc. Or in just a small area of the backyard, and not the whole yard.

2. Create A Rough Design Sketch

Moving on to creativity and design. Create a design, no matter how it looks (you don’t really have to be an artist for that). A rough sketch is more than enough when it comes to figuring out how many holes you want the course to have.

Then depending on that and other design elements, make a list of all the materials you’ll need for the building process. Just keep in mind not to be too particular about the aesthetics. So if you already have the items you require, it becomes a simpler process.

On the other hand, if your backyard golf course design is more intricate, thus more professional-looking, then try to create a more elaborate design. Include professional elements like sand traps, hilly landscapes, and the like.

You can also add plants, lighting, and other pro-grade miniature golf course structures like a windmill, mini castle, etc. This brings to mind more creativity, such as a theme for your mini backyard golf course. Island theme, haunted castle theme, and so much more.

3. Gather Materials Needed to Start Building

What materials are required for the construction of your backyard golf course based on the rough sketch you made? Do you have to buy them or are they already lying around somewhere in your home, basement, or garage? There are plenty of warehouses and thrift stores as well that sell these kinds of goods and materials at a very affordable price indeed.

Things like wooden boards, plywood, bricks, etc. can be used for building ramps or obstacles in the case of both temporary and permanent golf courses.

Temporary Miniature Golf Course

Tin cans make good holes in the simplest and quickest manner. Wouldn’t you agree?

In the case of a temporary backyard-friendly course, turf is not a part of the design. So you can use tennis or croquet balls instead of actual golf balls.

Permanent Miniature Golf Course

A felt-covered board is the most commonly used for such types of mini courses. It’s what comes the closest to real turf or grass. In fact, this option is easier when it comes to disassembling it when you’re not backyard golfing.

Moving on, many people want to build a raised-off golf course. So if you’re one of them, then include posts and wood strong and sturdy enough to withstand a large amount of human weight.

The greatest upside to lifting it off the ground is the inclusion of professional holes. Just drill holes in the wood for attaching PVC pipes below.

Miniature Backyard Golf Course with Turf or Real Grass

No doubt, with real turf or grass, the design and construction become a bit expensive and complicated. Because then you have to grow and maintain bentgrass, which is a type of grass approved for golf courses.

On the other hand, turf demands zero maintenance. And it’s very durable too. So the final decision rests in your hands and how far you’re willing to loosen those purse strings.

4. Create Storage Space

Why the storage space? It’s for putting away your mini golf course supplies after every session. The space could include a stand for the clubs and a box for the balls.

Along the same vein, store the platforms and obstacles in your shed or garage after playing. Proper storage, no doubt, keeps everything from getting damaged because of unfavorable weather.

Also, you can pack away all your gear in a single, convenient spot for easy, quick unpacking for the next backyard golf session.


Final Words

So you can indeed make your miniature golf course in the backyard look creative. After all, having a backyard is a huge advantage for an avid golfer. No matter what kind of a golfer you are, creating something that encourages you to move around and use your mental faculties is always a great idea.

Plus, now you don’t always have to head to your local golf course and pay a huge sum of money just because you want to practice or simply unwind. An outdoor/backyard mini golf course is the perfect solution here.

Carolyn Heller

Carolyn Heller is very proud of the sea of golf knowledge and expertise that she has amassed over the course of many years as a professional. Her blog, Golf Depends, is turning out to be a truly invaluable source for those who wish to stay in the loop with everything golf (equipment, strategies, and lots more)

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