How to Make a Golf Hole in Your Backyard

By Kate Evelyn

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Unless you have many acres of land, you are not going to be able to make an entire backyard golf course. However, you can easily make yourself a golf hole to use to practice your putting with a little bit of work and a small piece of PVC pipe. Find a flat place on your lawn that has good drainage; otherwise your golf hole will not hold up for long. Don't forget to keep the grass around it trimmed short or cover the area with turf or outdoor carpeting.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

  1. Determine where you would like to place your golf hole. Clear the area--making it at least three feet wide by six feet long--of any brush or other debris. Place a golf ball on the ground in the chosen area and make sure it's not so sloped that the ball will roll without being tapped. Relocate as needed.
  2. Place one end of your PVC pipe on the ground exactly where you want the hole to be. Keep in mind that the official size of a golf hole is 4.25 inches in diameter. Press the pipe lightly into the ground, making a mark where the pipe will be buried.
  3. Dig a hole in the spot. Measure the height of your pipe with your ruler and make the hole about one inch deeper than the result. Pour a half cup of gravel into the bottom of the hole. This will help to drain rain water.
  4. Place the pipe into the hole, tapping the edges down with the hammer. Pack the dirt you dug out of the hole in around the outside edges of the pipe, using the spade or your hands. Do not put any dirt inside the pipe.
  5. Continue tapping and packing until the pipe's rim is about a half inch under the ground and the ground surrounding the pipe is level. You don't want the pipe to protrude or a golf ball could get stuck or bounce off of it.
  6. Plant grass in the dirt surrounding the new golf hole, or cut a hole of the same size in your outdoor carpeting and lay it over the area you've designated as your green.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make several holes in your yard and you can have your own private miniature golf course. Check the hole every week to remove any debris that has accumulated inside of it.
  • Watch young children and pets around your golf hole. They could easily step in it or trip and fall.

About the Author

Based in Washington, D.C., Kate Evelyn has been writing professionally since 2000. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including "Elle" magazine, "Brass|CU" magazine and the "Credit Union Times." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Western Maryland College.