How to Create Your Own Mini Golf Course

By Patrick Cameron

golf ball teed up at the driving range
You're sitting at home when you want to be on the course. But you're watching the kids and you can't get away. Wouldn't it be great if you could get a little game of golf going in your house? You can. Just build your own mini golf course. You won't be pulling out the big dog, but you can get your kids and your putter involved.


Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Start by buying your supplies. How many holes you want and the size of your course will determine the amount of materials.
  2. Glue down side boards to the fiberboard platform. Your side boards should be 1-by-1. Use wood glue and glue them to the fiberboard to outline the hole from tee to cup.
  3. Allow the side boards to affix solidly to the fiberboard. This will take two hours.
  4. Add side boards to the other side of the fiberboard using the wood glue. The side boards on this side should go in the same spots as they are on the top of the board, and are used to lift the entire board an inch off the ground. Once again, let the wood glue dry.
  5. Cut a hole through the fiberboard for your hole. Do this by taking the PVC, placing it on the fiberboard and make a pencil mark around the outside of the PVC on the wood. Drill a small hole along the inside edge of the pencil-marked hole and then cut the entire hole out with the saber saw.
  6. Cover your fiberboard and side boards with felt. You'll want to size the felt by putting it over the board to make sure it covers the entire platform. Once you've ascertained that your felt will cover, lift it off and spray the wood with spray adhesive. You're going to want to cover the entire platform so that you don't get bubbles.
  7. Lay down the felt and smooth it out. If you have the felt in a roll, you can start at one end of the platform and roll it to the other end. You can smooth it out with your hands, but start in one corner and work your hands over the felt to the opposite corner. The key is to make sure that the felt affixes to the fiberboard (through the help of the spray adhesive) without any bubbles, which can throw off the trajectory of the ball once putted.
  8. Open up the hole. You'll have to cut the felt from around the hole. To do this, use a carpenter's knife and put a small hole in the felt right in the middle of the hole in your wood. Cut four or five slits running from the center of the hole to the outer edge. You can flip over your platform, spray the felt on the other side and affix it to the fiberboard underneath.
  9. Slide your PVC pipe in to the hole so that it's flush on the board.
  10. Add your obstacles. You can use bricks or pieces of wood on your platform to make the course as challenging or as easy as you'd like.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plan out your mini golf course before you build it. This will help you to get the proper amount of materials the first time.
  • Make sure your PVC is flush to the hole or below it. If it sticks up, you won't be able to get your ball to go in.

About the Author

Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.