Back Garden Golf Course

Create a crazy golf course in your back garden

What do you need?
  • Plastic cups, buckets or empty pots
  • A handful of stones
  • Items and materials from around the home for obstacles– see below
  • A golf ball & golf club (a mop and tennis ball could be an alternative)
  • A notepad & pen

As with any activity, they will need an adult to help them.

  • How many can do this?
  • Will suit what age?
  • How long does the fun last?
Step 1

To get started, you and the kids need to do a bit of planning. Choose the number of holes depending on the size of space available and the amount of time you want to play for.

Step 2
Step 2

Now identify where each hole will be, making sure you vary the lengths to holes and consider where you can introduce obstacles and hazards.

Step 3

Next, you need to mark each hole using plastic cups, buckets, or any old empty pots from the recycling bin. You can hold these in place by positioning stones either side. Alternatively if you would like to make your course more of a permanent feature, you can dig the pots in and submerge them like traditional golf holes.

Step 4
Step 4

You now need to introduce the fun part to your course layout. A Crazy Golf course needs to feature a series of challenges. It’s good fun for you and the kids to make up your own, but to help you get started here are some examples:

  • Create tunnels out of old drain-pipe or plastic bottles with their top’s and bottom’s cut off
  • Build a series of ramps with planks balanced on bricks
  • Use what’s in your garden already. If you have a sandpit, you have a bunker!

Step 3
Step 5

Once set up, arm the kids with a golf club and ball and tee off! You can often pick up old golf clubs at charity shops. The aim of the game is to get the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible. Players record their score for each hole by making a note of the number of strokes it took to reach the golf hole. The player with the fewest strokes at the end of the game wins.