Introduction: Minigolf Course at High School
The Pro-LAB shop class collaborated with the geometry class to build a 9 hole minigolf course. We finished it just in time for the last week of school, and the whole school was treated to a few rounds of minigolf.
The geometry class used what they learned about angles to design each hole to be hole-in-oneable. The course was built from a combination of 4'x8' and 4'x4' platforms fit together to form more complex shapes. The shop class built, carpeted, painted, and arranged the platforms that formed the course. Everyone worked together to decorate the course - our theme was "MiniARTure Golf Course", and each hole is based on a particular art form.
We were lucky to have a large warehouse space near our school where we set up the course.
Our documentation of the build is a little spotty, but this project was just too cool to not post.
Step 1: Design and Rendering
The geometry class drafted each hole by hand on graph paper. They also selected the theme for each hole.
From there, they passed off some of the designs to our Engineering class to make renderings.
Step 2: Building the Platforms
Each platform is made from 2x4s and OSB subfloor. They're pictured above stacked up in the shop and serving as a temporary table.
We cut the holes with a jig saw and cleaned them up with a large wood rasp.
Our geometry teacher ordered the turf. I'm not sure where or how, but once it arrived in the shop we stretched it out on the platforms, stapled it down, and trimmed any excess with box cutters.
The last step was attaching barriers according to the geometry class's plans. We cut our 2x4's to size, painted them red, then used screws and braces like these to attach them to the platforms.
Step 3: Arranging the Platforms
As we finished the platforms we dragged them over to our warehouse space and positioned them on the course. We didn't use anything to secure the platforms together - their weight was sufficient to keep them in place.
Step 4: Props
Lots of students pitched in to make the props. Care was taken by the geometry class to ensure each object was accurately scaled.
This picture shows the photography hole shown as a 3D model in step 1. It was a lot of fun to see our plans come to life as a real minigolf course.
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