If you’re planning to build a mini-golf course of your own, having a high-quality mini-golf carpet can amplify your overall experience.
With that said, you must know how to properly install it because even the slightest error can cause big problems.
Let’s save your day by diving deep into a step-by-step guide on how to install a mini-golf carpet.
How to Install Your Mini Golf Carpet: Things to Consider
To avoid the trouble while carrying out your project, make sure of a few important things before installing your mini-golf carpet.
Let’s have a brief look at them.
1. Landscape Evaluation
Evaluating the mini-golf site for available area and terrain details is important because it determines the type of mini-golf carpet that can be installed there.
Typically, a 9-hole mini-golf course requires 140′ x 140′ space, which is approximately 0.5 acres. Make sure to clear at least that much space for flawless installation.
In addition to this, factor the trees that bear fruits and grow large roots while planning to save your mini-golf carpet from getting stained or obstructed.
Scoping out the drainage conditions of your mini-golf area can also be helpful in preventing overwatering and hard water spots.
If there are any soft spots in the area, make sure to compact them as a part of ground preparation before laying the carpet.
2. Carpet Design
Once you’re done evaluating the landscape, it’s time to design your mini-golf carpet.
If you’re going to install the mini-golf carpet in your backyard, I’d recommend you go with the natural design of your selected area; however, you’re always free to make changes as per your preferences.
To design your mini-golf carpet, start by measuring the average width and length of the putting green.
Include the fringe measurements, sides, corners, and angles so that your mini-golf carpet can easily fit in the selected area.
Normally, a putting green is designed with a 15-20 feet distance to each cup for ease of playing. Consider this while selecting the putting cups location to finalize the designing process.
3. Required Tools & Material
Make sure to gather the necessary tools and materials required for installing your mini-golf carpet before getting started.
You’ll need different materials depending on the location of your putting green and its installation type.
Some commonly used tools include;
- Measuring tape
- Small hand shovel
- Rope or cord
- Drop spreader
- Lawn sprayers and vegetation kill
- Weed barrier or plastic liner
- Wheelbarrow or bobcat
- Sod cutter
- Stiff bristle broom
- Ride-on roller or gas tamp
- Post-hole digger
- Industrial carpet-cutting knife
Some commonly used material includes;
- Disintegrated granite
- Stone dust
- Limestone or limestone dust
- Manufactured sand
Installing the Mini-Golf Carpet: A Step-by-Step Process
1. Prepare the Ground
Preparing the ground for installing your mini-golf carpet is the most crucial step.
This is because it defines the overall ball movement and turf behavior while you’re playing.
To prepare the ground;
- Begin with clearing the ground of any existing obstructions and plant vegetation to create a smooth and leveled surface.
- Prepare the sub-base by using the decomposed granite or similar sub-base material as per your requirements.
- Typically, 500 feet of putting green will require 10,000 pounds of sub-base material for a proper surface.
- Make specific drops in each area and compact the surface.
For more insight, hop into this youtube video by EasyTurfTV;
2. Putting Cup Placement
After preparing the sub-base, you’ll need to place the putting cups in the putting green area.
- Dig the holes for putting cups using a post-hole digger.
- Make sure to dig down deep enough to accommodating the putting cups
- Wrap the putting cups in plastic or mylar and place them in the dug hole
- Make sure that the dug hole is about one inch wider than the cup
- Put mortar around the cup and adjust the cup for the necessary solid position
- Use the level to ensure that the club face is perfectly flat
3. Install the Putting Pad
Including a putting pad while installing your mini-golf carpet can considerably lengthen the life of green speed achieved upon installation.
Furthermore, it also affects the ball reaction while chipping from the fringe areas.
To install the putting pad;
- Lay out the putting cushion over the top of the sub-base and put cups
- Wait for the pad to settle, and then mark the putting green pad in a precise manner according to your putting green design
- Clean any debris off using a leaf blower to get rid of unexpected bumps between the pad and carpet
4. Install the Mini Golf Carpet/Turf
Now that you’re done with installing the putting pad, it’s time to install your mini gold carpet.
- Cut the putting green carpet according to the guide you’ve marked on the putting pad
- Make sure to cut it one inch wider than the pad markings to give you extra room while connecting to fringe
- Precisely cut 6-12 inches of putting green at a time using a standard cutting knife to avoid sloppy cuts
- Leave the cups in up-position so you can easily find them when it’s time to cut the holes
5. Install the Fringe
Fringe installation is a solid 4-6 hour job that requires about a 2 to 3 person crew.
To install the fringe;
- Precisely cut the fringe according to carpet design using a standard knife or carpet cutter
- Use adhesive material to attach the fringe to perimeter of the putting green
- Once attached, it will take some time to settle
- After that, cut the holes as per carpet design to proceed toward finishing
6. Finishing the Installation
The finishing process includes rolling the mini-golf carpet to bend the grass blades and provide a playable surface.
A commercial-grade roller is ideal for providing a standard finish to your mini golf carpet.
Depending upon your usage type and the weather conditions, it can take from 50 minutes to 2 hours to complete the process.
Once you’re done with it, test your mini-golf carpet by playing a round of mini-golf with friends.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a mini-golf carpet made of?
Typically, a mini golf carpet is made of synthetic material such as polyester, nylon or polypropylene.
Is mini-golf good for game improvement?
Yes, mini golf can increase your ability to analyze the slope, position and speed of regular golf greens, thus improving your putting skills which is best for your short game.
How much space is required to install a mini golf carpet?
Mini golf carpet can be installed in smaller areas however you’ll need a minimum of 0.5 acres for a standard installation.
Installing a mini golf carpet can be a work of hassle but following the above given procedure can save your day as it’s simple, fast, and easy.
Since it’s a DIY project and you don’t have to follow strict rules, there’s always room for customization.
You can design the layout and use carpet material of your own choice, but make sure to be precise and go with the right choices.
In the end, it’s your course, your choice!