There are a bunch of things that you need in order to create a course but there is a lot of room to get creative when sourcing materials and constructing. We have managed to source pretty much all of our materials from friends, family and kind local business owners, so here's what you'll need:
- 1. Tees
- 2. Holes and greens
- 3. Signage & extras
1. Tees Essentially a structure to strike the ball from. We will be using wooden pallets and chopped up driving range matting. A pallet gives you a solid base and they're relatively easy to get a hold of. I've found that chatting nicely to people at building companies and others that operate warehouses will generally wield good results.
We have used driving range matting to hit the ball from but you could use any type of astroturf or maybe even carpet(I've never tried it though). You can cover the whole pallet if you like but if you don't have a whole load of astroturf you can get away with using a relatively small square. I have to say a big thank you to Stuart from Drumoig Driving Range who was kind enough to donate the matting we're using. You will want to make sure that the pallet is secure and level so no one comes flying off it and you can just screw or bolt your striking surface to the top of the pallet and you're good to go.
2. Holes and greens This is the target for the player and should ideally be visible from a distance. There are lots of ways of constructing a green and the hole depending on the ground material at your location and what you use for the actual hole itself. We are just going to use dirt to create the green areas and ring them with branches. It's important to define the green area clearly so there are no debates on whether the ball is on the green or not. With normal golf you get multiple shots but because you only have 1 at Wiffle golf the holes tend to be bigger. We are going to use paint pots as we had them lying about but you could use any sort of container or sections of plastic pipe. As long as it is buried in the ground and is 2-3 times bigger than a normal golf hole. One other thing that is connected to the green and hole are the hazards. These can take any form that you like but I have seen bunkers and water hazards added to the course. Essentially it's another defined area around the green that players want to avoid or they will be deducted a point from their score. We will be using sand and branches to create bunkers around the greens to add that little bit of difficulty.
3. Signage and extras We're not talking big neon things here just numbers for each hole and maybe some directional pointers, if there's potential to get lost. You might want to consider putting a sign up with the rules or a link to somewhere online (like this website). We're going to use rope and wood offcuts to create our hole signs but you can use whatever you like. It depends on time and budget but you might also want to add some finishing touches like flags in the holes to make them easier to see. These little touches will help pull it all together and add to the overall experience but just make sure whatever you make is robust enough to withstand the weather and any potential interest from vandals.
These are really just the building blocks you need to create a functional Wiffle Golf course. There's a loads of weird and wonderful things you could do to create a really unique course. The key is creating an amazingly fun experience that makes them want to play another round and tell all their friends.