How to Build Your Own Indoor Putting Green
If you love to golf, but live in an area where you simply cannot play year round, building your own indoor putting green is a great way to keep your game on par. Indoor putting greens can be placed almost anywhere and is the perfect addition to a family room, basement, or man cave.
Step 1: Create a Plan
The first step you need to take to build an indoor putting green is to measure the area that you want to put it in. Try to choose measurements that will go with standard material lengths in order to make the building process easier. However, if you are comfortable with cutting and measuring wood, you can make your indoor putting green any size that you would like. The possibilities are endless for your design, as long as you have the space for it.
Step 2: Purchase Tools and Materials
- power drill
- circular saw
- a 4.25 inch drill bit
- 2×6 boards for the outer frame
- 2×4 boards for support on the inner frame
- One inch thick MDF or other particle board. Make sure that it is dense as this will be the flooring
- Wood screws: 2 inch
- Regulation golf cups: These can be purchased on many golf sites. You could cut 4.24 inch PVC piping to use for cups as well.
- Putting green: this can be purchased online or from a golf store
Step 3: Build the Frame
Use the 2×6 boards to build the outer frame of your putting green. Next, place the 2×4 boards inside the frame to add sturdiness to the frame. Make sure that you do not place a 2×4 where you are planning to place your holes on your putting surface.
When placing the inner support, it is important to make sure that it is sturdy enough for you to stand on and putt. You can test this by placing your flooring down and stepping on it to test for areas that may be weak. Cut the 2x4s and place them vertically between the spaces in order to add further support for your flooring.
Once you have your inner supports secure, place the flooring on top and drill it into place. The boards used for the frame should be taller than the support floor. This will create a lip that will stop your balls, so they stay on your green and do not roll onto the floor.
Place your putting green on the flooring and secure. Once it is in place you will then use your hole drill bit and create holes for you to practice with.
Put the cups in place and you are ready to go.
For those who want an indoor putting green, but do not have a large space and want something quick to set up, a pallet can be used. Simply add a putting green surface to the top of the pallet and secure. You can then cut holes into the pallet and you will have a small and effective putting green to use indoors. Alternatively, you could set up your own putting green outside and be able to putt in the colder months by installing a patio heater to keep you warm out there.
No matter what your reason for playing and practicing the game of golf, having a putting green in your home will be enjoyable!