Mini Golf Project

Design Studies 1A

Measurement – Mini-Mini Golf Project (Adapted from Mr. Rasmussen’s Golf Project page.)

Your challenge will be to build a mini golf hole complete with a tee, bumpers, at least one obstacle and one moving part (optional) on a base of 100 cm by 60 cm(minimum.) Before beginning building, you will need to explore mini-golf hole designs and layouts, the science/math behind the movement of balls, the geometry of angles and building techniques using found and inexpensive objects. (See Mr. Eberts for assistance.)

Tasks

Phase One – Explore

To get started on this project you will need to…

  1. develop an understanding of the challenges involved in playing mini-golf.
  2. know how courses are designed to make playing challenging and fun.
  3. understand the science of movement and gravity to predict how the ball might move through various parts of the golf hole you are designing.

Challenges of the Game

The best way to get a sense of the game is to actually play it. Playing computer mini-golf can also give you a sense of the game.  There are a couple of good Shockwave or Java golf games online. List the web addresses for 2 good online mini-golf games that you found and played here:

  1. _______________________________________________________
  2. _______________________________________________________

Phase Two – Planning Your Course

Begin your planning by looking up websites and images of some existing mini-golf courses. Decide on the shape of your green, the location of any obstacles, and the location of the hole. Decide on the materials you will need to build your mini-golf green and obstacles.

Provide Mr. Eberts with a Top-View drawing of your hole that shows:

  1. The shape and dimensions of the green.
  2. The location and dimensions of your obstacles.
  3. The location of the center of the hole, relative to the sides. The hole shall be 60mm wide.
  4. The location of your Tee. relative to the sides.
  5. Drawing must be done on the provided paper, in pencil. It must be clean and free of other marks.
  6. Drawing must be done to a scale of 20cm = 1m.

You will also provide a list of materials that you will be using to build your hole.

  1. Provide quantities and size of each material. (eg. 4 McDonalds straws – 1cm x 20cm)
  2. Mini Golf Materials List Sheet

Rules and Guidelines

The rules for completion of this project are fairly simple

  1. The hole must be built on the provided 100 cm X 60 cm (minimum) piece of foamboard base.
  2. There should be bumpers high enough to keep the ball inside the layout, but still allowing the player to address the ball.
  3. Your hole must have a tee, at least one obstacle, one moving part (optional) and a 60mm cup.
  4. You may decorate your layout in as interesting a way as possible. You might use some kind of theme upon which to plan the layout, i.e., dinosaurs, the circus, down on the farm, playground, etc.
  5. You must also build and provide the club that will be used on your course. It should be built to a similar scale.
  6. All materials (except the foamboard/wood and planning sheets) should be scrap or inexpensive items easily obtained and supplied by you.

Phase Three – Building

Mini Golf Design Evaluation

____  /10   The hole must be built on a 100 cm X 60 cm (approximately) piece of Styrofoam or wood base.  (3/8 inch thick)

____  /10  There should be bumpers high enough to keep the ball inside the layout, but still  allowing the player to address the ball.

____  /15  Your hole must have a tee, at least one obstacle, one moving part (optional) and a hole large enough (3 – 5 cm in diameter) for the ball to enter.

____  /15  You may decorate your layout in as interesting a way as possible. You might use some kind of theme upon which to plan the layout, i.e., dinosaurs, the circus, down on the farm, playground, etc.

____  /10  Your drawing is to scale, accurate and well done.

____  /10 Your materials list is complete

____  /5    A golf club is provided, made to a proper scale.

All materials (except the foamboard/wood and planning sheets) should be scrap or inexpensive items easily obtained and supplied by you.

Total:                                      /75

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