Play backyard golf.
You probably didn’t know you can live on a golf course without having to move! It’s actually very easy and inexpensive to create a chip and putt hole in your own back yard! Kids (and Dad) will love going outside to practice on their very own “golf course,” and as golfers already know, this game will teach them lots of focus and patience.
Steps to create your own backyard golf hole:
1. Choose a flat area of your yard (about 8’x8’) for your green and cut this grass using the lowest setting on your lawn mower.
2. A regulation golf cup can be ordered online, or make one yourself by cutting a 4 inch PVC pipe 4.5 inches long.
3. Dig a hole on the green about 5 inches deep with a post hole digger. Set the pipe in the hole so that the top of the pipe is at or just under ground level. Fill dirt in around sides of the pipe as needed.
4. Make your own flag out of a dowel rod and fabric.
5. The only equipment you will need is a pitching wedge, putter and a few golf balls.
Practice chipping from different spots around the green. If you want to make it more official, the kids can make tee markers by painting bricks and stenciling a number on each. Now you’re ready to give your new golf course a name and invite family members, friends and neighbors to reserve their tee time!
(Thanks to Shari and her family for the great tips!)