Nothing very big got done around my house this past week. I hosted a birthday party with my sister for my parents this weekend so Jack and I were busy touching up all the spots I missed while painting (I do not know how I could miss so many spots, oops), changing outlet covers, and painting doors. While I was in the house cleaning on Friday, Jack was painting our old oak doors white outside and I went to see how it was going and discovered him over halfway done with a putting green in the garage. He was “doing something while the paint dried in between coats” but I know he just didn’t want to clean 🙂 But since we both golf, I’ll take this cool putting green over a little help cleaning the kitchen.
He started off by building the frame out of 1″x4″ pine. The top is made out of 2 pieces of 1/2″ plywood. Each piece was was cut t0 68″ x 22.5″. This gave the entire dimension of the putting green 12′ long by 2′ wide. He cut a hole on either side so you can putt in either direction. The hole has a 3 3/4″ diameter. A standard golf hole is 4 1/4″ in diameter but because of the sizes that the piping underneath it came in, it either had to be half an inch too small or a quarter of an inch too big. And we wouldn’t want any false confidence in our putting skills so we went with the smaller hole.
We bought some 2 inch pvc piping from Menards and cut it in half on the table saw. We originally wanted the ball return to come all of the way back to the putter. But because the surface of the green is 3.5 inches tall once the ball that is about 2 inches in diameter drops through the hole, it only had 1.5 inches of slope to make it all of the way back to the putter. Since the slope wasn’t steep enough with a few turns to return the ball all the way back consistently, we just had it come out to the outside on the end.
We wanted the putting surface to be inset around the perimeter so you could see the stained wood around the sides. To do this, we cut strips of scrap wood and glued and screwed them along the sides for the plywood to sit on. Since the plywood is 1/2″ it sits flush with the perimeter wood which makes it look a little nicer.
For the cup, he used a 4″to 3″ pvc pipe reducer. It was too big length wise, so he cut some off of each end on the table saw.
We bought cheap carpet at Menards that was 40 cents/sqft and stapled it tight around the plywood top.
We added a 2″ x 6″ backstop on the ends to keep the ball from rolling off. We also made a little platform to stand on that can be moved around.
Jack added a straight line down the center of the green.
It currently spans across almost the entire floor of one of our spare bedrooms where we’ve been hoarding our extra furniture.
He sometimes chips onto it from down the hallway and has yet to make a hole in the wall.
I have a feeling this will stay in the spare bedroom for awhile since I don’t really know of a better place to keep it. It has provided entertainment so far but hopefully it turns into some lower golf scores this summer!