The base is the playing surface of your mini-golf hole. We used pizza boxes because it enables us to build in sections, modularly. Each person on a team can work on their own section of the hole using the same style pizza boxes and they will fit together perfectly for final assembly. You don’t have to use pizza boxes but they make it easy to match dimensions. This is just and example of some basic techniques. Once you are efficient with these building concepts you can attempt some of the more advanced techniques that can hide the support structures.
Your base should have these elements:
- Start of the hole
- Cup, hole, or obvious end of the course
- Walls to keep the ball on the course
- You will need to raise the turf to the height of the cup you are using for the hole. Decide if you want the whole course at that level or a ramp built in somewhere. A yogurt cup is a perfect cup for your hole.
- Build in sections that can fit into a car or van. You will need to transport your project to the competition. Make sure it fits out the door and into a car
- Make it playable – it should be easy to figure out and maneuver.
- Hole in one should be possible and no more than 4 mandatory hits to finish.
- Don’t make your walls higher than necessary.
- More than one person can work on the base. One could build the beginning while another team member builds the end.
- Plan a spot for your microcontroller and a route for your wires.
Raised Sections and Hole
Every hole needs an end. If you’re going to use a cup for the hole you will have to raise the elevation of the base to the height of the cup. You can construct your whole hole at this elevation or have the ball go up to that elevation at some point before the end.
Because you built everything with the same sized pizza boxes, the width is is the same and everything should fit together. You might need a ramp to get the ball from low sections to the raised sections. Final assembly should be done on site, after most of the decorating and artwork has been applied to the individua sections. Make sure your sections can fit into a car or van for transportation. DO NOT FINAL CONNECT YOUR SECTIONS BEFORE THE COMPETITION.