Miniature Golf

 

An activity to be used with a golf unit or just for a fun game for the kids one day.

 

Materials: Putters for each student, 1 ball for each student (preferably different colors but not necessary,) 18 or more gymnastics mats, LOTS of Cones, Wood Boundaries, hurdles, hula hoops, boxes, sticks, and 9-18 carpet squares for the tee box, plastic drinking cups, pencils with a paper and the hole number attached.

 

Getting Started:  Depending on gym size and gymnastics mats, you can create a 9 18 hole golf course by attaching 2-3 gymnastics mats together for the fairways.  (This reduces ball speed compared to putting on a gym floor and gives the class a boundary.)  The mats will define exactly where the hole is.  Place a carpet square at one end of the mats, cut part of the drinking cup off so that the cup will lay flat on the mat, and tape it to the other end of the mats.  GET CREATIVE with making the holes challenging.  Some things I did, was on hole nine, they had to bounce the ball off a side barrier to the end of the mat, where the mat was folded up so that the ball would roll up an incline and into a cup resting open side up on the incline.  Then I put orange hair, eyes and a red nose by the cup and called it INTO THE CLOWNS MOUTH! That was Hole 9.  Other ideas, cones as barriers, cones under certain parts of the mats to create bumps and slopes.  Folding mats up to make hills to jump, other mats folded in triangles to make alley ways, 2 by 4s to create obstacles to avoid.  Fold the end mat in half and use a clipboard as a ramp to the top of the mat where the hole can be found.  Creativity was my best bet!

 

Activity:  Pair the class into groups, no more than 4 per group depending on class size and number of holes.  Remind the students that they take turns with hitting, starting with the person farthest away from the hole first.  That way each person will not hole-out before anyone else has teed off.  Stop after 5 or so minutes and point out excellent swings, describing the swing as a PENDULUM motion at the shoulders, keeping elbows and wrists locked.  If they finish 9 holes, go again!  Its fun and something kids would normally PAY to do!

 

Optional:  Give the students a lesson that includes golf etiquette before this.  Remind the students to follow that etiquette.  Faster players play through, lowest score goes first, and much more. 

To keep the class more engaged, have them keep score on hand made score cards.  Write the par of each hole on the score cards.

Put a barrier at the back of each mat to keep the balls from rolling off the end.  Make a rule that if the ball goes off the mat, its a one stroke penalty and they start from the tee box again.

If students are having problems alternating shots, make each group use only one putter.  Then they must share and wait for their turn to shoot. 

Provide a reward for a difficult hole like into the clowns mouth.  I made hole 9 a PAR 1, and out of 450 students only 1 made a hole in one!  (I knew the clowns mouth in 1 was possible, just difficult.)