A room with a golf theme should reflect devotion to the game and inspire those who enter to engage in thought and conversation about how the sport is played.
Since golf is played outdoors, a theme room is best reserved for the basement, porch, den or garage.Treasured golf memorabilia are key points of visual interest. And the decor can be enhanced with interactive elements such as miniature putting greens, televised tournament viewing areas and simulator technology.
Things You'll Need
- One roll of thick rubber sheeting
- One roll of artificial grass
- Sharp utility knife /heavy-duty scissors
- Multipurpose adhesive
- Tall wooden cabinets
- Bench seating (for locker room/practice look)
- Leather recliners (new or old, for clubhouse/viewing room look)
- eye-level shelving
- Golf equipment and paraphernalia
- Full-size mirror(s)
- Small container of acrylic white paint
Stake your claim
To declare what a golf themed room is really about, position a flag pin (purchased or "salvaged") prominently in the room. Also, make ample room for golf trophies (earned or "salvaged") that impart the resident reverence for the game. Those two symbols resonate more than any other in the sport (besides a Masters green jacket, which never looks good when it's faked). Set the tone for a golf theme room with personal favorite items that can foster conversation. Treat the room (with art, books, equipment or souvenirs) as a shrine to personal enjoyment. Keep dimensions in mind to avoid overcrowding floor and wall space. Framed photographs add eye-catching enhancement.
Go for the green with a personal putting surface. On a flat, outdoor surface: make the outline of a green suitable to the room's size on a thick section of foam or rubber. Overlay the base with artificial turf material using a generous layer of multipurpose adhesive. Trim away excess turf material from base shape; trace circular rim of a disposable drinking cup wherever desired; cut out ringed section(s) with a utility knife. Paint inner ring of hole(s) with acrylic white paint.
Remember: even the best golfers in the world have trouble sinking shots beyond five feet. In limited spaces, faux greens that roll up like yoga mats provide enjoyment and amendment to the room's theme.
Take advantage of the way tall wooden cabinets with brass fixtures and nameplates give a golf-themed room an added air of authenticity. As a bonus, they're ideal for storage of favored bags, caps, shoes and clubs. Wood flooring gives the golf-theme room a polished look. And vintage clubs with persimmon heads can be utilized as decorative accents or transformed into functioning coat hooks or lamp stands. Seek guidance from the look of clubhouses you have visited. Seek out resources for salvaged clubhouse furnishings.
Watch yourself, literally or virtually with a range of options that include full-length mirrors and high-tech golf simulators. Place mirrors in strategic positions that both enhance the perceived size of the room and give active players at least enough room to check their posture and setup positions.
If budget and space are not constraints, position a golf simulator in the room to provide the ultimate access to nonstop enjoyment of the game.
If the room's purpose is mainly for viewing golf, position clubby leather chair at central points in the room. If the purpose of the golf theme is to emphasize participation, place locker room replica benches along walls.
Think in broad, horizontal strokes with regard to a room with a golf theme. Dedicated players identify with shades of sky, grass, sand, water; looking downward and pretty much in that order. For a fanatical golf them room, consider hiring a muralist to paint walls in tribute to a favorite course. Make a room appear larger with a graduated painting scheme that draws the eye upward and outward.
Wood furnishings (wall panels, shelves, benches, lockers) can greatly enhance the golf theme, but also darken and "enclose" the feel of the room. Brighten the room with natural light as much as possible. The glint of metal (trophies, club shafts) as well as accents like wire baskets full of clean white golf balls brighten corners and blank wall spaces.
Tips & Warnings
- Set safety guidelines for any areas of the room where actual golf clubs may be swung.
- Photo Credit flickr/afp real estate photography, 2008
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