How to Build a Windmill for Mini Golf

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Miniature golf is a recreational sport enjoyed by hundred of thousands of people every year. Every resort town in the world has a miniature golf course, and families everywhere flock to the collection of fun themed holes for a round of golf and fun. No miniature golf course is complete without the legendary windmill hole.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 two-by-fours, 4 feet long
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Pen and paper
  • Plywood
  • Spray paint
  • Lag bolt and nut
  • Washers
  • Jigsaw
  • Sketch out a design of your windmill. Most feature a small base section decorated at the top with four windmill paddles.

  • Build the base by nailing the two-by-fours together, making a square. Nail the plywood over the sides of the square.

  • Cut out four "paddles" for the windmill. Use a marker to draw the shape of the paddle on the plywood, then cut out with a jigsaw. The paddles should be approximately 2 feet long by 5 inches wide.

  • Screw the lag bolt into the top of the base structure. Drill a single hole at the base of each of the paddles, approximately 1 inch from the bottom.

  • Put a washer over the lag bolt, then place each of the paddles over the lag bolt. Spread the paddles so they are equidistant from one another, creating a fan pattern. Put a second washer on top of the paddles, followed by a nut. Screw tightly so the paddles are in place but rotate freely.

  • Spray paint the base structure and the paddles. Use bright colors. Consider freehand painting a couple of windows and a door. Set the structure over the miniature golf course hole.

Tips & Warnings

  • Spend some time with your paint--the fancier the paint job, the more impressive the windmill.
  • Always wear eye protection when using a saw.
  • Make sure you spray paint the windmill in a well-ventilated area to avoid dangerous fumes.

References

  • Photo Credit Ball for a golf flying to a hole image by terex from Fotolia.com
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