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North London Rear Garden

Transforming a garden space from an empty shell into a 6 hole miniature golf course with added features and landscaping.

The mission

In 2009 we were tasked with taking on this exciting project. Each hole was to boast its own character with strategically-placed subtle depressions and hillocks and elements of wood and planting. Additional features would include an integrated water trap and fountain (lit at night), a hole that weaves in and out of the shed and an interchangeable layout.

All you need is a bit of imagination


Our team set about producing artistic impressions of the course as well as technical drawings of every hole and the overall layout. After one or two tweaks, the client instructed us to commence the work on site. Enlarge the gallery to view a selection of our designs.

Here's the layout we designedHole 3 & 4 technical drawingHole 3 & 4 artistic impressionHole 2 technical drawingHole 2 artistic impression

Our work

We cleared and levelled the site, installed a drainage network and built the course up from there. Our special kerbing blocks were painted and combined with stained wooden posts for the perimeter borders to blend nicely. Our favourite bit of the job was installing the ball chute and wind chimes! The holes were laid with our exclusive “Smooth Putt” surfacing. And finally, we even put up a trellis so that our customer could grow Clematis!

Evolution of a minigolf holePreparing the drainageGiving the ground a good whackHole 1 takes shapePaving around hole 2PeepholeBuilding up the ramp in to the shedThe concrete is curingPriming the basesLaying the carpetInstalling the water featureIn go the plants

The results

Only 5½ weeks after we broke ground the work was finished. Job done! Our client invited our crew as well as their friends and family to celebrate the ‘new arrival’. Everyone enjoyed the drinks and nibbles as well as several games of minigolf. Check out the gallery (right) for photos of the course in all its glory and the party that followed.

Now that's what I call a back garden!All six holesComing up the hillFriends and family enjoy the courseA fight with gravityA room with a viewPlanting arrangementsThe fiendish water hazardGood day for itTake twoOur unique chute and chimes contraption24 hour crazy golfAction shotsRolling down the hill

And finally…

Here are some photos showing how we turned the course from an empty shell into one of the most unique courses in the country. And whaddya know, in 2010, this course hosted the London Invitational Tournament, becoming the first BMGA-sanctioned competition to be held in someone’s back yard!

Levelling the siteProgressJob done!
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