Join us on Friday, February 23rd as each department competes to design the best fairway for a mini golf design challenge!

See the final designs on Friday afternoon in the Student Commons of the Seamans Center.

Teams are organized by department. Sign up using the form below by December 18th to join a team!

Engineering Open: Mini Golf (Design Team)

Please fill out this form by December 18th to indicate that you would like to be part of a team that will be designing a mini golf fairway for the Engineering Open. The competition will take place on Friday, February 23rd. All College of Engineering students, faculty, and staff can be on a team. Each team will be created based on their department affiliation (major).


  • Each team will design one golf hole fairway to be part of an overall mini golf course.
  • The hole should be par 3. (meaning it should take most three stokes to complete the course)
  • Each team will be provided with:
    • Wood base (8 feet by 4 feet) from the Engineering Machine Shop
    • 8 foot 2×2 board to be able to cut down
    • Turf (both rough and soft thickness – the rough is yellow and the soft is black in color)
    • For design elements and obstacles, access to scrap materials in both the Engineering Library and the Machine Shop on a first-come, first-serve basis
      • Any extra materials will be on the teams to provide.
  • The teams will design the location of the hole, objects, interactive elements, and elevations along the fairway.
  • All design elements should stay within the set diameters of 8 feet by 4 feet floor space. There is no limit on elevation.
  • The Engineering Machine Shop will assist laying on the turf after desired elements are built and secured to the base.
  • During play, the ball must always stay within the fairway.
  • The design of the mini golf hole fairway should be built so that it can be broken down and transported to the Seamans Center Student Commons on the day of the event as well as easily stored so it can used again in August.
  • Use of electronics or other computer elements is allowed for design and aesthetic purposes, but there must be at least two human elements of hitting the golf ball. All pieces must stay within the set diameters besides one power line running to it.


  • Judging will be both on technical and artistic elements.
  • The judging grid will be on a 1-5 scale using the elements listed below.
  • Technical
    • All design elements are within the set parameters of the fairway.
    • Well-constructed
    • The course can be reasonably completed as a par 3
    • Was the introduction within the time limit
    • During play, ball stayed within the fairway
    • At least two human elements of hitting the golf ball
  • Artistic
    • Overall Design & Theme
    • Aesthetically Pleasing
    • Humor Element
    • Surprise Element
    • Creative use of everyday objects or elements


  • Overall Winner
  • Honorable Mention
  • People’s Choice Award
    • Students, Faculty, and Staff get to cast a vote for their favorite the day of the event.

Sponsored by: College of Engineering, Engineering Student Council, Engineering Career Services, Engineering Machine Shop, and Lichtenberger Engineering Library