Join us on Friday, February 24th 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.


Event Timeline:

  • Each group will work with Machine Shop on the build
    • Machine Shop will have open build time
      • Monday through Friday 2/6 – 2/23
        • Monday  11:30am – 3:30pm
        • Tuesday 9:00am – 12:00pm
        • Wednesday 11:30am – 3:30pm
        • Thursday 9:00am – 12:00pm
        • Friday 11:30am – 3:30pm
      • Saturday 2/11 and 2/18
        • 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Event is Friday, Feb 24th in the Seamans Center Student Commons
    • Final set up will be the morning starting at 9 am – 1pm.
    • The judging will take place starting at 1 pm.
    • Awards around 3pm
  • After the event, the fairways will be saved to use as part of the College of Engineering Welcome Event in August.


  • 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:
    • pre-built wood base (8 feet by 2 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 2 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.


  • Maximum of 9 teams. One from each department plus Student Development Center, Engineering Technology Center, and combined team of Library, Writing Center, and NEXUS.
  • Each team should have a minimum of 3 and maximum of 12 members
  • Each team should have a contact person who will be the person responsible for communicating information out to their team members.
  • Each team provides a short introduction to the judges that is maximum of 2 minutes


  • 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
  • Fan Favorite 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