Mini Golf at Panther Links

MiniGolf at Panther Links was a semester-long design project that challenged first-year engineering students to design and build a mini golf hole. Working in teams, the students tackled problem solving, construction skills and engineering principles, while accounting for aesthetics, build quality and difficulty (each team determined their hole’s par).
The experience helped students demonstrate:

  • Interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Design-related problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of their chosen major and other engineering majors
  • Construction skills
Hole 1
Hole 2
Hole 3

[divider] Nearly 200 golfers enjoyed the nine-hole course—they combined chance, putting skill and geometric analysis, while seeing fundamental engineering principles at work.

[quote]“Ultimately, I wanted the general engineering students to build something fun and interesting that would incorporate multiple engineering disciplines (so they can better select their major) and be able to showcase the projects to campus so everyone could see what a freshman engineering student is capable of.”[/quote]

—Matthew Jensen, assistant professor

Hole 4
Hole 5
Hole 6

Each team’s mini golf hole was judged on the following criteria:
(20%) Construction quality (determined by judges)
(30%) Aesthetics and fun-ness (as voted on by the participants)
(20%) Accurate CAD drawing of the design and or major feature(s)
(30%) Final presentation and write-up
(10%) If you run over budget (based on receipts submitted for reimbursement)
(2%) Every half stroke above/below your designated par based on the average score of participants

Hole 7
Hole 8
Hole 9


  • Don’t procrastinate
  • Responsibility and organization are very important
  • Testing is your friend, especially electronics
  • Importance of working together as a group
  • Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses
  • Mistakes have valuable lessons


Thanks to Sponsors: Communications International  and SGD Golf


Tour the course:

Panther Links Course
Panther Links Course

Take a closer look at each hole:

Show More
Back to top button