HELP U BUILD FAQ
The Quality and style of Castle Golf courses with limited budgets
Can you elaborate on this program?
The answer is found in the roots of this concept. We noted some years ago that there were prospective clients who wanted the quality and style of Castle Golf designed courses and had limited budgets. We determined that you could divide the course construction into two basic components . These are the critical permanent portions , those elements made of concrete and steel. When not correctly done, they are very difficult to change . Specifically, the golf course hole “fairways” and commonly the “ponds and rivers” fit this category. The other portions are changeable such as lighting, landscaping, trim, theme structures, etc. and are therefore, less critical.
Think of it as like baking a birthday cake and then adding the decorations. Get the cake right and people will eat more than one slice.
Castle Golf will provide the suppliers and, whenever possible help you get the best prices for carpet and balls, putters, etc. Another way to look at it is that Castle Golf will come along side you and help you with getting your course built when budgets are tight.
How would this work?
Castle Golf will develop a complete set of construction documents as we always do. These plans become the basis for applying a cost to construct. They also describe what the various components of construction include. At this point the client, through discussions with Castle Golf, can determine what they can contribute to the project. This is somewhat like a “sweat equity” program that has been used in some home construction.
What does it cost for a Help-U-Build course?
The cost to build a miniature golf course can vary because of the resources the client can contribute to the project. Sometimes family members have skills or experiences that can help reduce your costs.
Perhaps you have a friend with whom you can make trade. Possibly you are a landscaper, or like to build structures to be added, or can install the carpet.
Design characteristics will also impact mini golf course costs.
Will it save us money?
Yes, it could. But again, it depends upon how much you can contribute and what the hard costs will be. You may choose to use an overhead lighting program with floodlights, a less costly approach that the usual Castle Golf standard approach. We will provide the appropriate electrical plans for your use.
Or perhaps you have the ability to install retaining walls should the design require these. Essentially, the cost to build a miniature golf course will vary based upon what you wish to accomplish and what needs to be given to us.
What if we want to add our own theme structures?
We have had that happen. There is an example on the web site under Help-U-Build of a course in Delta, CO. Not only did the owner build some “western” theme structures during the winter, he also inserted his own rustic ropes and poles in the spring prior to opening.
How many variations are there?
There are many subtle possibilities. For instance, instead of using Castle Perma Curbs, you might like to glue your brick pavers around the edges of the golf course holes.
Because of the many nuances, we recommend a telephone call and a good conversation.
Think of a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being you designing and building from scratch, to a 10 in which Castle would do a complete turn-key project. Within reason there is probably some place along that continuum that could work for both of us.
It has been a pleasure working with everyone at Castle Golf , and we look forward to a long association with you all and the day, hopefully in the near future, when we can have you build a second 18-hole course for us here. Wyoming Adventure Miniature Golf has been well received, and is a great addition to our community.