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How to Make Your Own DIY Disc Golf Basket

It is normal to see a disc golf course at a local park.  There are also many disc golf course parks that are made for disc golf only.  A disc golf course can bring so much fun, whether you spend ten minutes playing or hours.  But sometimes people live too far away from a park or do not have the time to drive to one.  If this is your case, then it may be a good idea to make your own disc golf course in your very own yard.  Today I will be going over how to build a DIY disc golf basket with some creative ideas, where to put the disc golf basket, and how to play the game.  I hope that this article inspires you to make your own disc golf course in your yard.  Let's get started.

How to Build a DIY Disk Golf Basket

There are many ways to build a DIY disc gold basket.  Some ideas are rather creative, such as using recycled metal items.  Others are very plain and simple, such as a disc golf basket made out of a box.  But whichever type you to decide to build, you will find that it is just as good as any other disc golf basket that you'd find at a park.  Let's take a look at some creative DIY disc golf basket ideas, and how you can make them.

Steel Disc Golf Basket

Are you wanting a DIY disc golf basket that looks similar to a basket that you'd find at a park?  And are you wanting a basket that is cheap to make?  Well, this one is a good choice.  It is similar to a DGA Disc Golf Basket, which is a professional looking golf basket.  Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • Chain coil
  • Metal barrels (How many depends on how many baskets you're making)
  • Trashcan lids (Once again, how many you buy depends on how many baskets you need.
  • Plywood
  • Steel posts
  • 12 - zinc plated eye bolts
  • 18 - 1″ drywall screws/washers
  • 8 - 2″ 10/24 bolt/washer/nut sets
  • 12 - nylon locking nuts
  • 12 - T-Nuts
  • 36 - self tapping metal screws
  • 4 - various sized hose clamps
  • 6 -4″ or 6″ corner brackets
  • 2 – 15′ 3/8″ rubber air hose
  • 2 - closet flange
  • 2 - flange extension ring
  • 2 - PVC coupling
  • 36 - 3/16″ zinc plated quick links

How to Make:

  1. Begin by cutting the top and bottom off of the steel barrels about 8" deep.  You can use a circular saw with a metal cutoff blade.  If you don't have a trash can lid for the top of the disc golf basket, you can cut off either the top or bottom of a barrel to make the top.  Once you have cut the barrels, use a metal file or Dremel tool to smooth out the cut edges.
  2. To make the top of your disc golf basket extra strong, you may want to add some plywood to the trash can lid.  Remember, if you are using the bottom or top of a barrel for the top of your basket, do the same exact thing as you would with a trash can lid.  To add the plywood on, drill out 6 holes which will be for the bolts.  Make sure the holes are in a kind of circular shape, as though you were drilling them around a circle in the middle of the plywood.  Space them out.  This will be for when you attach the chain to the lid.  Next, add the T-nuts and screw in the eye bolts.  Secure them with the nylon locking nuts and washers.
  3. Now it is time to add the chains.  You will need to attach the outer chains and the inner chains.  It is recommended to have each chain be about 5 inches apart on the outer chain.  To attach the chain onto the outer section, drill holes 5 inches apart around the entire trashcan lid.  Then attach the quick links to it.  Make sure you keep the quick links open.  Once you have this done, you are ready to attach the chain.
  4. Before you attach the chain, you will need to attach the basket to the post.  To do this, slide a rubber PVC coupling down to about 4 inches from where you want the base of the basket to sit.  Then slip the closet flange down to the rubber coupling, and screw it down.  Screw the base of the basket (the metal barrel part) to the flange.
  5. Attach to the top of the steel pole two L brackets.  Screw the lid onto the L brackets.  This is what will hold up the basket.
  6. Begin cutting the chains.  Attach each chain to the top of the lid, both on the outer clips and inner bolts.  Then, attach the bottom part of the chain to a hose clamp.
  7. Now it is time to install your disc golf baskets into the ground.  Use a post hole digger to dig the hole, and pour some cement into the ground.  If you are wanting something more portable, you could use an umbrella base.

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Lawn Chair Golf Basket

Does building a professional disc golf basket sound difficult to you?  Why not go simple?  As you can see, you can make a DIY disc golf basket out of almost anything, including lawn chairs.  To make, use a steel post and install it into the ground.  You could also use a umbrella base if you are wanting a portable disc golf basket.  Then, attach the lawn chair to the pole.  For more stability, you may want to lean it against the fence.  

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Box Golf Basket

This is a very simple disc golf basket design.  It is not exactly like a professional disc golf basket, but it is something to aim at.  It is more of a target disc golf.  Simply stick a shovel in the ground, place an amazon box on it (any box will do), and start throwing a Frisbee at it.

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Where to Put a Disk Golf Course

You will want to space out your disc golf baskets, so that you have quite a distance to throw the Frisbee.  Also, a disc golf course may be hard to make if you have a small amount of land.  Before building, consider if you have enough room to make a disc golf basket.  If you have a small yard, try to use all the space you have.  You may want to go around corners and into the front yard. The average disc golf course has 9 holes.  However, you can have all the way up to 18 disc golf holes if you wanted to.

How to Play

It is important that you know the rules and instructions to play disc golf, also called Frisbee golf and frolf.  So, here is how it goes:

  1. If you are playing disc golf with somebody else, make sure you never throw the disc until the other player is done throwing his or her disc.  Never be a distraction to the other player.
  2. Each hole starts with a tee-off, and is followed by multiple throws until the player gets the disc into the basket.  Follow the entire golf course, starting at the beginning to the end.
  3. Each throw and penalty must be counted into the score.  The player that has the least throws (smaller score number) wins.  If you are playing it alone, you can compete with yourself by trying to get a better score each time.  Remember that no matter how many throws it takes, you have to get it into the basket.
  4. Try to avoid water if possible.  If your disc gets thrown into the water, it could sink.  If your disc does land in a mud puddle or standing water on the course, you can move to a dryer area no closer to the hole without getting a penalty.

Final Thoughts

I hope that this article has inspired you to create your own disc golf basket.  There are many creative ideas.  Some people have made a disc golf basket that looks similar to a professional disc golf basket, while others have made baskets out of boxes and lawn chairs.  Whichever disc golf basket design you choose to use, you will find that it is much more fun to walk into your backyard to play rather than to drive to a disc golf course.  In this article I also went over where to put your disc golf baskets.  You want to make sure that you space out the baskets, just like they are at a park.  Do not put them too close together.  Also, it is okay if you have to make your disc golf course have turns.  If you don't have too much space in your yard, you may find that you need to use both your front yard and your backyard in order for you to have enough room to play.  It is recommended to have at least 9 holes.  And lastly, in this article I went over some basic rules so that you can get the most out of the game.  So go get making your DIY disc golf basket.  Your work will soon be rewarded with hours of fun.

Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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