Disc golf is a popular outdoor recreational sport similar to golf, except played with a disc (frisbee) and pole hole instead of a ball and hole. Like in golf, the objective is to achieve the lowest cumulative score over a series of shots. Instead of putting a metal pole hole on an athletic field, players create a disc golf basket by using logs, trees, structures, baskets, or other objects as the target. Like the ones used in regular golf, there are various types of disc golf baskets – each with their own specific design, shape, and difficulty. Let’s learn how to make a disc golf basket in your home.
How to Make a Disc Golf Basket
- How to Make a Disc Golf Basket
- Quick Overview of How to Make a Disc Golf Basket
- Materials Needed Make a Disc Golf Basket
- Tools Needed Make a Disc Golf Basket
- How to make a disc golf basket: Easy Steps
- Prepare the log for the pole hole
- Add the weight
- Insert copper wire
- Connect ends of copper wire together
- Secure weight inside pole hole
- Wrap wire completely around log three times
- How to make a disc golf basket pole hole
- How to make chain guards for disc golf
- Fold each strip in half lengthwise
- Measure and mark locations
- Drill quarter-inch holes at marked locations
- Cut a hole at the center
- How to make a flag pole for disc golf
- How to make a bucket seat for disc golf
- How to make a disc golf basket out of PVC
- How to make a disc golf basket out of pallet wood
- How to make a disc golf target
- What to know before you start building a disc golf basket
- Disc Golf Basket Installation
- Final Thoughts
Quick Overview of How to Make a Disc Golf Basket
In disc golf, players throw discs at a target, which is often a metal basket with a chain net attached. To make a disc golf basket of your own, you’ll need a few basic materials: a piece of PVC pipe, some nuts and bolts, a bit of chain link fencing and some wire mesh. Begin by cutting the pipe into 8 equal pieces to be used as the frame for the basket. Next, use nuts and bolts to assemble the frame in an octagonal shape. Add the chain link fence around the frame for additional strength and attach the wire mesh to the top. Finally, use several small bolts and washers to attach the chain net to the basket frame and you now have your very own disc golf basket!
Materials Needed Make a Disc Golf Basket
- Large tree stump or log
- 15-20 pound concrete weight (see tip below)
- 4 x 4 wooden post
- 16-18 gauge electrical copper wire (see tip below)
- 16-gauge stainless steel wire (optional)
- Twin-head nail set
- Fine sand
- Top-quality golf discs
Tools Needed Make a Disc Golf Basket
- Socket set
- Wire cutters
How to make a disc golf basket: Easy Steps
In this DIY guide, you’ll learn How to Make a Disc Golf Basket for a beginner disc golfer. Disc golf is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports around, and if you’re looking to join in on the fun, one of the best ways to do so is by building your own disc golf basket! Building your own basket can be an intimidating task, but with the right materials and a few simple steps, you can have your own disc golf basket in no time. Read on to learn more!
Prepare the log for the pole hole
Find a sturdy log that’s about 10 feet (3 meters) long. Stump logs are ideal as they have been reduced down to just above the ground. You can also use fallen trees.
Using the hammer and nail set, create holes at each of the three pole hole rings (see below) along the length of the log. Make sure to leave enough space in between each hole for the weight to fit inside.
Using the drill, create holes at each of the nail holes to allow the wire to pass through. Ensure that the holes are big enough to allow the wire to pass through smoothly.
Add the weight
The weight needs to be heavy enough to make the disc fly straight down into the ground. For this reason, steel weights are not recommended because they may create holes in the course.
You can use a 15-20 pound concrete weight (remember to cover it with material to prevent it from breaking or cracking) or a large piece of river rock. Make sure that the weight covers all three wire holes.
Insert copper wire
Using the wire, thread through the three wire holes. Make sure that the ends of the wire are long enough to attach together after you’ve threaded all three holes.
Connect ends of copper wire together
Using a bolt or a screw, connect the ends of the copper wire together. Make sure the ends are touching. This will create a complete circle, which is necessary for the disc to catch in the pole hole.
Secure weight inside pole hole
Using concrete glue, secure the weight inside the pole hole holes in the log. Make sure to cover the weight completely with glue. Allow glue to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
Wrap wire completely around log three times
Using the wire, wrap the entire log three times. Make sure that the wire is tight and secure. Secure ends together like you did with the weight. Your rope should be as wide as the weight.
How to make a disc golf basket pole hole
You will need to make four pole holes in the log for the game of disc golf. Make each hole approximately 10 to 12 inches in diameter. You can use a saw to cut the holes or a drill and a bit to make them.
Drill quarter-inch holes spaced four inches apart in a circle with a center at 12 inches from the bottom of the pole hole log.
Using a saw, cut between each quarter-inch hole to complete the 10 to 12 inch diameter pole hole.
How to make chain guards for disc golf
Using a saw, cut three-inch wide strips out of the sheet metal. You will need to make two chain guards for each pole hole.
Fold each strip in half lengthwise
Using a metal saw, cut three-inch wide strips out of the metal sheet. Then fold each strip in half lengthwise. The length of the chain guard should be equal to the length of the pole hole.
Measure and mark locations
Measure and mark four quarter-inch holes along the bottom edge of the chain guard. Make sure the holes are equal distance from each other.
Drill quarter-inch holes at marked locations
Using a drill, make a hole at each marked location. Ensure that the holes are equal in size and shape.
Cut a hole at the center
Using a saw, cut a one-inch diameter hole at the top edge of the chain guard length. This hole will allow the rope to pass through the guard.
How to make a flag pole for disc golf
You will need to make a flag pole for the game of disc golf. Make the pole out of a piece of wood about 3-4 inches in diameter and about 4 feet long.
Measure and mark 12-inch length
Using a pencil, mark a 12-inch length on each end of the log. This will be the length of the pole hole where the disc will rest.
Using a saw, cut between the marked lengths
Using a saw, cut between the marked lengths on each end of the log. Ensure that both cuts are of equal length.
How to make a bucket seat for disc golf
You can make a bucket seat for a golf cart by stapling canvas to a wooden plank. Make sure the canvas is stretched equally on all sides of the wooden plank.
Staple a piece of canvas to a wooden plank
Using galvanized nails, staple a piece of canvas to a 3/4-inch wooden plank. Ensure that the canvas is stretched equally on all sides of the plank.
Cover remaining surface of plank with duck tape
Cover the remaining surface of the plank with duck tape. The dimension of the duck tape should be equal to that of the canvas.
Cover duck tape with cushion foam
Using glue, cover the duck tape with cushion foam. Make sure that the foam has an even thickness all over the tape.
Attach seat to golf cart
Once the glue has set, attach the seat to your golf cart. Make sure it is in a position where you can easily stand and throw a disc.
That’s it! You are now ready to start playing the great sport of disc golf! If you need extra discs, you can make them too! Just use old Frisbee’s! Have fun and happy throwing!
Also Read: Best Disc Golf Putters for Beginners
How to make a disc golf basket out of PVC
To make a disc golf basket out of PVC, you will need the following materials:
- PVC pipe
- End caps
- Bolts and nuts
- Washers, and electrical tape.
Start by cutting the PVC pipe into four equal lengths and attach the connectors to the ends. Then, attach the end caps to the open ends of the pipe. Secure the bolts and nuts to the connectors and end caps to hold the basket together.
Finally, wrap the electrical tape around the connections to make sure they are secure. You can then paint the basket any color you would like and add any additional decorations to make it your own. With some patience and creativity, you can make a disc golf basket out of PVC that is both stylish and functional.
How to make a disc golf basket out of pallet wood
Another option for building a disc golf basket is using pallet wood. Although any type of wood will work, the most common types used for making disc golf baskets are pine or fir. To build a disc golf basket using pallet wood, you will need:
- 4 wooden slats with equal lengths and widths
You will also need the following materials:
- Wood glue
- 4 metal corner brackets
- 2-inch screws
Begin by gluing the corner brackets to the middle of each post. Make sure they are aligned and evenly spaced from each other. Use the 2-inch screws to secure them in place. Then, cut the remaining wooden slats into 36-inch and 30-inch pieces. Set the 36-inch pieces between the end of the corner brackets and secure them with wood glue.
Make two complete sets for a 72-inch basket. Once dry, you can start throwing discs into your new custom disc golf basket! You can also paint the wood any color you like once your structure has been assembled. Make it your own with unique paint patterns and decorations to show your personal style.
Tip: Make sure the posts of your disc golf basket are at head height for a challenging but safe play!
How to make a disc golf target
The target can be made out of many different materials, but wood works great. Start by measuring and cutting a piece of 1-inch by 3-inch lumber into a size that will fit between the posts of your disc golf basket. Secure the piece to the posts using wood screws or nails. If you are struggling to find the right size, you can make your own by ripping lumber down to different sizes. For example, you can rip a 1-inch by 6-inch piece into a 3-inch, 12-inch, and 24-inch target. This will allow you to make targets that are any size you need for different distances.
You can also add chains to your target for added stability. This will also help to keep your target standing even through rigorous use. To add chains, hook a chain hook through each hole of your target. Then, hook the other end of the chain hook through a chain. Hook the chain ends together to secure the chain to your target.
What to know before you start building a disc golf basket
Although you can buy a ready-made disc golf basket, building one yourself is a great project for the handy man (or woman). But before you get started, there are a few things you should know.
The basket should be about 10 feet high. However, some players prefer a higher basket (between 12 and 15 feet). If you’re a shorter player, a higher basket may be more challenging and create a more challenging but rewarding experience.
Don’t worry if you don’t have the height for a 12-foot basket. You can achieve a similar effect by stacking blocks or boxes underneath the pole to raise it.
The hole should be about 4 feet wide. This allows for varying throwing styles and ensures that the disc will stay in the basket.
You can add obstacles, such as trees, to create more of a challenge. Throwing around obstacles tests different skills and can make for a more entertaining experience.
A new disc golf basket will cost you about $200-$400. However, you can find used ones for much cheaper. Remember to add the cost of pole, rope, stakes, and other materials when figuring out the total.
Disc Golf Basket Installation
Disc golf basket installation can be a tricky process, but with the right tools and some patience, it can be done. First, you’ll need to measure out the area to ensure the basket will be placed in the correct place. Then, using concrete anchors and lag bolts, secure the pole in the ground. Next, attach the chains to the top of the pole and make sure they are even on all sides. Finally, connect the basket to the pole and make sure all parts are securely fastened. After everything is in place, fill any gaps with dirt or gravel and pack it down. With a few more steps and a little bit of elbow grease, you’ll be ready to enjoy a game of disc golf!