No Badminton Net? No Worries — Just Play Badminton Golf

Posted on: 26 July 2016

A pair of badminton rackets, some birdies and a net can have give you and a friend hours of enjoyment during the summer, but you don't necessarily settle for another type of activity if you don't have a net. Even without a net, you and your playing partner can hit the birdie back and forth and count the number of times you can rally before the birdie lands on the ground. When you're ready to switch up your game, consider setting up a game of badminton golf. This simple activity uses minimal equipment and can provide a significant amount of fun. Here's how to proceed.

What You'll Need

In addition to your badminton rackets, you'll also need a birdie for each person who is playing. The other key thing you'll need is a five-gallon pail, although a receptacle of a similar size can also be suitable. Finally, you'll need a large area of space in which to play. The average backyard won't be big enough, so think about visiting a local park, the yard behind a school (when school isn't on) or another area of a similar size.

Setting Up The Game

Badminton golf uses a similar premise to real golf in that you begin in a designated area and move toward the "hole." In this case, however, the pail serves as the hole. Place the pail in a specific area in the park or other open space and then choose a designated start area a considerable distance away — for example 50 yards, although you're certainly free to move even farther away or begin closer to the pail.

Playing The Game

Have each player stand in the designated area and hit his or her birdie as far as possible toward the pail. Once each player has played, everyone should move toward his birdie and take turns hitting. The goal is for each player to hit his or her birdie into the pail to complete the hole. The person who uses the fewest number of hits wins the hole. You can then set the pail up in a different area to play again, or "tee off" from a new starting point.

Increasing The Challenge

If you want to make any given hole more challenging, there are numerous ways to accomplish this goal. One is to set the hole where you can't see it from the starting point, such as on the other side of a building or behind some trees. Another is to put the pail atop a hill; this will make reaching it more challenging. Just like real golf, various obstacles of this nature can add challenge and intrigue to the hole.