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P.O. Box 280915, East Hartford, CT 06128
(860) 290-8552

Mini Golf Courses

Frequently Asked Questions

Mini Golf FAQ's

Go Kart
FAQ's

Bumper Boats FAQ's

How long does it take to build a typical mini golf course?

Construction usually takes 6 – 12 weeks to complete, depending on the complexity of theming and site work. Upon completion, you will be ready to open for business immediately.

How much land do I need?

Typically, an 18 hole course requires ½ to ¾ acres of land, although we have built courses on as little as ¼ acre. Additional land may be required for more elaborate courses, parking lot, clubhouse, etc.

When can I start construction?

Once a site has been chosen, we will work with you to establish a budget based on your demographics. Once a budget is established, we will develop a layout and design of the project. Once the layout and design is accepted, a deposit is required to schedule a construction date. A deposit of 10% of the budgeted project cost is required, with weekly draws and final payment upon completion.

What areas of the country do you cover?

Although our headquarters is in Connecticut, we build miniature golf courses and other family entertainment centers from coast to coast; from Seattle to Florida to Arizona to Maine. We have crews available in any location in the continental US.

How much will a typical miniature golf course cost?

MGC Developers provides turnkey construction. Construction for a typical miniature golf course includes 18 miniature golf holes, practice putting green, sidewalks, lighting, multi-levels, rockwork, waterfalls, ponds and streams, and start at about $238,700. Depending on the theme, layout of the land, and other construction issues, the costs can increase. Theming and rockwork are most likely the two biggest factors of budget increases. Theming can include such ideas as mining, South Sea Pacific with erupting volcanoes, nautical, jungle themes and the like. Theming can also include extensive rockwork and waterfalls. Issues regarding layout of the land range from soil composition and drainage to elevation and required fill material. Other construction issues can include accessibility to the site and local zoning requirements.

What can I expect when my course is complete?

MGC Developers has been in business for over 16 years and has built an excellent reputation based on our high standards of quality workmanship and customer service. We stand by our work and guarantee all work and materials. As an operator of our own facilities, we know what it is like to maintain and manage a top notch facility.

How do I get started?

MGC Developers will assist you in all facets of development from choosing the right site to designing the right course for the local area. If financing is needed, MGC Developers can assist you with preparing your business plan. We will work with you to obtain local zoning and other permits as well as to coordinate all aspects of construction.

How profitable is miniature golf?

With virtually no inventory and low maintenance costs, even courses in northern climates can produce a complete return of capital investment in the first year, depending on the percentage of course capacity that is utilized.

How long have you been building Family Entertainment Centers?

MGC Developers has been involved in the industry since 1989 and has built an excellent reputation based on our high standards, quality of workmanship, and customer service

We stand by all our courses and guarantee all work and materials.
As an operator of our own facilities, we know what it takes
to manage and maintain a top notch family entertainment center.

Mini Golf
FAQ's

Go Kart FAQ's

Bumper Boats FAQ's

What are the standard costs to build a typical go-kart track?

To build a 1,000 linear foot track with a covered shade structure, lighting, and a pit area, construction costs would start at about $229,995.

What other costs are involved with a go-kart track?

The costs for typical Go-Kart Package of 18 cars would be approximately $73,000. Other costs to consider when developing a site are parking area and building(s) for concession stands and restrooms.

How long should a Go-Kart track be?

The recommended length is 800 – 1,200 linear feet. The most popular track length is 1,000 linear feet, this allows for more exciting rides with more turns. The number of karts that you run is related directly to the length of track with one kart per forty feet of track as the current rule of thumb.

How much land is needed for a typical go-kart track?

Land necessary for a 1,000 lf track is approximately 1 acre (45,000 sq ft.)

What type of revenues can be expected??

Estimates for revenue are based on the number of hours of operation and the number of tickets sold (riders) per hour. These factors can vary based on geographic location as well as local demographics. If a ride takes 10 minutes (6 to ride, 4 to load/unload), the optimal number of tickets sold (riders) per hour is 6 per car. Based on the ticket price of $5 for illustration purposes, and number of cars, revenue of $600/hour for 20 cars would be the optimal revenue at 100% capacity.

Where do I get the design for the track?

We have many designs that you can choose from. We can build to suit your specifications.

What type of rail system do you recommend?

The best rail system that we recommend uses a 5/8” thick hot rolled flat steel bar in a 5”or 6” width and 20 ft. long. This flat bar is bolted to old passenger car tires so the center of the rail lines up with the center of your kart’s bumper rails.

Why old tires?

Tires are the most effective shock absorber available and the most cost effective. Although plastic pipe rail systems may “look” better, they offer very little in the way of energy absorbtion. A properly designed tire rail system can provide 14 – 18 inches of movement to help dissipate the energy involved. We also never put the tires tightly against each other because this will not allow room for the tires to flex and move during impact. The tires will actually act as one solid unit, not allowing the rail system to move.

Do you recommend asphalt or concrete surfaces?

Although asphalt may seem to be the best choice, years have shown us that concrete actually lasts longer, will not break up in the turns and is white instead of black – making it about 40 degrees cooler in the sun. The extra heat and rough surface of asphalt can wear out a set of tires in 2 weeks during the peak season. Asphalt also must be sealed to protect it from damage by gasoline and oil. Concrete tracks should be finished as smoothly as possible with as few cold joints as possible and no fiber expansion joints.

How do I get started?

MGC Developers will assist you in all facets of development from choosing the right site to designing the right course for the local area. If financing is needed, MGC Developers can assist you with preparing your business plan. We will work with you to obtain local zoning and other permits as well as to coordinate all aspects of construction.

Am I too far away for you to travel?

Although our headquarters is in Connecticut, we build Go Kart tracks from coast to coast; from Seattle to Florida to Arizona to Maine. We have crews available in any location in the continental US.

Mini Golf
FAQ's

Go Kart FAQ's

Batting Cage
FAQ's

Bumper Boats FAQ's

What are the standard costs for a batting cage?

The estimated costs range from $121,000 for a 4-stall cage to $205,000 for a 9-stall cage.

What other costs are involved?

Other costs include a sump pump pit, if required, and electrical wiring.

How much land is needed?

Land needed for a typical 5-stall cage is 5,400 sf or .13 acres. A 9-stall cage is about 17,230 sf or .41 acres.

Do you have designs available?

Yes, we have designs for various sized cages from 4-stall to 9- stall. We can work with you to find the right design for you.

Am I too far away for you to travel?

Although our headquarters is in Connecticut, we build batting cages and driving ranges from coast to coast; from Seattle to Florida to Arizona to Maine. We have crews available in any location in the continental US.

How long to build?

Typical cages take from 4 – 6 weeks to complete.

Mini Golf
FAQ's

Go Kart FAQ's

Bumper Boats FAQ's

How large should the pond be?

Typically, bumper boat ponds range from 2,400-sq. ft. (223 Sq. meters) to 8,000-sq. ft. (743 sq. meters). The rule of thumb is 250-sq. ft. (23 sq. meters) per boat.

What shape should I use?

The shapes are as varied as the imagination but avoid long and narrow ponds or dead end inlets. Islands can be a nice touch but beware of “pockets” where boats can be “trapped” or it is difficult to get young riders to negotiate around when the ride is over. Fountains and waterfalls add to the attraction but here again, there are things to avoid. Gas powered bumper boats can be “drowned” out by too much water spray. This causes difficult retrieval problems and high maintenance. You should avoid direct spray from fountains or waterfalls on gas powered boats.

What should I use for construction?

Ponds are usually done using one of three basic construction techniques. The wood frame and deck with a vinyl liner is the least expensive, can be done above or below ground and is simple to do. Well-done pond liner type bumper boat ponds have been operating for years with only normal maintenance. Liner type ponds are also used in “portable” set-ups for traveling shows.

Fiberglass wall ponds are a recent favorite. These utilize a concrete “floor” and fiberglass panel side walls that are interlocking and have “pouches” on the back side that are poured full of mixed concrete. These panels can curve and be used in many shapes and have a smooth easy to clean surface for the sidewall.

Gunite style ponds or concrete walls treated with epoxy coatings are the most popular. Whichever type is used, make certain the sidewall of the pond at water level (3 feet / 914 mm) to the dock height (4 feet / 1219 mm) is very smooth to avoid damage to the bumper boat tubes.

What is the standard construction cost?

The cost of construction is about $24/sf for a 3,600 to 5,000 sf pond. The cost of the equipment varies depending on what type of boats you chose to use.

What about filtration?

Any design for gas powered bumper boats should include twice the number of skimmers and double the filtration capacity of a normal swimming pool. Sand filters are used in a redundant configuration to provide the best method of dealing with the oil residue that is inherent with gasoline powered boats. Enzyme compounds such as “Descum” are used to break down the oil and alleviate some of the problem. Electric bumper boats can be operated with normal “swimming pool” filtration systems.

Gas or electric power?

Gas powered boats are by far the most prevalent because they were the first and small trolling motors adapt easily to the application. Gas boats are simple and easy to deal with in terms of service and warranty worldwide. Gas powered boats perform well with a good power to weight ratio. The cons on gas powered boats: Handling of gasoline and oil, maintenance of motors such as frequent oil changes, pull starter ropes - sometimes difficult to start, spark plugs, choke levers, throttle cables and/or levers, etc.

Electric powered boats are heavy (due to 240 lbs. of batteries) and do not perform as well as gas boats – the noticeable difference being in starting from a complete stop. Once underway, the difference is minimal. The list of cons includes dealing with batteries, chargers and wiring connections. On the pro side: no oil mess in the pond water, less filtration and chemicals, no gas and oil to deal with, no starter ropes, spark plugs etc. Overall operational costs are less but initial cost is higher by about $800 per boat. A neat option that is available only to electric boats is squirt pumps.

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