Peter Miller, Founder and CEO of the Portable Mini Golf Company, spoke with students through Zoom from PrHS and WRS about his business, how he started it when he was 19 and how he juggles being a college student at Champlain College with running a business. Peter constructs all of his portable mini golf holes and uses geometry in the design and build phases. Here is a link to his website. Here is an excerpt from his About page:
The Portable Mini Golf Company was founded in 2020 by 19 year old Peter Miller. The company, originally named “Mini Golf on the Go” started when a good friend of Peters asked for help converting a van into a portable house. Peter, with the little knowledge of carpentry he had agreed to help him build out the van. After a few hours of helping his friend, Peter realized that he had a passion for building and working with wood. Over the next week Peter helped his friend everyday with building out the van. Peter went from never using a drill before to finding his hidden passion for woodworking and carpentry. After the van was done, Peter decided to make one of his own projects. He started building a putting green that was 8 ft long by 2 ft wide. The perfect size for a small hole to fit in someone’s backyard. His entrepreneurial mind started turning and he came up with the idea to build a 9 hole mini golf course and rent it out to parties and events. Wasting no time at all, Peter started building. After 2 weeks the course was done. He stored the course in his parents garage and started the process of making this unique idea a business. The Portable Mini Golf Company is now operating in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.
The next step is the students in both classes will be designing and building prototypes for their own miniature golf holes.