Introduction:I have lots of miniature golf memories from my childhood and teen. Years...so I thought this could be a fun topic to list about.
The are conflicting stories on how it started...but has been around since at least 1919. Estimates are that there were as many as 50,000 courses at one time. There are now an estimated 1,600 courses in the United States.
Bet you didn't know that there are approximately 300 professionals...or at least there are about 300 members of the professional putters association. Hmmm...wonder if you can just write a check and become a member?
In the 1950's Don Clayton (who also founded the Professional Putters Association) started Putt Putt courses. These are no the elaborate courses with castles, schoolhouses, and themes. The Putt Putt courses are made up of par 2 holes that can be made in one shot with a little skill.
The Masters National Pro Mini Golf Championship is held each October in North Myrtle Beach, SC. The winner receives a green windbreaker and a cash prize. In 2012 it was won by a 17 year old girl from the Czech Republic!
While tournaments have been played since at least 1955, there was no perfect game recorded until 2011 when professional putter Rich Baird of Charlotte, NC recorded a game with 18 holes in one.
Also noted is that Whispering Pines in Sea Breeze, NY is thought to be the oldest operating miniature golf course. It has been around since 1930. It seems to me that miniature golf course are kind of going the way of the Drive-In movie theater...definitely on the decline. It's good family fun, so get out and support a miniature golf course near you.
I love to mini golf. Not too good at it, but I love the goofy courses with inventive ways to collect the ball!
Played miniature golf quite a bit growing up with my family so I got a kick out of this. Incredible to think how long it took for somebody to finally get a perfect game.
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