In this semester, I happened to have a class with a professor who talks about the sport of mini golf very passionately, and happened to mention about a mini golf pro-circuit that he has played for many years. That information triggered my curiosity to learn more about this game. I have played mini-golf a few times when I was a kid, but rock climbing and go-karting had the adrenaline factor that tempted me more.
Mini golf has its beginnings in the 1800’s and continues today with exotic obstacle golf courses. Miniature golf, also known as minigolf, or putt-putt, focus’s only on the putting aspect of its parent game.
Did you know the first mini golf course was built for women?
- The first ever mini golf course was build in 1867, in St. Andrews, Scotland at the Ladies’ Putting Club. This course was built for women since it was, at that time, considered inappropriate for ladies to take a full swing at the golf ball. Many have a misconception that GOLF is an abbreviation for Gentleman Only Ladies Forbidden
- In the early 1900s, mini golf was referred to as “Garden Golf” and was played on real grass. Later, bumpers, or rails, were installed to provide boundaries for the golf holes.
- The first documented mini golf competitions were held in 1930 in the United States at Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There were over 200 participants from 30 states.
- Some indoor mini golf courses have glow-in-the-dark mini golf! Indoor mini golf is popular in northern climates such as Finland and Canada. Indoor mini golf can be played year-around in a climate-controlled environment. It also allows more elaborate obstacles that don’t have to withstand brutal northern weather such as snow or ice.
- Indoor mini golf courses have their own mini golf supplies – colored golf balls, putters, score cards, pencils and novelty golf balls.
- The sport of miniature golf is governed internationally by the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF), headquartered in Goteborg, Sweden.
- The most prestigious MOS ( minigolf open system) competitions in the world are the US Masters, US Open, British Open, Kent Open, World Crazy Golf Championships and the World Adventure golf Masters. Mini golf is in its third century and is going strong, with the highest award in the US being 5000$
- The 18th hole typically includes a special hole that “captures” the golf ball, preventing the paying customer from playing more rounds of golf without purchasing another round.
- Minigolf requires great mental concentration patience, hand eye coordination, memory and even math skills.The best part of the sport is that anybody from kids to elders can play and enjoy this sport.
I happened to share this facts in one of my class, and we had a very interesting discussion, about why are the competitions and awards addressed as US Open, without mentioning the name of the actual sport along with it?
Here’s what i found, the term U.S. Open or US Open is applied to “open” United States-hosted championships in a particular sport, in which anyone, amateur or professional, American or non-American, and, male or female, may compete.