Playing The Miniature Golf
Among the many forms of golfing, miniature golf or mini golf
has started to become a popular past time among busy professionals
and family alike who are either popular fanatics of the game or
prefer to take on a regular gaming activity in the comfort of their
Mini Golf History
Perhaps, miniature golf was created due to the increasing demands
of golf courses that do not occupy a significant land area but still
able to provide all the amenities expected of the more conventional
This midget type of golfing became surprisingly popular before World
War 1 in 1910 and the early 1920's. It was originally termed as
Garden Golf due to the usual scenery characteristic of a golf landscape.
Mini Golf Contributors
Thomas McCulloch Fairbairn was the first to completely initiate
change in the way mini golf courses were designed and played. He
takes on a new role in introducing anatomical changes to the then
current details of midget golf courses.
He was to contribute to the dramatic advancement of mini golf landscape
by replacing the usual objects typical of conventional golf courses,
to artificial greens and physical hazards.
A mixture of color dyes, cottonseed hulls, tree landscaping, and
the creation of artificial bunkers, curves and rolls and water hazards
(miniature lakes) have successfully replicated the more traditional
golf sport into a geographically manageable level.
The late 1930's further revolutionized the production of golf
courses when Joe Taylor and Bob Taylor added new features to the
then mini golf architecture.
They put up more obstacles that serves to make mini golfing a more
fun game to play. Wells, castles and windmills were installed along
with other physical deterrents.
With their increasing efforts to create a more ideal midget golf
course, a number of industries catering to the production of these
merchandises created the first National Association of Putting Course
Operators, Manufacturers and Suppliers in 1961 in association with
Arnold Palmer and Don Clayton.
Al Lomma together with Ralph Lomma, his brother, of Lomma Enterprises,
Inc. in 1955 introduced a more robust feature and broke away from
the more conventional straight putting.
Current Developments In Mini Golf
Mini golf tournaments are now being aired on television especially
pn ESPN suggesting the game s thriving economic status.
More and more people are beginning to appreicate the value of mini
golf courses and statistics show that more than 45% among the players
of this popular game are families or groups of friends.
With this renewed and thriving interest in mini golf games, the
US ProMiniGolf Association, the officially recognized affiliate
organizations in the World Minigolf Sports Federation was instituted
to take over initiatives related to the game.
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