Get yourself down to the (tiny) putting green for National Miniature Golf Day! A great day out for the family, and an excuse to sharpen up your putting skills all in one fun package. Watch out for the windmill turbines!
Learn about National Miniature Golf Day
National Miniature Golf Day provides you with the perfect excuse to get out there and play a game of miniature golf. You can find miniature golf courses all around the world, and so there are bound to be some crazy golf holes in your local area. You don’t need to be a good golfer or even a fan of the sport in order to enjoy miniature golf. That’s why it is so much fun. There are lots of different crazy holes and themes going on, so you will have a lot of laughs and entertainment along the way. If you have never tried miniature golf before, you are seriously missing out. Luckily, though, National Miniature Golf Day gives you the perfect opportunity to do this!
There are lots of interesting facts and snippets of information about miniature golf! Did you know that you can actually get glow-in-the-dark miniature golf courses? Pretty cool, right? These courses first started to crop up in Finland and other Scandinavian countries. Since these northern countries experience months of long nights and short days, glow courses and glow balls gave them the ability to enjoy the game of miniature golf no matter the time of year. Being that the concept is a pretty cool one, it has been embraced by a number of other countries and companies around the world. After all, who doesn’t like doing something in a glow-in-the-dark environment?
While miniature golf may be seen as a little bit of fun for you and I, did you know that there are actually mini golf tournaments that go on around the world? In fact, four types of mini golf tournaments are recognized by the WMF. This includes the Mini Golf Open Standards (MOS), as well as Concrete Golf, Felt Golf, and Miniature Golf.
History of National Miniature Golf Day
In order to understand the history of National Miniature Golf Day, we really need to look into the history of miniature golf itself. This is something that can be traced right back to the 19th century. It was invented originally so that women would be able to play golf. This is because back in Victorian Scotland it was deemed very unladylike for females to raise a golf club above their shoulder level. And, if you can’t raise a gold club above your shoulder level, you can’t play golf! Well, you could, but you would not be very good at it. Imagine how long it would take to get around the course! The good news is that times have changed, however, our love for miniature golf certainly hasn’t.
It was in 1867 that the first smaller version of the game of golf was invented. This was thanks to the Ladies Putting Club at St. Andrews. This was something that was very much a European “secret” for the majority of the 19th century. It was not until the late 19th century that people outside of Europe started to hear about miniature golf and then started to play it themselves. When it was introduced to the United States, it was an immediate hit. It swept all over America after the First World War and it was hugely popular by the 1930s. In fact, the game became so popular in the United States that there ended up being around 150 mini golf courses in New York City alone at this time. A lot of these courses were situated on the rooftops of the high-rise, iconic buildings in the city. However, after the Great Depression, a lot of these mini golf courses had to close down. In terms of the first recognizable golf course in the United States, well this was in California, at Pinehurst. It was called Thistle Dhu, which is to be pronounced as this’ll do. You may have been able to guess that this is a play one words, indicating that the golf course will do in place of one of a full size!
How to celebrate National Miniature Golf Day
It goes without saying that the best way for you to celebrate National Miniature Golf Day is by playing miniature golf. There are lots of great miniature golf courses around the world, so you should have no trouble finding one in your local area. The good thing about playing local golf is that there are no rules regarding the number of players. You can grab your family and friends and enjoy a game together. Alternatively, you could go for a game on your own so you can have a bit of peace and quiet and enjoy the game of miniature golf yourself. It is completely up to you.
You can also spend some time finding out about some of the best Miniature Golf courses around the world. If you do a bit of digging online, you will be surprised to learn about some of the most incredible and spectacular golf courses that are available. We will start off by introducing you to one in New York, which is called Around The World In 18 Holes. The name of this course pretty much gives the theme away. There is a big emphasis on Oriental and European places, as you make your way around the different holes of this 40-year-old golf course. Another one of the most famous and incredible miniature golf courses is based in Thailand. It is called the Dino Park course, and you will find it in Phuket. This golf course features incredible scale replicas of some of the most fearsome dinosaurs of the Jurassic period and the environment that they resided in. from a roaring T rex to a lava cave, the surroundings at this miniature golf course are truly spectacular. The only trouble is that it is hard to concentrate on your game when you are in a setting that is as amazing as this! Other golf courses that we recommend looking into include Treasure Island Adventure Golf, which is in Auckland, New Zealand, and Lexington Ice Centre, which can be found in Kentucky, United States.