Enjoy Mini Golf? Here Are 8 Fun Facts…

The trendy sport of mini golf has interesting origins, with several fun facts for you to discover. At Golfland, each of our theme parks features at least one beautiful, putt-putt course that draws players into a land of excitement and adventure. With several other attractions and delicious meal options, our parks are ideal for a fantastic outing with your loved ones, coworkers or social group.

Top 8 Interesting Facts about Mini Golf

Mini golf is a globally recognized, competitive sport, played professionally by many enthusiastic golfers. Its official governing body, the World Mini Golf Sport Federation (WMF) has over 40,000 registered players, representing over three dozen countries.

Here’s more about the fun sport of mini golf:

  1. Miniature golf is one game with many names. Mini golf, crazy golf, putt-putt, goofy golf, shorties, midget golf and mini putt are just a few examples of its numerous nicknames.
  2. The oldest known mini golf course in the world, the Ladies’ Putting Club of St. Andrews, is in Scotland. It sits right next to the legendary St. Andrews Golf Course, a regular site of the British Open.
  3. There were no custom created themes or fancy, automated barriers in the initial years of mini golf. Instead, early courses featured pipes, barrels, rain gutters and old tires as fun obstacles to challenge a golfer’s skill.
  4. The first recognizable miniature golf course in the U.S. opened in 1916 at Pinehurst, California. Called Thistle Dhu, and pronounced as ‘this’ll do’, the name was a play on words, indicating that this will do in place of a full-sized golf course!
  5. Miniature golf gained such immense popularity in the US, that by the late 1920s, there were around 150 mini golf courses in New York City alone. Many of these were on the rooftops of the city’s iconic, high-rise buildings. Most of them closed after the Great Depression.
  6. WMF recognizes four types of mini golf tournaments, Miniature Golf, Felt Golf, Concrete Golf and Mini Golf Open Standards (MOS).
  7. The idea of glow-in-the-dark miniature golf courses began in Scandinavian countries such as Finland. Since these northern countries experience months of short days and long nights the glow-ball and glow-courses allow them to enjoy the game all year round and outdoors.
  8. The sport has even earned a special day dedicated to its name. Worldwide, people celebrate September 21st as Miniature Golf Day. It’s the perfect opportunity to plan a mini golf outing with family and friends!

Battle it Out for Top Scores at a Golfland Mini Golf Course Near You

Golfland’s mini golf courses are the perfect backdrop for an exciting outing with your family, friends, colleagues or a special someone. Since 1953, our theme parks and water parks have offered wholesome, family-friendly entertainment across California and into Arizona. Large groups should enquire about our convenient event planning and catering services.

Ready for an adventurous putt-putt battle with your besties? Click here to find your nearest Golfland mini golf course today.