World Mini Golf Day is celebrated on September 21 every year. Mini golf is similar to golf; however, it focuses on the putting part of golf. In mini-golf, the aim is to score the lowest points. Mini golf usually has nine holes, and the putting distance is shorter than golf. This version of golf is a fan favorite and makes for a great social activity. So get your golf clubs ready for this fantastic celebration!
History of World Mini Golf Day
According to historians, the earliest origins of mini golf can be traced back to the Romans. The Romans played a game called “Paganica,” in which participants used a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball, which is believed to have evolved into the sport of golf. However, the first-ever written record of golf comes from 15th-century Scotland. King James II banned golf as a distraction to the sport of archery, but this ban was soon lifted by King James IV when he emerged as a golfer himself. The earliest rules of golf can be dated back to March 1744, when they were compiled for the Company of Gentlemen Golfers. The sport then saw a steady increase in popularity and spread across the globe, gaining its status today.
Mini golf courses with geometrical shapes built of artificial materials first appeared in the early 20th century. Then, in 1922, golf enthusiast Thomas McCullough Fairbairn invented a suitable synthetic green. Miniature golf became widely available due to this discovery. By the late 1920s, there were over 150 rooftop courses in New York City alone, with tens of thousands more across the United States. Inspired by this, Fr. Schröder built one of the first documented minigolf courses in mainland Europe in 1926.
Today, numerous types of mini-golf courses exist, with various characteristics. These courses can have something for everyone from informal to formal, fun to serious, and short to long. There are even national and world championships held for mini-golf!
World Mini Golf Day timeline
Paganica spreads through Europe as the Romans conquer it.
Golf gains popularity in Scotland and solidifies itself as a sport.
The first-ever mass-produced mini-golf course, “Thistle Dhu,” is sold.
The first-ever mini-golf tournament is played in the U.S.
World Mini Golf Day FAQs
What is mini-golf called in America?
Mini golf has many different names. However, mini Golf and Putt-Putt are the most commonly used in America.
What does the word ‘putt’ mean?
‘Putt’ means to hit a golf ball with a club softly.
Which is the longest mini-golf course?
The Shipwreck Golf course holds the record for being the longest mini-golf course globally.
World Mini Golf Day Activities
Play mini golf
This one is a no-brainer. If you have a mini-golf course near you, grab a buddy and make a day out of it. This way, you can try the game out for yourself!
Learn about mini golf
The game can have many different variations in terms of its courses and methods of playing. So take some time on this day to learn more about it.
Watch mini golf
There is an innumerable amount of competitions and championships structured around mini golf. Use your time on this day to watch one of these games, either live or online.
5 Fun Facts About Mini Golf
Play it on top of the world
There are many great mini-golf courses built on top of high-rise buildings.
It can glow in the dark
Another fun version of this game includes glow-in-the-dark-themed courses.
There is a governing body
The World Minigolf Sport Federation (W.M.F.) oversees matters of the sport.
Game of many names
Popularly known as mini golf, this game has many other nicknames, such as mini-putt or putt-putt.
It started from scrap
Before courses got fancy, tires and barrels were used as hindering objects in the game.
Why We Love World Mini Golf Day
It has cognitive benefits
Mini golf increases hand-eye coordination in individuals and even helps in improving motor skills. These results were found in both children and adults.
It is a great physical activity
Mini golf is comparable to an hour-long brisk walk and can help burn up to 300 calories per session. Therefore, it can be considered a form of cardio exercise.
It is for everyone
While there is scope for intensive training and a serious career in the sport, it is also something that everyone can play. The rules are relatively simple, and basic training can enable people to enjoy mini-golf.
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