Miniature Golf Day is celebrated every year on September 21. Many people confuse this holiday with National Miniature Golf Day, which is celebrated every second Saturday in May. Mini-golf appeared in the 19th century in Scotland, as the female version of the game. The fact is that earlier, women were forbidden to raise the club above their heads, so they could not play ordinary golf. Today, mini-golf is played by men, women, and even children.
The origin of mini-golf is not known for certain, but it is believed it is associated with the development of feminist movements. In Victorian Scotland, women weren’t allowed to play regular golf. Some got angry, and the St. Andrews Women’s Putting Club came up with a game that every woman could play without fear. In America, mini-golf appeared only in the second half of the 19th century, since then its popularity has been growing rapidly.
- Initially, mini-golf was available only at luxury hotels and closed, private resorts.
- The first course for this game appeared only in 1916 and was opened by James Barber.
- The classic mini-golf course is shorter than the standard one and has many obstacles.
- Originally, golf balls were made of hardwoods.
- Golf is a great calorie burner.
How to take part
Play mini-golf with your friends. There is probably a course near your house. If history is your thing, check out the Florida Historic Golf Trail, opened by Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee in 2019. The trail consists of six courses that are over 50 years old. Organize a party for friends with a game of mini-golf, and other entertainment, treats, and drinks.
When is Miniature Golf Day in 2023?
Miniature Golf Day is observed on September 21 each year.