What is miniature golf?
We are all familiar with the concept of big golf courses. It’s something that is usually reserved for people with financial means. Besides, regular golf courses occupy acres of land and require a special golf cart to take the player around. Additionally, special shoes and other equipment are necessary to enjoy the game. Whereas mini-golf or putt-putt is a way more democratic and family-oriented type of entertainment. Let’s find out why.
A regular golf course consists of either 9 or 18 holes, each with a teeing ground, hazards, and the putting green surrounded by the fringe with the pin (normally a flagstick) and cup. It occupies a huge plot of land and players don’t usually walk but use a special transport. On the contrary, mini-golf courses can be built on the corner of a strip mall or even in a large back yard at someone’s home. And they can have an unlimited number of holes (usually not more than 18 though).
When a player strikes a mini-golf ball, he can see where it goes and even watch its progress all the way to the landing spot. While when you strike a regular golf ball, prior to reaching the green, it’s difficult to see it until you’ve hiked to find it.
As it was already mentioned, the main characteristics of the regular golf course is natural hazards. Water, rocks, sand traps and fescue are what the player should struggle through to get the ball into the hole. When it comes to putt-putt golf, the player finds such obstacles like slopes, turning boards, swinging logs, bended inclines, tubes, and kind of lava formed territory.
If we take the same maximum number of holes and compare how much time a game will last in average, we will also find a big difference. A mini-golf course game usually takes 20 minutes, while a regular golf course game will last around 4 hours.
Regular golf is all about the player’s strength of stroke and also precision. The winner is the one who makes the lowest number of strokes to get the ball into the hole. Whereas, mini-golf is more about precision and testing the capacity to hit the ball with enough strength to get it to the top yet not all that much to fall on the opposite side of a lava formed territory.
Mini-golf appeals to a much broader public and serves many more practical purposes. For example, it can be a great idea for a first date or a family reunion when family members are becoming more distant and less cohesive. Moreover, anyone over the age of 5 can learn to play it in a single evening. By contrast, learning to play regular golf takes way more than several hours. Besides, the player usually needs to get a membership to play at the regular golf course which makes it less accessible for the public.