Today marks 65 years since the world's first Putt-Putt course opened.
The first Putt-Putt Golf course was set-up by Don Clayton in Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA back in 1954.
Over the years a number of our fellow miniature golf enthusiasts, bloggers, minigolf rivals and friends have shared photos of some of their favourite Putt-Putt courses.
|Putt Putt in Richmond, Indiana. Photo by Tom and Robin at A Couple of Putts|
Putt-Putt is the only patented game of miniature golf and began in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1954. In the 1960's Putt-Putt franchises began opening outside of the US, in locations such as South Africa, Australia and Japan. There were also courses in the UK, the first of which opened in Sunderland in 1968. Others followed at Flamingo Land in Yorkshire and in Buxton, Derbyshire. However, information on these UK courses is limited. You can read the Putt-Putt story on the Putt-Putt Fun Centres website.
|The Putt-Putt miniature golf course in Three Anchor Bay in Moullie Point / Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by PJ Goedhals|
|The Putt Putt Fun Center course in Hickory, North Carolina photographed by Pat Sheridan of The Putting Penguin minigolf website|
|Putt Putt Pro Matt Bellner playing the course in Arlington, TX|
|Matt Bellner playing the Putt Putt course in Lake Charles, LA, USA|
|Putt Putt Fun Center in Richmond, Indiana. Photo by Tom and Robin at A Couple of Putts|
Allan Cox, aka The Putter King, has been playing Putt-Putt in tournaments and for fun for a number of years and has perfected his shots on a lot of Putt-Putt courses down under.
Unfortunately the closest Emily and I have got to playing Putt-Putt are some postcards, some game tokens, a jigsaw puzzle and a photo one of my family took of a course while in South Africa!
|A photo of the Three Anchor Bay Putt-Putt course in January 2017. Photo by Adam Trigg|
|A Putt-Putt postcard from South Africa|
|I do have a lot of Putt-Putt tokens in my collection|
|A Putt-Putt Puzzle of a very crazy Miniature Golf course. Published by Hallmark Cards Inc. Many thanks to our friend 'Hacksaw' Jon Drexler for sending it across the pond to live in the Crazy Golf Museum|
Check out the Putt-Putt Golf website for more information on Putt-Putt brand minigolf. You can find out more information about Putt-Putt tournaments on the Professional Putters Association (PPA) website.
Hopefully we'll get to play the Putt-Putt format of the game on our travels in the future.
Related blog posts:
- A token blog post
- Putt-Putt in Cape Town, South Africa
- A Putt-Putt Postcard from South Africa
- Putt-Putt Germiston in Johannesburg, South Africa
- Putt-Putt at Three Anchor Bay in Moullie Point/Sea Point in Cape Town
- Putt-Putt Golf
- PPA Database
- Professional Putters Association (PPA)