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The first National Tom Thumb Championship was contested in Chattanooga, Tennessee 90 years ago today.
Garnet Carter created the first artificial miniature golf course in the USA in 1926. The first of the 'Tom Thumb Golf' brand of miniature golf course was an 18-hole layout located near Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
By 1930 there were some 25,000 miniature golf courses in the USA, 3,000 of which were the now patented Tom Thumb course franchises.
The course and fantasy theming caught the imagination of visitors and on the 23rd October 1930 the final of the first-ever National Tom Thumb Championship took place.
Qualifying events had taken place in all of the then 48 states of the USA, with 200 players representing 30 states in the grand final. The event had a total prize fund of $10,000, with the champion winning $2,000!
We haven't played a Tom Thumb Golf course on our travels, but we do have some nice old postcards of Tom Thumb courses in our collection. This one is of a course at Westende Bains in Belgium
Check out the Crazy Golf Museum website for more details of minigolf history.
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|One of two postcard designs you can find at Splash Point Mini Golf in Worthing|
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Tuesday, June 02, 2020
A look at four old minigolf postcards from Brighton.
I've enjoyed spending some time looking through our minigolf postcard collection during lockdown. Emily and I have found some brilliant old postcards at fairs, charity shops, car boot sales, antique shops and online over the years. Some are quite new and date from the 2000's while some are from the early 1900's. We also really enjoy finding brand new postcards on sale at minigolf courses we visit.
Three of the same location
One of the first minigolf course postcards I bought is also the earliest dated card I have of Brighton. The colourised card shows the 'Miniature Golf Links, Brighton' and was posted from Brighton to West Harrow on the 29th August 1927.
|Miniature Golf Links, Brighton. Postally used 29 August 1927. Publisher unknown|
The next dated card I have shows the 'New Miniature Golf Course and Carpet Gardens, Brighton' - the same course as above - and was posted from Wolverton in Buckinghamshire to Rochester, Kent on the 27th May 1928.
|New Miniature Golf Course and Carpet Gardens, Brighton. Postally used 27 May 1928. Publisher unknown|
The Tuck's card No. 2162 I have shows the same area and is captioned 'Lower Parade & Miniature Golf course, Brighton'. It was posted from Brighton to Fulham on the 10th October 1928. However, looking at the course, surrounding area and the clothing people are wearing I would suggest the course was the first to be on the site and was there pre-1927.
|Lower Parade & Miniature Golf course, Brighton. Postally used 10 October 1928. Tuck's Photogravure Postcard No. 2162|
The pier in the background of those three postcards is the West Pier.
One of a different old course
The next dated card was posted from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire to Lancing, Sussex on the 15th April 1945. This card is captioned 'Aquarium & Palace Pier showing Miniature Golf Links, Brighton'.
|Aquarium & Palace Pier showing Miniature Golf Links, Brighton. Postally used 15 April 1945. Publisher unknown|
Playing minigolf in Brighton
We've played minigolf in Brighton a number of times over the years but haven't been to the south coast seaside resort since 2011. Where have the last nine years gone!
|The 12th course visited on our travels. This was back in July 2007|
One of the first courses played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was the Crazy Golf on the seafront near the Palace Pier back in 2007.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
A playable postcard from the Netherlands.
I found this fun minigolf postcard at the last postcard fair I attended in Stockport.
|The Dutch text reads Vouw de ansichtkaart langs de stippellijnen, en druk het balletje uit de kaart (Fold the postcard along the dotted lines and push the ball out of the card)|
It was published by GreenCards and can be turned into a putting cup by folding along the perforations and popping out the golf ball in the middle.
Sunday, May 24, 2020
A look at an old crazy golf postcard from Butlin's Minehead.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
A look at a pair of miniature golf postcards from Ilfracombe.
I bought this pair of crazy golf postcards from Ilfracombe, Devon at the last postcard fair I attended.
|Mini Golf Course. Sea Front. Ilfracombe. Taw Valley Wholesale Co. 1977|
|Crazy Golf at Ilfracombe. Taw Valley Wholesale Co. Photocolour TV/IF312|
Both were published by the Taw Valley Wholesale Co, Ilfracombe. Neither are postally used.
We visited the course on our tour of the South West in the summer of 2015. It hasn't changed much at all.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
A look at an old miniature golf postcard from from the Railway Convalescent Home in Herne Bay, Kent.
One of the nice old minigolf postcards I bought at the last postcard fair I attended was this one by Photochrom Co. Ltd. showing the Railway Convalescent Home in Herne Bay, Kent.
It's postally unused and undated.
The Railway Convalescent Home in Herne Bay was the first of ten homes opened by the railway industry for railwayworkers to recover from sickness and illness.
Thursday, May 07, 2020
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
A look at a nice old Putting Green postcard from the Butlin's Luxury Holiday Camp in Pwllheli.
|Putting Green, Butlin's Luxury Holiday Camp, Pwllheli. Published by Butlin's Photographic Services Ltd. Postally used on 4th June 1951|
This is the oldest postcard I have showing the Putting Green at Butlin's Pwllheli. The other cards I have were posted in 1964 and 1966.
Butlin's Pwllheli opened in 1947 and closed in 1998.
Friday, May 01, 2020
Guest blogger Richard Gottfried, King of mini-golf with a postcard collection to match, makes his debut in Picture Postcard Magic. What do you think of this theme for collecting? ⛳️https://t.co/H8hYRTKGei#MiniGolf pic.twitter.com/d2AldN0zOO— Brian Lund (@Postcard_World) April 28, 2020
A look at The Putting Green at Butlin's Pwllheli.
|Butlin's Pwllheli Putting Green. Real Butlin's photograph numbered P8. Postally used on 10th August 1966|
The Putting Green looks a little more makeshift than on later Butlin's postcards.
I have another postcard showing the Putting Greens and Lawns at Butlin's Pwllheli holiday camp in my collection.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
A look at an old Butlins postcard from Minehead.
What a view of two monorails crossing above the swimming pool at Butlin's Minehead.
|Butlin's Minehead - Monorail over Outdoor Swimming Pool by John Hinde Studios. Postally unused. Undated|
My holidays at Butlin's
My parents met at the Butlin's holiday camp in Clacton-on-Sea in the 1970's. My family often went on holiday to the Butlin's holiday camp in Minehead. We also had one stay at the Bognor Regis and Ayr camps. I spent many summers in the 80's and 90's at the Barry Island Holiday Camp, itself a former Butlin's camp.
We used to ride the monorail at Butlin's Minehead all the time.
|Riding the monorail with my brother Jon at Butlin's Somerwest World in Minehead|
Monday, April 27, 2020
A look at an old postcard from Denton Gardens in Worthing, West Sussex.
Minigolf was first played in Denton Gardens on Tuesday 1st July 1924.
|Worthing, Denton Gardens, Putting Green. The Photochrom Co Ltd. Posted to Birchington, Kent on 30 July 1928|
You can still enjoy a round of miniature golf on the Splash Point Mini Golf course there.
The 18-hole course was the 181st played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Related blog posts:
- A Putting Green postcard from Denton Park in Worthing
- Splash Point Mini Golf