Did you know the World Minigolfsport Federation (WMF) has a biannual World Championship Tournament? Better yet, did you know there’s a World Minigolfsport Federation? While we knew putt putt was awesome, this takes it to another level. Let’s back up a second and divulge into the history of putt-putt.
The beginning- what is putt putt?
Putt-putt is an offshoot of its parent game, golf. It is played on a series of holes, usually a multiple of 9 (similar to golf) but putt-putt courses are characterized by their short length -typically 10 yards from tee to cup. The courses are paid with either artificial surfaces such as astroturf or carpet and are geometrically laid out so that they require non-traditional putting lines (ie bank shots, tunnels, moving obstacles, etc.).
Believe it or not, the first document course resembling a mini golf course was in a 1912 issue of The Illustrated London News and was called Gofstacle (we think putt-putt is a much better name). The first standardized putt-putt course that entered mass-production was the Thistle Dhu (This’ll Do”) in 1916 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. By the late 1920s there were over 150 rooftop courses in NYC alone and thousands across the United States! The popularity died significantly with the Great Depression and only recently re-surged in the past few decades.
How long has putt putt been at Charleston Fun Park?
Since the very beginning! It’s a great, fun activity for individuals and families alike. Our favorite part is that is accessible to all ages 8 to 28 to 58 -everyone can play!
So, when was the last time you played?
We’re open 7 days a week and if it’s not raining, so is the putt putt course. What are you waiting for? Grab your friends and family and come play a round or two!