Miniature Golf is DEAD!!! …. sigh, sob.

Mini Golf
June24/ 2016

I can accept the on-going cycle-of-life of pop culture.   In just my short spell on this giant blue marble I’ve seen my share of cultural icons / traditions fade into the setting sun.  Alas, now another one …… Miniature-Golf a/k/a Putt-Putt

Mini-golf (miniature golf) is of course generic and Putt Putt was the corporate name that came to be “generic”…. like Table Tennis and Ping Pong.  Putt-Putt started in Fayetteville I think.

We had “a Putt Putt” just outside of town on Queens Street Ext.   My vividest memory would be my sophomore year in high school when the manager for the season was ….

THE Ed Emory.   Yes, THAT Ed Emory.  How many do you know?

Back in those days, high school teachers / coaches took on all sorts of summer jobs to supplement their incomes.  “Big Ed” taught Drivers Ed…. and managed the local Putt-Putt.

Imagine Myrtle Beach without miniature golf.   Hell, might as well take away the ocean and all the strip clubs too.

And what about the side industries that made the plaster dinosaurs and windmills and other bizarre ball traps and get-arounds ???

Has there EVER been a safer place to “take a date” than playing miniature golf.   She pretends not to know “how to do this” so you get to stand behind her and sorta hug her while showing her how to grip the club….. and she gets soooo excited when she makes a putt and squeals really loud …..

All THAT is going away ……  Today miniature golf…. Tomorrow Gender-specific rest rooms …. then what ??


The Demise of Mini-Golf

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4 years ago

This column has saved me millions $$$. I had plans to construct condos on all the miniature golf courses at Myrtle Beach. I planned to incorporate tee shirt shops into all the lobbies and include miniature Gay Dolphins on the more upscale locations. Now it’s just a missed opportunity gone the Carolina way.

4 years ago

I think you are correct, BL. EVERY small NC town had to have a Putt Putt. I probably spent more time at the Hickory Putt Putt than Professor Harold Hill spent at the Billiard Table and the Music Teacher’s bedrooms. It was THE place to go….when there was not anything that you could talk your date or steady into seeing at one of the local Drive-In’s. I played and played and would get my Putter Card punched. When you had 16 holes-in-one (on different holes), then when you came up for one of your two remaining holes (you had to… Read more »

4 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Thank you for the compliment.

4 years ago

Putt Putt could salvage many un-good blind dates into something almost good and on rare occasions into good dates for this tall, skinny, awkward teen of many decades ago.

4 years ago

I can see its decline. Last year, Clemson downsized its football jock dorm by slashing the dedicated (to the football team) Putt-Putt course from 18 holes down to 9.

Which as we all know is half-dead, 18 to 9.

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