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» Sunday, May 31, 2009

Miniature Golf!

Days 'till the Summer Solstice: 21

Today's summer love: Mini-golf!

I am a pretty mean mini-golf player. Just ask my kids. Even as teenagers, they still have a hard time beating me. This is because I must have played about a bazillion holes of mini golf in the summer when I was a kid.

This mini-skill does not, alas, translate to a great "big" golf game. Before I had kids, I tried to learn real golf, but could never master the art of the big golf tee-off. All I could manage were worm-burners and hard slices and hooks.

But who needs big golf, anyway? Big golf courses do not have windmills, pirates, sunken ships, mermaids, and gorillas. And it's a lot harder to get a hole-in-one.

Beware: Mini-golfing with small children can be hazardous!

My youngest son didn't quite know his own strength. When he was about 3 or 4, he teed off a bit too hard at mini-golf and smacked a lady at the next hole over right on the ankle. Ouch!

That was definitely one of my more embarrassing moments as a mother. I'm planning to get the kid back in a few years by showing his naked baby pictures to his first girlfriend. :-)

BTW, these pics are from Congo Falls mini-golf on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk, one of my favorite summer mini-golf places!

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Blogger Laurie G said...

We loved to take our 4 kids mini golfing! Such fun and pretty cheap! The courses can be very elaborate or run down! We ALWAYS had a wonderful time!!

8:10 AM  
Blogger housemouse88 said...

Hello Joy,

I love playing miniature golf. We just haven't done it in years. We have moved and I don't even know if there is a course around here. I'll have to do some research. LOL Have a great day.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Margay Leah Justice said...

I have never played mini golf, but my mother and my older daughter love it (though they've yet to play together!). I don't see the fun in it, but I'm not very coordinated athletically, either.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning.
Never played mini-golf as a kid. Was it even around way back then? Played a few times when our children were little. Played this past January at a plain course while on vacation with my husband, sister and her husband. Had a ball. Was consistently inconsistent. Either got the hole in par and or it took ten shots. Will have to find a fancy course and take our grandsons this summer. Maybe then I won't come in last. Fat chance!
Hope everyone has a great week.

10:41 AM  
Blogger FD said...

I've never played golf or miniature golf. Not sure where to find a place to play miniature golf around here. It might be fun to try out.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I only played miniature golf once in my life and I didn't do to good with it. I can see where it would be a lot of fun. One time when I was a kid my sister and I were playing with golf club is the yard smacking a ball around and I hit her if the foot with the golf club and broke her foot. Thats about it for my golfing experence.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Pissenlit said...

I've never been a big fan of mini-golf. Putting a ball and a stick together just doesn't produce in me an urge to tap said ball with said stick. I much prefer baseball/softball. :D

12:30 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

The last time I played mim golf was with my daughter, so it has very special meaning.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Cathy M said...

Well, I totally suck at golf, both kinds, lol. But I still love playing minature golf, though my kids beat me, every single time!!!

2:47 PM  
Blogger dsadler53 said...

I've played mini golf with my kids when they were younger; it was for fun and laughter for us, but I wasn't any good at it, so haven't done it since then.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Martha Eskuchen said...

I definitely like mini golf although I was only so-so at it! Hubby liked bowling which I am TERRIBLE at! LOL

4:54 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

Have only played miniature golf once. Was not exactly a master at it.

5:37 PM  
Blogger traveler said...

I have enjoyed reading all your posts. I adore the Jersey Shore for its wonderful beaches, great boardwalks, and delightful fun.

7:55 PM  
Blogger darbyscloset said...

Now if we had a mini golf course like this one it would be a big hit!!
To bad, all we have are golf courses and of course I don't know how to play!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

8:01 PM  
Blogger Kytaira said...

I have never played miniature golf. I have played *big* golf about a half dozen times and just couldn't get into it. My in-laws are huge *big* golf groupies and they got my older child lessons. Me- I hit the ball into the next group of people and nearly hit a guy. I swear I yelled fore enough to go hoarse.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Sue A. said...

I haven't played mini golf either. I've only tried golf once at a small golf course during high school. I have no appreciation for the sport of golf.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Carol L. said...

You brought back some great memories of my childhood. :) Every weekend we went to play miniature golf when we were kids. We loved it. But that was a long time ago.Some of my fondest memories are of playing miniature golf with my sisters and mom and dad. Thanks for the memories. Have agreat night
Carol L.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

My father is a huge golfer and tried teaching me, to no avail. Miniature golf's my game, lol. It's fun to play in the summer with the kids, even away on family beach vacations.

3:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your comments certainly brought back a lot of memories for me. I love to play mini-golf. Don't get to often enough. We don't have a place in town so we have to travel to the nearest one about 30 miles. Some of my favorite memories with my kids are our trips to play, usually in the summer.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Mini golf rules! The DH and I try to go all the time and for some reason he's great on the real golf course but sucks badly on the mini course! LOL


9:53 AM  
Blogger one6ylady said...

I love miniature golf... my question is, how good are you? Personally, I suck, but I have so much fun that I love to play.

10:54 PM  
Blogger flip said...

I love Rowenna Cherry. Her books are so witty.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Rowena Cherry said...

Hello, Flip,

That is really kind of you to say so. Thank you.

As for miniature golf, I've played and had fun with it, but the putters never seem to be the ... whoops, there I go, blaming the tool in my hand.

I did learn golf for my sporting activity for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The sports professional liked to call me "Thumper".

Make what you like of that!

9:31 AM  

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