“PUTT-PUTT” Takes COUNTRY by STORM (Aug, 1930)

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The ancient and honorable game of golf has gone Scotch with a vengeance. Long a pastime requiring broad acres, expensive club-houses and equipment, the game has now moved into the city within access of all — and it costs only a quarter.

MINIATURE golf courses, which are on the increase in several states, are now being equipped for night golf through a new system of illumination and the game, played under flood lights, is becoming a country-wide craze.

At least a score of such installations have recently been made on the best known courses at specially selected locations in large cities. The illumination necessary on the average sized miniature course is provided by eighteen 500-watt floodlights.

The new game is perfect both from a golfer’s standpoint and from the view of a complete novice seeking exercise and recreation. The Bob-o-link miniature Golf Links in the Wilshire district of Los Angeles is an eighteen hole course laid out and constructed by an experienced golf architect, has 20,000 square feet of putting greens and is 70,000 square feet over all.

The putting greens surrounding each hole are of a composition substance resembling smooth asphalt and are of ten inch thickness. The fairways of green grass are short, to be sure, but are so arranged with difficult hazards that the course requires careful and accurate shooting. Hazards are of all shapes and sizes and include sand traps, logs, mounds, ditches, tiny streams, hurdles, arches. The course is a real test of golf. When one has completed the game he will have walked more than one fourth mile.

Four thousand watt lamps situated in each of the four corners of the course keep the links well lighted for night playing.

The golf shop and clubhouse is completely equipped with clubs and balls of regulation golf links size. There are instructors for class and individual lessons. In fact, every convenience offered in a large golf club has been provided.

George R. “Big Boy” Gillespie is general manager and part owner of the miniature links. His wife, the former Catherine Thorne of Chicago, is assisting her husband as cashier.

  1. nlpnt says: December 14, 20079:33 am

    “The ancient and honorable game of golf has gone Scotch with a vengeance.”

    Since it was Scottish to begin with, I assume this is an application of the Scotch = stingy stereotype.

  2. Stannous says: December 14, 200712:10 pm

    That little chunk of Wilshire is probably worth $2-3 million today, if not more.

  3. Stannous says: December 14, 200712:11 pm

    And not a single windmill yet.

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