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H O L E S [Betelgeuse] Traditional Cache

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Hidden : 09/30/2006
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Massive golf , also known as mini-golf, midget golf, goofy golf, or crazy golf is a game modelled after the sport of golf. The term Putt-Putt is a registered trademark of a miniature golf company, but is commonly used to describe the sport in general.
As in golf, courses are commonly nine or eighteen holes long (or less commonly twelve) and the object is to hit the golf ball into the appropriate hole in the fewest number of strokes; however, in the miniature game, the holes are significantly shorter and consist of only a putting surface. The game is made challenging by an arrangement of obstacles, ramps, and bunkers. It is a popular pastime in many areas of the world, especially among families.

The first miniature golf course is often misattributed to one of two epochs:
The 1916 backyard Thistle Dhu ("This'll Do") course in Pinehurst, North Carolina, or;
The 1927 Tom Thumb patent of Garnet Carter from Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.

Neither of these courses—though each revolutionary in its own right—was the true "first" miniature golf course. The Ladies' Putting Club of St. Andrews, Scotland was the first miniature golf course, formed in 1867. Then, it was unacceptable for women to swing a club past their shoulders, so a miniature version of regulation golf was adapted for women to play.

Miniature golf rose to popularity in the late 1910s and early 1920s as a way for early golf fanatics to replicate major golf courses on a small scale. The game was commonly called "garden golf," and was played with a putter on grass. Thomas McCulloch Fairbairn, a golf fanatic, revolutionized the game in 1922 with his formulation of a suitable artificial green—a mixture of cottonseed hulls, sand, oil, and dye. With this discovery, miniature golf became accessible everywhere; by the late 1920s there were over 150 rooftop courses in New York City alone.

As in all American crazes, the popularity of Mini Golf has spread worldwide and courses are found in all settings and in all shapes and sizes. If you go to the coordinates, you too can play a round or two of Mini Golf. However, you have to take a putter and ball with you or rent one at the nearby coffee shop.

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Decryption Key

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)