Miniature golf synonyms

Adventure golf [OED not listed]

Baby Golf [OED not listed, Los Angeles Times 12 Aug 1930]

Bantam Golf [OED not listed, Southern Pacific bulletin, Southern Pacific Company (Pacific Lines) 1929]

Beton [OED not listed as synonym for miniature golf]

Betong [OED not listed]

Bongni [OED not listed]

Capsule Golf [OED not listed, Chicago Tribune 12 Oct 1930]

Carpet Golf [OED not listed, Miami News 28 May 1939]

Compact Golf [OED not listed, Time 26 April 1963]

Crazy Golf [OED 2 Sept. 1936]

Demi-tasse Golf [OED not listed, NY Times 3 Aug 1930]

Demitasse Golf [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Dwarf Golf [OED not listed, The Evening Independent 9 Oct 1930]

Eternit [OED not listed]

Fake Golf [OED not listed, Spokane Daily Chronicle 18 Jul 1934]

Fantasy Golf [OED not listed]

Funny Golf [OED not listed]

Gadget Golf [OED not listed, The Times 19 August 1931]

Garden Golf 1 [OED not listed, The Literary Digest 23 Aug 1930]

Gofstacle [OED not listed, The Straits Times 1 April 1912]

Golfies 1 [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Golf-o-Links 1 [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Golfstacle [OED not listed, Date: Sep 6, 1906 Author: William Senhouse Clarke, Title of source: Patent Application; Improved Ball Game for Lawns and Apparatus therefor. 190619851A. Precise location in text: Lines 4-5. Online reference.]

Goofy Golf [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Goony Golf [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Half-Pint Golf 1 [OED not listed, The Literary Digest 23 Aug 1930]

Lilliput-put Golf [OED not listed]

Little Golf [OED not listed, The Literary Digest 23 Aug 1930]

Midget Golf [OED 6 Nov. 1930, Time 3 Nov 1930]

Midjit Golf [Name used by a company in Bendigo, Australia - THE BENDIGO MIDJIT GOLF COURSE]

Mini golf (see minigolf)

Miniature Golf [OED Amer. Golfer May 1909. Date: Sep 6, 1906 Author: William Senhouse Clarke, Title of source: Patent Application; Improved Ball Game for Lawns and Apparatus therefor. 190619851A. Precise location in text: Lines 4-5. Online reference.]

Minigolf [OED 10 June 1950]

Mini-Putt [OED not listed, The Montreal Gazette 26 Mar 1971]

Minny Golf [OED not listed, The Hartford Courant 22 Sep 1935]

Nanogolf [OED not listed]

Nock Nee Putt Low [OED not listed, Oakland Tribune Aug 25 1930]

Novelty golf [OED not listed]

Obstacle Golf [OED not listed, Atlantic reporter, Volume 21 1891 ]

Pee-wee Golf [OED not listed, Berkeley Daily Gazette 9 Aug 1930]

Peewee Golf [OED not listed, Oakland Tribune Aug 25 1930]

Pigmy Golf [OED not listed, Decatur Herald 6 Sep 1930]

Pimple Golf [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Pint-Pot Golf 1 [OED not listed]

Pony Golf 1 [OED not listed, NY Times 12 August 1930]

Postage Stamp Golf [OED not listed]

Preemie Golf [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Putt-putt Golf [OED 3 Mar 1922] (NB Putt-PuttŪ is a registered trademark)

Pygmie golf [OED not listed]

Pygmy Golf 1 [OED not listed, Los Angeles Times 8 Aug 1930]

Rinky-dink golf [OED not listed]

Runt Golf [OED not listed, St. Petersburg Times 7 Oct 1930]

Sample-size Golf [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Sawed-off Golf 1 [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Tabloid Golf [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Thumbnail Golf 1 [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Tiny Golf [OED not listed, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 23 Oct 1930]

Tom Thumb Golf [OED 17Oct 1928]

Toy Golf 1 [OED not listed, Los Angeles Times 24 Jun 1930]

Two-by-four golf  [OED not listed, The Literary Digest 23 Aug 1930]

Trick Golf [OED not listed, Daily Express 13 Aug 1930]

Vacant-Lot Golf  [OED not listed, The Literary Digest 23 Aug 1930]

Vest-Pocket Golf 1 [OED not listed, Decatur Herald 3 June 1930 refers to earlier item in The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel]

Wacky Golf 1 [OED not listed]

Whacky Golf  [OED not listed]

Wee Golf [OED not listed, Time 3 Nov 1930]

[Earliest reference I know of in square brackets. OED = Oxford English Dictionary]

and dozens of language variants.

Work very much in progress! If I've missed any synonyms or if you find an earlier reference please let me know, listing; publication, date, page number and column where applicable. The actual reference has to specifically refer to the sport of crazy golf.

1 List from Boys' Life Aug 1998 - v. 88, no. 8 p15 Online reference

 

Miniature golf course synonyms

Baby-golf course [Modern Mechanics and Inventions Jan 1931]

Dinky Links [OED not listed, I'm Put-Put-Puttin' on the Dinky Links All Day, George Turner and F. Langhenry Carver. c1930]

Lilliput links [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Lilliputian links  [OED not listed]

Pee-wee links [OED not listed, Modern Mechanics and Inventions Jan 1931]

Pint-sized golf course [OED not listed, Modern Mechanics and Inventions Jan 1931]

Postage Stamp course [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Rinkiedink golf course [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

Tabloid courses [OED not listed, The Times 29 Aug 1930]

Teenie weenie links [OED not listed, Miniature Golf, Margolies 1987]

 

There are inherent difficulties in researching this subject. For example, miniature golf can mean par 3 golf, pitch & putt or just plain putting.  Novelty golf or goofy golf can refer to a fun adjunct to golf such as is reported in the Urbana Daily Courier of Sep 23, 1935. Peewee Golf can also relate to young golfers in the US.  When does Obstacle Golf become crazy golf? Certainly Golfstacle was crazy golf. And no Carpet Golf does not, in this context, mean a new game played with tiddlywinks for 27s 6d as reported in The Times, Monday, Nov 17, 1958.   Extreme Golf in my mind relates to something completely different.  The list goes on........

 

Miniature Golf Terminology

The differences between golf, miniature golf, putting and pitch & putt.

Competition formats

Variations on a theme