Is minigolf a sport? It isn't in the UK!


Before you climb on your high horse, remember that all sport is daft,  invented by man to idle away a life.

What is the definition of sport?  Dictionaries define it as a competitive activity or game.  The EU defines it as 

"Sport" means all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels. (Article 2 Definition and Scope of the European Sports Charter)


Currently the Sports Councils recognise 112 activities. From time to time they are asked to consider the recognition of new activities, but this does not mean that they decide what is or is not a sport. - Really?

They operate a recognition procedure - agreed jointly with the four National Sports Councils - for identifying those activities with which they should be associated and which they should help to develop.


New activities

The principal criteria against which the Councils assess new activities are that the activity must involve: physical skills, physical effort, and physical challenge. 

Eye-ball coordination and steadiness of hand are essential.  A competition can go for days and it is normal to practice on World and European Championship courses for one week prior to the event on the standardised courses being used.

Other criteria include whether the activity: