Minigolf’s players enjoy considerably less of the stress, expense and training schedules encountered by hopefuls in the sport’s big brother. But their expertise is still impressive, and the World Minigolfsport Federation maintains fastidious control over all aspects of official events and courses.
Part of minigolf’s appeal is the creative artificiality of the courses. A variety of approved weatherproof surfaces substitute for grass, and the inclusion of very testing slopes and rocky obstacles make the business of ‘putting’ the ball in the hole, very challenging.
Even tantalisingly-close holes defy logical shot-calculation, and long practice is the only way to prepare for the villainously difficult ramp-shots, bridges, tunnels, corkscrew curves and gutters. Age and experience are a positive boon.
The tournament is open to anyone, but applications are to be made via the British Minigolf Association, on a first-come, first-served basis. The women’s game is by tradition kept quite separate from the men’s, although in scoring terms, the overall best scores are often by a female player.
Current British number one Michael Smith is naturally a favourite to win…but the £500 first prize at Sidcup this year is certain to encourage some serious competition.
Golf players looking to play on more challenging courses in the Sidcup area and Kent in general should visit www.BookYourGolf.net for tee times and course details.
Those wishing to attend the The British Open International Minigolf Tournament 2012 can find out more at www.minigolf.org.uk.
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