Thursday, August 13, 2020

Bring Back the Clowns? Maybe not, but Drive- In's & Put Putt Golf...Heck Yeah!

Miniature golf was fast becoming a respectable sport in the 1960s and early 70s, with its elite “athletes” getting paid big fat paychecks in national competitions.  Courses were popping up all over the U.S., and there was even a Miss Putt-Putt beauty pageant.  But as the 1970s wore on, miniature golf courses became more about being a hangout for teens than a place of legitimate competition.   And by the 1980s, the primary revenue for putt-putt business came from the video game arcades and birthday parties in the clubhouse rather than on the greens. The sport’s heyday was far in the rear-view mirror by the time the 1980s came to a close. 

Well folks, Pac-Man and creepy clowns have arrived. There are only a few miniature golf courses still are around, but you have to admit they’ve lost their character, their mojo, if you will.  I blame the clowns. With " social distancing " a thing of the 'now' maybe it's time to bring them back? I immediately thought about putt put golf and drive in's when the pandemic started. And have been casually complaining to friends here in Seattle about the absence of both. They blame the rain. But isn't there a way around that? Like maybe, a fancy sliding roof? Tents? A little drizzle wouldn't stop me! 

Now I know what your thinking, if not clowns then what? What shall we shoot our balls into? 

Think back if you will, to our Courtney Love pinata? You can finally say, " I'd hit that and not be ashamed " ! Well why not a music inspired putt putt course? Maybe you shoot your balls right into Elvis's...hand? Oh okay still thinking about Courtney are ya? 

Either way, I tell ya, I'm gonna make this happen!

Stay tuned for Pt. 2 of this article this weekend 

when we talk about drive in movie theaters! 

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