Meet the family who tried to play every mini-golf course in Wisconsin

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Facebook / 2016 Johnson's Wisconsin Mini-Golf Challenge
By Matt S. Craig

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | 1:14 p.m.

Many people have gone on golfing trips before, but I don't think there's ever been one quite like this. Many have done family road trips, but this one may top them all.

I'm talking about the "2016 Johnson's Wisconsin Mini-Golf Challenge." Let me fill you in.

Thanks to a column from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jim Stingl, we learned that Tim Johnson and his sons, Ben and Noah, got creative when it came to a family vacation. In the course of one week, they set out to play every mini-golf course in the state of Wisconsin.

The idea started as a leisurely stroll around the state, playing a few courses here and there, but the idea grew into a plan that included Tim writing to over 80 Chambers of Commerce around the state to identify every mini-golf course possible.

Then on June 12, they set out, hitting 16 courses per day from 10 a.m. to sundown. They traveled 2,837 miles and played at least one hole from 113 mini-golf courses.

They made bright colored T-shirts and decorated their van, documenting the trip with pictures on their own Facebook page. Here's a quote from the Stingl column:

"It was fun," Tim, who works as a restaurant waiter, said after they finished. "You got to see the nice beautiful adventure-style courses with the waterfalls and the terrain, mountains and slopes. And then you have your mom-and-pop plywood with 2-by-4s and the old windmills and the old everything else."

Here's a map with a pin signaling every course they visited. Greatest golfing trip of all time?




Matt S. Craig is a intern and a Digital Sports Production student at Ball State University.