An inside look at competitive mini golf

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If you thought a trip to play mini golf was just for the kids or something to do on date night, think again. It's actually a serious competitive sport for some.
By T.J. Auclair
PGA.com
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, November 03, 2016 | 1:00 p.m.

A windmill. A clown's mouth.

Those are just two things that might immediately jump to mind when you think "mini golf."

For a small contigent, mini golf isn't just something to do on date-night, or something to do with the kids on the weekend... instead, it's a legit competitive sport.

Check out this video posted to YouTube by Great Big Story on Oct. 19. It tells the story of what it's like for the players in the cutthroat world of mini-golf, focusing on the Masters National Pro Mini Golf Championship, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where the winner gets -- maybe you guessed it -- a coveted green jacket (the Members-Only variety):

 

 

Did you hear the guy who said players can be out on a mini-golf course, mapping it out for 10 hours per day for several days leading up the tournament?

And you thought PGA Tour practice rounds were slow!

The video is a fascinating look into a world of mini-golf you probably never knew existed. 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.