Every October the greatest golfers in the game gather together at Myrtle Beach for a three-day Masters tournament worth $4000! Not as much money as you would have thought? Perhaps that’s because it’s a tournament for the world’s best “mini-golfers.”
the courses are more difficult than just your typical round with the kids:
If mini golf’s most prestigious tournament sounds like a big leap from a Putt-Putt game with your pals, that’s because it is. The Mini Masters, a three-day, 180-hole putt-a-thon contested each October, resembles the unholy spawn of a Hooters Tour stop (no one pays much attention), a Star Trek convention (lots of middleaged men, invariably in baseball caps and sunglasses, many with facial hair) and your weekly poker game (despite a modest purse, the competition is taken with grave seriousness). It is one of about 30 events sanctioned by the U.S. Pro Mini Golf Association, and the most coveted title among the tour’s few dozen full-time pros.
The pros play four rounds on Thursday, four on Friday, and two more on Saturday. The player with the lowest aggregate score wins, bringing home $4000 and a green jacket – not to mention becoming a lifetime legend in the world of mini-golf. Over 60 players participate in the event every year.