You would think that pro golfers are really good at miniature golf as well. Indeed, many people believe that the great golfers all discovered they were good at the sport by playing mini golf as kids. Nothing could be further from the truth actually. As a matter of fact, no professional golfer started playing miniature golf first. This is partly due to the fact that the two sports are perhaps related, but not all that similar. It is very important to understand the distinction between mini golf, a game, and golf, a sport. However, that is not quite true either, as official associations for mini golf exist, and there are true championships in it as well. In fact, there are people who class themselves as professional crazy golfers. However, for a golf pro who plays at the Masters, a crazy golf player will never truly be professional. They believe this also due to the fact that the prize money for crazy golf competitions is insubstantial compared to real golfers. However, it must also be acknowledged that it is in this country that the prize money is actually the highest for miniature golf competitions. The top prize could be as much as $5,000. Unfortunately, that is not the kind of money that allows people to earn their keep, but it is certainly enough for some of life’s luxuries.
However, it must also be said that some professional golfers have been seen to play miniature golf, albeit for their work or charity. Tiger Woods, for instance, has done so on two occasions now. After Woods was on the news a lot about his sex addiction, he took on Jimmy Fallon in a comedy fashion, which was believed to be mainly because he was trying to recreate a positive image of himself. The second time was for an advertisement for the USGA, who are trying to speed up the pace of the game of golf.
How come miniature golf isn’t take seriously? Some would suggest that the biggest issue is that no real skills are needed to play it. It is certainly true that you only need a single club and you don’t have to be in any kind of good physical condition to play it either. Also, it really doesn’t matter what the weather is like. The wind has no influence on your ball and a court will generally close if it is too windy. On the other hand, that doesn’t mean you don’t need any skills to play crazy golf. Getting the ball through gates, over bridges and under other obstacles in order to reach a hole is actually very difficult. As such, instead of dismissing one over the other, why not class both games as serious sports?