A golf course is a wide area of land covered with turf grass and laid out for playing golf. Golf courses are typically made up of numerous holes and zones– a teeing ground, fairway, the rough, and a putting green. On the other hand, a miniature-golf course is a small surface area covered with artificial materials like a carpet, concrete or artificial turf and artificial obstacles like ramps, tunnels, and tubes.
There are many different types of miniature-golf courses used to play a game of miniature golf, also known as mini-golf, midget golf, and mini-putt just to name a few. The surface of these mini golf courses are built using different artificial materials and are also of varying length, width, and space.
Below I will briefly discuss and bring you up to speed with the different types of mini-golf courses, their features, and every other important information you need to know. There are four types of mini-golf courses that are approved by the World Mini Golf Sports Federation (WMF) including;
The concrete golf course is popularly known as “Abteilung 1” or “Mini Golf” and sometimes called “Bongni” in honor of Paul Bongni from Geneva, Switzerland who constructed it in the 1950s. This type of mini-golf course is mainly found in Austria, southern Germany, Switzerland, and other European countries. As the name suggests, this golf course is constructed in concrete with steel borders around them. Every concrete course has the same number of only 18 obstacle types, while the lanes are 10-12 meters long (the longest being 20-25 meters), with a width of 1,10 meters and a surface area of 1000-1500m².
Felt Golf Course
Finland and Sweden are well known for their felt golf course which is abbreviated as “F” and sometimes called “Swedish felt runs” (SFR). As the name suggests, the surface of this golf course is made of felt with wooden borders. Felt golf courses have increasingly become popular in Europe and other areas, especially for international golf tournaments. The Felt golf course is usually 7-18 meters long, 0,8-0,9 meters wide with a surface area of 1000-1500m². Playing on this type of golf course can be rather difficult as some holes are much longer. Players are allowed to stand on the course when they play, but not walk on the lane to prevent transferring dirt or debris to the course.
Miniature golf is sometimes called “Abteilung 2” or “Europabana” and are the most common type of mini-golf courses, popular in holiday sites and cities around the world. This type of golf course is built using fiber cement and only requires space of about 600-800m². Even though the holes are rather short, it can be a little bit difficult to play which makes for an interesting game.
Minigolf Open Standard (MOS)
Mini golf open standard (MOS) commonly known as Adventure or Crazy golf is popular in North-America and Great Britain. The WMF officially approved this golf course in 2007 so as to strengthen the role of the sports governing body and increase the reach of the game all around the world.
The surface of mini-golf open stand courses are built with artificial grass, while the size and shape of the lanes are rather different from the other WMF approved mini-golf course types. This course type contains many hazards different from the concrete, felt, and miniature golf courses, therefore, the rules for the game are either published in the game’s rule book or passed on to all players before the tournament starts. The MOS category covers new types of mini-golf courses with different surface materials, obstacles, lane sizes, and frames that the three standardized systems do not.