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The Masters Meets Mini — Golf Worlds Collide

The Masters is currently underway in Augusta. As the premier golf event in North America, it’s followed by passionate hackers everywhere, the coveted green jacket providing the icon of victory.

But there’s another world of golf, one filled with windmills, volcanoes, and tunnels — the world of mini-golf (or, in some areas, putt-putt golf). This video from the BBC contemplates what it would look like if the Masters met mini — a golf hybrid that might blend the best of both worlds.

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About Kent Anderson

I am the Publisher at AAAS/Science. Previously, I have worked as CEO/Publisher of the STRIATUS/JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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2 thoughts on “The Masters Meets Mini — Golf Worlds Collide

  1. I have always enjoyed golf. — not that I play the game or watch it. I enjoy it as the perfect example of the “absolute zero” of utility.

    When I’m engaged in some entirely useless activity, I console myself that whatever I am doing it cannot possible be less useful that hitting a ball into a hole with a stick.

    When I am doing something myself, knowing that a professional could do it faster better and cheaper — but deprive me of the pleasure of doing it myself – I compare it to golf. Assuming there was some actual reason for needing that ball to be in that hole, why choose such a hard way to get it in? Why not get a professional to do it?

    But then golf also reveals the dark side of humanity. We are not content to do something just for its own sake … I don’t have any problem with walking in the countryside whacking a ball just for the pleasure of doing it; or engaging in the precision task of putting just because its difficult… but we are not content with that. In golf we have the irony that we enjoy whacking the ball so much we try to do it as few times as possible. We have to turn it into a competition. We have to beat our handicap. We have to get a better score than the other guy. I have to win. I have to make everyone else losers.

    Posted by Dave Pullin | Apr 6, 2012, 7:31 am
  2. Not sure I agree with the comments above, we make ourselves better by striving to be the best, pushing ourselves to the limits, practice, reviewing technique, concentration, focus, mentoring, nothing wrong with healthy competition in sport or business … play the sport in the spirit it’s ment to be, enjoy and accept defeat or victory graciously … nothing beats the camaraderie of sport and competition …

    On a separate publishing note, I’ve seen an excellent special issue on conservation and wildlife preservation on golf courses, published by the Wildlife Society, there’s a lot of good work done in this area.

    Great creative video, thanks for sharing …

    Posted by Adrian | Apr 6, 2012, 9:31 am

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