Masters on Main Street a success

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


It was a two-par in the familiar atmosphere of the downtown and the people who turned out Friday loved putting on the 19 miniature golf holes that were set up in Central Park, around the square, and on a few side streets.

There were plenty of hole-in-ones throughout as families turned out to the downtown area to try their hands at the impromptu course that had been set up. Only a few participating businesses had holes on the sidewalks, with most favoring the park for their homemade golf holes. It was the first time Main Street Washington had held the putt golf tourney and director Sarah Grunewaldt said the event had been a success.

?It went well,? Grunewaldt said. ?We ended up with 19 golf holes and we had at least ? we didn?t keep track of how many kids under 8 ? we had 93 paid golfers and a lot of little kids. We?re estimating between 120 and 130 golfers.?

Putt putt golf, also known as miniature golf, is an offshoot of the sport of golf focusing solely on the putting aspect of its parent game. It is played on courses consisting of a series of holes similar to its parent, but characterized by their short length (usually within 10 yards from tee to cup), the use of artificial putting surfaces such as carpet, AstroTurf and/or concrete, a geometric layout often requiring non-traditional putting lines such as bank shots, and artificial obstacles such as tunnels/tubes, ramps, concrete/metal/fiberglass forms, and moving obstacles such as windmills. When miniature golf retains many of these characteristics but without the use of any props or obstacles, it is purely a mini version of its parent game.

Grunewaldt said that the event would return next year. She said that she hopes the event will grow and that she has received some ideas for making the Masters on Main Street event bigger and better. She said that since the event, two businesses had approached her and said they would participate next year. She hopes for more participation next year. She also said Main Street would work to solve one of the problems she found during the event ? not everyone owns a putter. There has also been discussion of having music on the bandstand during the event and possibly starting later.

?It was families of all ages,? she said. ?It was grandparents with their grandkids. It was parents with small children. It was grandparents with no children with them and they were just out to have fun. It was kids my age. A broad spectrum of our community came out for a fun event on Friday night.?

Grunewaldt said businesses interested in being part of next year?s event could contact her at 653-3918.