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Serene offers one of the few miniature golf courses in South Jersey that is not located on a boardwalk. It is regarded as one of the most challenging courses in the tri-state area. The course, which includes a walk-thru cave, waterfall, 3 ponds, and over 500 plants, underwent an upgrade in the Spring of 2022. More improvements are planned which will include “glow-in-the-dark golfing” as well as a haunted-themed golf experience in October.
History of Minature Golf
Though the origins of Miniature Golf Day are not completely known, the origin of miniature golf itself is. Many great ideas came from a lack of inclusion, and mini-golf is no exception.
Before feminism movements took the world by storm, it was deemed “unladylike” for women to participate in many physical activities or sporting activities like golf. In Victorian Scotland, women were not allowed to raise golf clubs above their heads, which took golf off the table. Instead of sulking or giving up on golf, the Ladies’ Putting Club of St. Andrews created a smaller version of the game in 1867. Take that, men!
Up until the late 19th century, very few people outside of Europe had heard of miniature golf, not to mention playing it. It was then brought to the United States, after which its popularity skyrocketed.
Although popular in the U.S., miniature golf was originally only available at hotels or lavish private resorts. Games weren’t exactly accessible to the general public. Again, due to the lack of inclusion, a great idea was born. In 1916, a man named James Barber from North Carolina established the first classic miniature golf course, called Thistle Dhu. By the early 1930s, the game of mini-golf had grown to become a favored pastime across America.
While still played with a series of nine or 18 holes, miniature golf courses are shorter, usually themed, and have a variety of obstacles that add to the difficulty of the game. Because of a group of brave Scottish women and a North Carolina man, miniature golf is accessible to the general public, and it is played all over the world by people of all ages and denominations.