Charlie Forbes needed a lot of practice to beat his wife at miniature golf, so he decided to get his own course. And after six years of owning Tee Time Family Golf on Joppa Road, he says he still can't win, but he's definitely gotten better. Pro Miniature Golf Association champion Tom Frederickson says he started playing the game to improve his putting in actual golf and has ultimately become a minigolf guru.
Both Forbes and Frederickson ventured into the world of miniature golf with separate agendas, but both agree on the game's appeal to many types of people.
"We have little kids as young as 3 years old picking up clubs to play," Forbes said, also mentioning a summer league whose members came from their retirement home. "It appeals to all ages."
While playing in minigolf tournaments, Frederickson says he comes across college kids looking for a little competition and some older guys who want to keep up their putting during the winter months.
"Miniature golf is a fun game," he said. "I am sure that most of us got a small taste of the fun of it when we were kids. It was a great way to get outdoors and have a little fun. I think it's safe to say that some of us have a hard time giving up that childhood connection."
Whether you're a kid or a kid at heart, check out LIVE's guide to some courses that are sure to get you into the swing of spring.
Arundel Golf Park
1501 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie
Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Cost: Adults $4.75; children 12 and under $3.75; seniors $4
For more information, call 410-761-1295 or visit www. arundelgolf.com.
Elkton Golf and Batting Center
390 E. Pulaski Highway, Elkton
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Adults $4.50; children 10 and under $3.50
For more information, call 410-392-7888.
Hereford Golf Center
17110 York Road, Parkton
Hours: 10 a.m.-dark
Cost: Adults $5; children 12 and under $4
For more information, call 410-329-6236.
Laurel Golf and Recreation
9801 Fort Meade Road, Laurel
Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Adults $6; children 12 and under $4
For more information, call 301-725-4646.
Night Hawk Golf Center
814 Route 3 South, Gambrills
Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Adults $4; children 10 and under $2.75
For more information, call 410-721-9349 or visit www. nighthawkgolfcenter.com.
Pasadena Golf Center
4358 Mountain Road, Pasadena
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Adults $5.50; children 13 and under $4.75
For more information, call 410-439-4653 or visit www. pasadenagolfcenter.com.
Putt Putt Fun Center
416 Constant Friendship Blvd., Abingdon
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-midnight Friday through Sunday
Cost: Adults $5; children 6 and under $2.50
For more information, call 410-569-4700.
Rocky Gorge 4 Seasons
8445 Old Columbia Road, Laurel
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $4 unlimited play before 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; $6 after 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday
For more information, call 301-725-0888 or visit www. rockygorgegolf.com.
Severna Park Golf Center
1257 Ritchie Highway, Arnold
Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Adults $4.25; children 9 and under $3
For more information, call 410-647-8618 or visit www.spgc.net.
Tee Time Family Golf
4123 E. Joppa Road, Perry Hall
Cost: Adults $4.50; children 5 and under $3.50
For hours and more information call 410-529-1090 or visit www.teetimefamilygolf.com.