Night Hawk Golf Center

Hole 11 at Night Hawk Golf Center in Gambrills features a water fountain. (Courtesy of Night Hawk Golf Center / April 1, 2004)

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