Remember when the ball soared off onto another hole, or smacked the arm of the windmill, or when you got that tricky hole-in-one? Was it Pirate’s Cove? Hillbilly Golf? Goofy Golf? For many families, memorable moments have been made at the wacky and wonderful miniature golf courses found at vacation spots throughout America.

Miniature golf began in 1925 at Tom Thumb Golf on Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee, and it has always been most popular in the southeast. We are pleased to announce the publication of The Minibook of Minigolf, the latest book by Tim Hollis. This little book takes you on a wacky and wonderful tour through southern states and classic American memories.

“Tim Hollis hits a hole in one in this beautiful and entertaining look at America’s miniature golf courses.”—Brian Rucker, author of Treasures of the Panhandle

“I can’t wait to add this fun little book to my collection. Hollis makes the world of miniature golf come to life with unique vintage postcards and photos.”—Rick Kilby, author of Finding the Fountain of Youth

Vintage photos and current-day snapshots feature the dinosaurs, kangaroos, octopusi, ghosts, mermaids, dragons, and other outlandish monsters that bear witness to the game while rocket ships, chapels, teepees, lighthouses, and castles adorn the field. Some courses wind around rocks and trees in the woods. Others are beachside, roadside, or even rooftop. But they are all painted in zany hues and cleverly devised by miniature golf designers. Take a look at some of the fun photos and advertisements from The Minibook of Minigolf!

Tim Hollis is the author of twenty-five books chronicling various aspects of popular culture and history, including Part of a Complete Breakfast: Cereal Characters of the Baby Boom Era, Wish You Were Here: Classic Florida Motel and Restaurant Advertising, and Selling the Sunshine State: A Celebration of Florida Tourism Advertising. Says Hollis, “I enjoy seeing such documentation because it reminds me of my own past, but there are probably those who are too young to remember it personally and just enjoy it because they think it looks funky!”


Thursday, April 30, 6:00 p.m.

West Florida Public Library

239 N. Spring St., Pensacola, Florida

Book talk & signing


Saturday, May 2, 2:00 p.m.

Bay County Public Library

898 W. 11th St., Panama City, Florida

Book talk & signing


Seaside logo with nameThe Minibook of Minigolf is the latest book from Seaside Publishing, an imprint of the University Press of Florida. For more books from Seaside Publishing, visit

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