Miniature golf born in Pinehurst nearly 100 years ago

It’s common knowledge Pinehurst is the home of golf in America, but did you know the nation’s first miniature golf course was built here?

James Barber constructed the course in 1918.

According to the Feb. 2, 1918 edition of the Pinehurst Outlook, the first people to play the course were the ladies of the Advertising Golf League on Jan. 26, 1918.

The article states: “For some time now Mr. Barber has been laying out and perfecting a miniature golf links winding in and out among the shrubbery and paths of his place — a kind of glorified and elongated putting green, with obstacles to be negotiated with a well pitched mashie shot, and bends and curves calling for nice and discriminating slices and pulls.”

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The story goes that upon first seeing it, Barber proclaimed, “This’ll Do.” It was translated into Thistle Dhu and the name stuck.

Nearly a century later, Thistle Dhu returned to Pinehurst. 

The 18-hole putting course is designed to entertain everyone from the golfing beginner to the scratch player.

Click here to find out more about the putting course.

Thisle Dhu Vintage 1920

This photo of Thistle Dhu appeared in the 1920 edition of Country Life.

 

 

 

 

 

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