Kiel ChristiansonThis Week at Dec. 12, 2006

Putt-PuttŪ guards name against golf writer's effort to help paralyzed golfers

The saying goes that you learn something new every day and sure enough, not long after I wrote a blog about a miniature golf course for paralyzed kids being built in Louisiana, I learned something new.

Several things, really.

You see, I inadvertently referred to the new facility as a "putt-putt" course. Growing up, my family used all sorts of terms for miniature golf: "mini-golf," "miniature golf," "putt-putt," "crazy golf," and occasionally, "a silly waste of money."

Then I received a letter from a Melanie Johnson, marketing manager of Putt-Putt, LLC. It turns out that Putt-PuttŪ is a registered trademark, which, she informed me, the company has been carefully protecting since 1958.

The Putt-PuttŪ folks have been building and managing facilities around the globe for nearly 50 years now and the brand should not, Melanie explained, be used generically.

In her letter to me, she wrote, "Putt-PuttŪ is a trademarked name for a patented type of miniature golf. Putt-PuttŪ golf features carefully designed and copyrighted holes. The thing that distinguishes Putt-PuttŪ courses from any other mini-golf courses is that each copyrighted hole is a carefully designed Par 2, and a skillfully played shot can result in a hole-in-one. From it's founding in 1954, the game of Putt-PuttŪ has been based on skill."

See? There are lots of things just in this paragraph alone that I didn't know. For one, you apparently can't just go scattering windmills around haphazardly around a mini-golf course.

I also had no idea my 8-year-old daughter's ability to sink a hole-in-one every few holes was based on her skill, especially when she regularly does so while giggling hysterically with her friends as she's putting. I should try that on a real course, I guess.

So, I stand corrected (and so does my blog, which has been amended to describe the course in Metairie as "miniature golf"). Melanie asked very politely, "Please refrain from use of the trademark 'Putt-PuttŪ' in any future articles, unless writing specifically about one of our Putt-PuttŪ locations," and I will comply.

It was never my intention to misrepresent a non-profit organization of autistic children who are building a miniature golf course for paralyzed, wheelchair-bound golfers that would in any way confuse them with Putt-PuttŪ.

For inadvertently doing so, I apologize sincerely to the autistic kids.

As always, welcomes your comments.

Travel Golf Vegas - Las Vegas Best Desert Golf

Las Vegas Best Desert Golf Enjoy 3 rounds of golf at the Bear's Best Golf Club, Dragon Ridge CC, Rio Secco Golf Club starting from $749.

Call Now! 1-800-767-3574
Visit our Specials page for further details >>

True Blue PlantationTrue Blue Plantation a true
love for Myrtle Beach golfers

True Blue Plantation opened to great acclaim but the owners soon realized average golfers weren't coming back - it was just too hard. So they brought back designer Mike Strantz to tame the beast. The result is a course that tests your game constantly while rarely frustrating you with its demands. Every hole requires thought and either power and precision, and sometimes a combination of both. True Blue combines one of the most enjoyable tests of golf with beautiful surroundings.

Also: The perfect Central Myrtle Beach golf itinerary

Scottsdale Golf Packages - Southern Arizona Trail

Torres Blancas Stay 3 nights at Tubac Golf Resort Golf at Tubac Golf Club, Canoa Ranch, Torres Blancas starting from $525

Call Now! 1-800-767-3574
Visit our Specials page for more info>>

Golfing tips with Mel SoleTip: Try a bucket of water
to improve your weight shift

For us golfers who struggle with weight shift during our swing, instructor Mel Sole says fixing the problem is as simple as adding water. Sole's method involves taking a full golf swing while imagining you are holding a bucket of water. The premise is simple: if you can make a full swing without tipping the water bucket onto yourself, your weight transfer is shifting appropriately. Check out Sole's step-by-step approach in this lesson.

Spotlight: The International Junior Golf Academy

Dave Berner's PodcastFairway metals: A dying breed?
Golf in Georgia's Golden Isles;
part 2 with 'Plane Truth' author
Jim Hardy; attracting lady golfers

Fairway metals are disappearing from the golf bags across the country, blogger RonMon tells host Dave Berner. Is the end near? And Georgia's barrier islands boast fine golf, including the Sea Island Resort. Plus: Best-selling golf instructor and author Jim Hardy returns for part 2 of his interview.

Also: Subscribe to the podcast via RSS

CLIENT FEATUREHilton Garden Inn - Florida

New Hilton Garden Inn at
PGA Village in Port St. Lucie,
Fla. features classic Palm
Beach design and style

Hilton Garden Inn has announced the opening of the 130-room Hilton Garden Inn at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. – built to mirror Florida's classic Palm Beach style – landscaped with lush, tropical plants and close to the beach. "This is our first hotel in Florida and we are looking forward to providing guests with the ultimate accommodations and service," says Michael A. Barnard, Jr., president of Pacifica Hotel Company.

Also: Get daily golf-industry updates via e-mail

La Quinta Golf Packages
Dates: February 14, 2017 - December 31, 2018
Experience golf at a whole new level! Enjoy all La Quinta Resort & PGA WEST have to offer, with our Stay & Play Package.
Price range: $329