This Saturday morning, Medieval Fantasy Mini-Golf will be holding its Mini-Masters Invitational charity tournament to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey. About 70 mini-golfers will be vying to see whose putter rules the island, and the winner takes home bragging rights and a 42 inch HDTV. For those who won't be playing but still want to help raise funds for a good cause, there will also be a silent auction with some great items held during the tournament.
But how does one prepare for a mini-golf tournament? Well, as one of the chosen few who scored an invite, I'll give you a behind scenes look at how one preps for a mini-golf tournament. Just don't tell anyone else playing Saturday my secrets...
- Find out you actually qualified. The list of who qualified went up on Saturday, a whole before the tournament but I didn't find I made the cut until Wednesday night. This really cuts into your prep time.
- Fill your iPod with inspirational sports music. If movies have taught us anything, its that you can't train for a sporting event without a good soundtrack. That's why my iPod is fully stocked with such classics as The Rocky Theme, Eye of the Tiger, & the old NBA on NBC Theme John Tesh wrote.
- Practice, Practice, Practice. I'm gonna be spending a lot of time up at 13th and the boardwalk between now and Saturday morning. You obviously need to get to know every inch of the course. Medieval Mini-Golf is a very fun but challenging course. The course record is an 8-under par 32; I've played courses where I've gone 8-under on the front 9!
- Won't that break your wallet? No. Medieval Mini-golf offers half off your second round of mini-golf if played on the same day. All you have to do is show them your receipt! Also, they have this fun promotion where if you buy one of their novelty golf balls, which you get to keep, everytime you bring it when you play you get a discount! Mine looks like a baseball.
- But you can't spend ALL your time at the course. They close, right? Yes, they do close. That's when your bring out your own putter, a ball, and a drinking glass turned on its side.
- Is the mini-golf dress code like the PGA dress code? No. You don't have to dress like Payne Stewart. You get to if you want to. Me, I will be wearing my purple Bonded Babysitters t-shirt.
- Is real golf harder than mini-golf? No. How do I know this? Simple. I am play golf and mini-golf. But when's the last time you've seen Rory McIlroy putting for a free game?
See everyone out there Saturday!