In 2009, three young chaps found themselves on an abandoned miniature golf course in Spooner, Wisconsin. A friendly game quickly turned competitive and an annual camping trip became what is today the longest mini golf tournament ever played.  

 

Our Story

Friendships are not a given. They are not always easy. They can not forced. 
They are beautiful. They should be coveted. When lively, they are at their best. 

When these three chaps think about what's become a historic miniature golf tournament, they think about friendship. They think about coming together as a group to laugh about the items that only they would find funny, to talk about life and career aspirations, and to talk about the important things in life that define them as individuals. 

As stated above the group decided after college that each year they'd make time for a camping trip. However, the camping trip quickly evolved in the backwoods of northern Wisconsin when a friendly competition was discovered. Over the first three years they discover the random, lucky and skillful joys of one of America's great pastimes. The collision of a small stone and ball as it bounces out of bounds, the ball rolling around the rim of the cup, or the hard knock as a ball bounces off a barrier are all familiar sounds on their annual trips - but more than that are the chirping birds, echoes of laughter, and fleeting moments of absolute freedom that help set the narrative of what it's like to live in the United State of America.

The group has looped around beautiful Lake Tahoe, saw the beauty of middle America in Kansas City, explored the historic port city of San Francisco and has mini golfed alongside both coasts of the U.S. in San Diego and Maine. All through one of America's unique pastimes - putt putt golf. We invite you to follow our journey here on our website and on our instagram @theminigolfguys. More importantly, we urge you to go talk to those you are closest with and start your own tradition of getting together for planned gatherings. 


The Mini Golf Guys

Meet the three guys from Anoka, Minnesota who started it all.

Michael Babcock  is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Finlandia University. Taking after his hockey roots, Michael's golf style involves hunching over a child's putter swing it like a hockey stick.

Michael Babcock is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Finlandia University. Taking after his hockey roots, Michael's golf style involves hunching over a child's putter swing it like a hockey stick.

Tony Haakenson   is   a International Tax Manager at Grant Thornton. Tony currently holds the   tournament records for the highest number of state wins and the lowest overall stroke count.

Tony Haakenson is a International Tax Manager at Grant Thornton. Tony currently holds the tournament records for the highest number of state wins and the lowest overall stroke count.

Alex Cram   is   the Chief Technology Officer at Track Technologies. Alex has consistently used a red ball helping him stay sharp in second place.

Alex Cram is the Chief Technology Officer at Track Technologies. Alex has consistently used a red ball helping him stay sharp in second place.


THE Rules We follow

  • A maximum of 6 strokes per hole are allowed to be recorded.
  • Any putts after 6 strokes will not be recorded but will result in a plus (+) for that golfer for that hole.
  • In the case of a tie, the player with the least number of total pluses (+) will be crowned winner. If the pluses are also a tie the last hole will be played over and again until there is a winner.
  • No balls may be marked or moved until all players have played their first put on any particular hole.
  • Any debris can not be moved on a hole. We play the courses as they are, fully.
  • A 1 stroke penalty is given to a player who moves their ball from out of bounds back to the green.
  • Local course rules trump most rules.