Do You Call It Putt-Putt or Mini-Golf?

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Last year when we were in Orlando, Logan asked one morning if we could go play “Putty-putt.” And Kora asked a little while later if we were going to play “Golf-golf.” They had us laughing. We did get a chance to go and had a great time, complete with holes-in-one all around!

Disney World Summerland WinterlandWhen we paid for our clubs and balls I was talking to the kids and said something about playing “putt-putt.” The cashier corrected me with a somewhat stern look and said, “You mean mini-golf.”

Putt PuttI then realized when I searched online for putt-putt places everything was called mini-golf.

It got me thinking. Has it always been called mini-golf? Is putt-putt a term my family uses or is it what mini-golf used to be called?

What do you think? Do you call it “putt-putt” or “mini-golf?” 


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  1. Julie Wood says:

    I only call it mini golf. I have never heard of putt putt until today. I think calling it putt putt is cute though and see nothing wrong with calling it this. Mini Golf is always a hit in my house!

  2. We love playing putt-putt!!

  3. judy gardner says:

    what a great course! we call it putt-putt.

  4. I personally call it mini-golf, but I’ve heard it both ways. It doesn’t bother me one way or another, and frankly I think it’s silly to correct someone who calls it something different.

  5. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    We used to call it Putt Putt when we were kids, but I’ve been hearing Mini Golf for a long time now. I haven’t played a game in years!

  6. amanda assencoa says:

    we call it putt putt and i stink at this game! lol but still so much fun

  7. I call it mini-golf but putt-putt is soo much cuter! and makes seem even more fun! I’m lousy at real golf, not much better at putt-putt! but this is a nice one!!!

  8. Olivia Rubin says:

    Haven’t seen that in years! I would always got there in my day off from Disney, I worked at the Magic Kindgom and just found it hilarious to pose amongst the snow while in shorts and a tee. I call it miniature golf.

  9. Mini Golf has always been a favorite past time for me and my son, tons of fun.

  10. Kate F. says:

    I’ve always called it miniature golf.

  11. Mini-golf!

  12. Sarah L says:

    For the last 50 years I’ve been calling it putt-putt. Who knows what PR person decided to change the name.

  13. Austin Baroudi says:

    I call it mini golf and I love it! We bring our daughter to the local mini golf place all the time. She always has a blast. The only bad thing about the place we go to is it’s really small but still it’s really fun.

  14. Oh, I love Putt-putt golf. Haven’t been in far too long.

  15. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    I from Southwest Ohio about 40 miles Southeast if Cincinnati and we call it Putt-Putt Golf. I think different parts of the country call it different things. Some call Miniature Golf.

    There use to be a chain of Miniature Golf Courses call Putt-Putt Golf in and around this area.

  16. We call it minature golf.

  17. Stacey Burke says:

    I have always called in putt-putt … played many rounds while on vacation as a kid near Myrtle Beach!!

  18. this would be fun

  19. Jennifer Marie says:

    Hmm..I think I have used both terms, but I think I say mini golf more.

  20. Always miniature golf for us.

  21. Heather says:

    I never thought about it, but I grew up (in Missouri) calling it putt-putt. Maybe it’s regional?

  22. Tammy S says:

    We have always called it mini-golf. Maybe it’s called different names in different areas.

  23. Brandy says:

    We’re a split household!

  24. sandra davis says:

    we have always called in mini golf. and its so much fun with the kids.

  25. Christina says:

    We call it both… I always called it putt-putt when I was growing up (grew up mainly in New England, moved to Florida in my late teens).

  26. Maralea says:

    We call it putt putt, however, I like Kora’s name of golf golf better! Too cute!

  27. We call it mini golf

  28. Wanda McHenry says:

    I call it putt-putt

  29. I’ve heard it called putt-putt before, but we always called it mini-golf when I was a kid growing up in Maine :) Our family loved to go, especially when we were on our yearly beach weekend vacation.

  30. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Have Always Called It Putt-Putt

  31. Jane (eJ) says:

    In our area, New York City,it’s always been called , mini golf.

  32. Sandy VanHoey says:

    What? I have always called it putt putt golf…I didn’t know this. Guess you learn something new everday. I grew up in Michigan and I heard everyone calling it putt putt golf….hmmmm

  33. This made me laugh. We have this discussion almost every time we go to play. I really think Putt-putt is like a brand name for mini-golf. Like the corporation called “putt-putt” used to own all the mini-golf places so everyone called it putt-putt. Personally, we call it mini-golf if it looks like a little golf course with water traps and sand traps, but we call it putt-putt if it is goofy with windmills and such.

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