May
30
2009
It’s A Monster! Golf, That Is.
By Stephanie Wei under General

Have you noticed the rise of weird, avant-garde sports? A developing trend is taking a traditional sport and making it into some sort of art – a la Claes Oldenburg – and everybody’s doing it.

When I read this, it reminded me of Monster Golf. What the heck is that, you ask? It’s a children’s plastic golf set, which comes complete with an over-sized wedge (a rather heavy one, mind you) and inflatable rubber ball. The game is like art in the sense that you can set up your own course, make your own rules and play just about anywhere. There aren’t any limits or real boundaries.

I first encountered the game while I was a senior in college. During a study session that went into the wee hours of the morning, my friends and I took a little breather. Out of nowhere, one of them broke out a Monster Golf set. I thought it was a some kind of joke and I scoffed at the idea – I mean, I was a serious golfer. But my friends talked me into it and I gave it a try. To my disbelief, it was fun.

We set up a 5-hole “course” around a courtyard. I striped my first tee shot, but it landed in a puddle. Free drop, right? Nope, one stroke penalty and drop no closer to the hole. Fine. (Apparently I wasn’t listening when my friends decided it was a water hazard.) On the next hole, I drop kicked it so bad, or should I say so well, that it hit a tree 10 yards left and bounced back into the “fairway.” Just call me Doug Flutie.

If you like golf and don’t have the time (or patience) to play a 4-5 hour round or the spare change these days, stop by your local Walmart and pick-up a Monster Golf set. You can find it in the children’s toys aisle.