For the long golfing season ahead--and in the wake of Tiger's generally poor showing and Jim Furyk's F-up at the 16th tee of a difficult US Open--professional and amateur golfers alike have been scouring the Internet for ways to improve their swing techniques, driving power, and precision. The Miniature Book of Miniature Golf will be of no service in these pursuits. But for those of us who just like to have diversions at work and toys on our desks, it's a decent way to pass the time between coffee and lunch breaks.
A thick cardboard book with 18 pages of mini golf course designs, The Miniature Book of Miniature Golf equips players with a tiny plastic putter and even tinier metal balls (counting down the seconds until they get lost) for 9 holes of fingertip Putt-Putt. Each duo of pages presents a challenge of winding cutouts, grooves, and obstacles leading to a hole that drops through to the next part of the course. Hole designs are based on actual mini golf courses, with the Hole 9 grand finale sporting a quintessential clown's mouth as its bullseye.