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When the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NJTHA) took control of Monmouth Park from the state last year, they immediately set to thinking up ways to turn the money-losing but legendary racetrack into more of a tourist destination.

Live music, carnival rides, a water park and even a sports-betting parlor have been planned for the Jersey Shore racetrack.

But the first new addition that John Forbes, head of the NJTHA, installed at Monmouth was the Bluegrass Mini-Golf Course, a world-class 36-hole putt-putt course.

For most people, miniature golf is a joke, a kid’s game, something that involves windmills and giant papier-mâché dinosaurs. For Forbes, miniature golf is serious business.

His vision for Bluegrass Mini-Golf was not just a kitschy tourist attraction, but a course that could stand among the greatest miniature golf courses in the world. It appears he has accomplished that feat.

In 2014, the U.S. Pro Mini-Golf Open will be held at Bluegrass Mini-Golf at Monmouth Park.

Bob Detwiler, president of the U.S. Pro Mini-Golf Association, which organizes the event, told the New Jersey Star-Ledger that he felt this would be their best U.S. Open ever.

“We like the course and we love the area,” Detwiler said.

Bluegrass Mini Golf has two 18-hole courses, Blue and Green, and each hole is named for a different champion racehorse. From the 11 winners of the Triple Crown to local favorite Bodacious Tatas, every hole includes a plaque that details that horse’s accomplishments and career.

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Competitors in the U.S. Open should be weary of the second hole on the Green Course, however. Forbes told the Star-Ledger that nobody has ever sunk a hole-in-one on that one. Not even Forbes himself. That’s saying a lot. Besides having won thousands of races as a horseman, Forbes has played mini-golf all over the world. And he’s sunk a hole-in-one on every other hole at Bluegrass.

So look alive, putt putt champs, on that second hole!

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David Hill

David Hill is a writer, an agitator, a comedian and a gambler. He grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas near the Oaklawn Park. Today he lives in New York City. Further reading at fixintofight.tumblr.com.

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David Hill

David Hill is a writer, an agitator, a comedian and a gambler. He grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas near the Oaklawn Park. Today he lives in New York City. Further reading at fixintofight.tumblr.com.

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