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' w-. H. SEAGRAVE.
INDOOR GOLF GAME.
w. H. SEAGRAVL INDOOR GOLF GAME.
. v APPLICATlON FILED FEB- 6, |919. 1,334,176. v
Patented Mar. 16,1920.
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To all 'whom it may concern.'
` vBe it known that I, WALTER H. SEAGRAVE, a citizen of the United States, residing at Cleveland, in the county of Cuyahoga and State of Ohio, have invented a certain new and useful Im rovement 'in Indoor-Golf Games, of whic -the following is a full, clear, and exact description.
This inventionirela'tes to an indoor golf game, and has for its principal object to I provide a game byv which an entire golf course, either real or imaginary, can be cluding a part suitably made to represent a fraction of the course out of which the different holes of the course can be made or reproduced as to` the length ofthe hole and the various hazards and bunkers which occur on a given course. j
[A still further object is rto provide an.in door golf game whichcan be played under conditions lvery nearly the same as those governing :the playing )fof an actual golf course. c
A still further object is to provide an indoor golf ame wherein the number of strokes required to make a' given hole or a particular hole of a given course, or the number of strokes required to play the entire course will depend not altogether on the element of chance, butto a considerable extent on the judgment ofthe player, based on actual playing experience gained on a re ular outdoor golf'course. ,f
hese objects are attained very yeffectively by'an indoor golf game apparatus including a board representing a portion of a course and including an adjustable or movable putting green and adjustable or movable hazards and bunkers so thatfall the different holes of;l --the course can be reproduced, togetherA with a device for ldetermin- A ing the distance per stroke, this device be-F ing preferably formedof a spinner including a disk divided with reference to the center thereof both radially and circumferentially, formin concentric annular spaces cach for adi erent olf club, andeach divided circumferential y into distance spaces ,whereby the ninber of lyards-'made at a given stroke will 'be determined bythe stoppinglpf the indicator, and the particular club'which the' piayerha's Senate having in mind the-distance from the hole and then particular physical conditions of the space Y between his ball and thehole. l -v s;
The invention may be briefly summarized as consisting in certain novel combinations and arrangements of parts which will be described in the specification and set forth in the accompanying claims. 4
In the accompanying sheets of drawings, Figure 1 is aperspective view of the board marked and designated'to repre ent' a portion 'of a course capable of bein adapted as to the length of the hole, hazar s and bunkers, etc., to all the 'different holes of the course, this view showin also the movable putting green on the ve undred yard line, and showing between the tee and the green a bunker and also a hazard in representation of a stream; Fi 2 is a plan view of a portion of the same illustrating how different hazards and bunkers may be utilized,
the middle of the board and the so-calledv rough along the margins. The fair-wa is indicated at 11 and the rough at 12.` his board 'representing the course, will beJ of suitable length so that there can be reproduced one hole of generally the maximum length encountered. in -a golf course, that shown in the drawing bein six hundred ards. This board is prefera ly in sections,
inged together at 13, four sections being` here shown, softhat it can be conveniently and compactly folded up when not in use.
At one end of the course represented on the board is a fixed `tee' 14, and from this tee to the op osite end of the board the course is mark off in paralleldista'nce lines 15, the distance between the lines representin ,five or tenyards asmay be desired, wit
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certain regularly occurring lines, i'n \this case, ftyyards apart, marked with distance figures. Extending forwardly from l'the' tee to A'the oppo ite end of the board,
through the fairway 1, are parallel lines 16, four of i which fare preferably employed,
these lines indicating' the course of the balls along the board .from the tee to the put,- ting'green, wherever itl may7 be located.
17 represents the movab e putting green which may be, and preferably is, printed in a different color than the fairway, and is preferably in the form of a pad or plate' which can be Vpositioned at any point along the course, or at an distance from 'the tee, thus enabling the di erent holes of the course to be reproduced, as far as distance from the tee is concerned. In Fig. 1 the puttin reen is shown on the iive hundred-yar line, and in Fi 2 itis shown on the four hundred-yard line, Fig. 1 therefore representing a five hundred-yard hole, and Fig. 2 a four hundred-yard hole. It will be understood that in playin a known or re Ilar course the green wil be changed a er each hole is played in accordance with the length of the next hole occurring on the COUTS@- substantially the bunken In Fig. 2 there is a bunker atl l approximately one -hundred and ten yards There may I-n order that the physical conditions, or ph sical conditions formed or presented by bunkers and hazards may be reproduced on the board, for all the different holes in a course, I provide a series of plates or strips 18, which can be placed across the fairway, or on the fairway, at any point thereon, and these pieces will be marked or rintcd'in representation of the usual wcll-- -nown hazards and bunkers actually found in practice. For example, in Fig. 1 there is shown at 'a proximate y one hundred and fifty yards rom the tee a hazard representing a stream, and at approximately three Ahundred and seventy yards from the tee a from the tee, a hazard in representation of a railroad track at approximately two hundred yards from vthe tee, and a sand trap adjacent the putting green approximately three .and these concentric spaces which arepreferably reproduced in .different or contrasting colors, eachpertainingfto a givenclub. be-.any number of these spaces depending on-ltbe number Jf clubs used, six
' s being here shown. For example, the outer 'be used when the player selects a driver for annular space 2Q between the edge of the diskand the first circle pertains to, or' is to miss, which in ordinary play may Athe gaine be so avail himself of jranged a given stroke,
the next circle to be used say for the brassy; the nextcircle for the mid iron; the next circle for the mashy; the next circle for the mashy-niblick or niblick; and
the innermost space pertaining to the use ofy is divided circumferentially by radial lines into what may be termed distance spaces, in each o'f which will be printed a distance secured bythe particular club. I prefer that the space or distance covered in the different vslrokes and with the different clubs,.except t e putter, be divided into two portions, namely, the Hight throu h the air and the roll in simulation as near y as ossible of the flight and roll of a ball actuailly Kdriven by a club, or it may provide for "the Hight or roll alone. For' example, ii'i "one of the substantially rectangular spaces devoted to the driver, there mayappearth/e words.Carry 140 and Roll 15, indicating that the ball has been struck by the driver so that it fliesV through the air for one hundred and forty.
yards before touchingthe ground, and there` after is rolled lfifteen, yards, the distance given for each club v ryi-ng from substantially the maximum d stance to an lctual e secured b -the use of that club. 'By thus dividing thedistance obtainedata stroke linto Hight or 'carry and ll, the bunkers and hazards are made nearly as effective as in actual practice or playing.
There ma also be spaces in which will be indicated vW ether or not the ball has been completely missed by the player, andalso lwhether the ball has been driven ofi' thc -fairwainto the rough, for which there will be a given penalty prescribed by the rules of -the game. Also there may -be spaces markedl to; indicate that the player has his ball in one stroke, though I prefer that layed that the player may cling his ball in one stroke onlywhen the ball is at a less distance from -the hole than the maximum. distance given bythe use of the club.
so that it may be spu oled l 120 i v Pivoted at the center of the disk, and aror revolved over the disk. is a spinner or in ica'tor shown at 26. As willbe ap arent, the player in o1. der to advance his all, `first mustdeclare whichclub he intends to use,having due-consideration to the distance that his ballr lies from the hole, and the lay of his ball with l there may be, between hisball and the hole.
reference tothe bunkers or hazards if such The player thenspins or whirls the spinner,
and where thejspmnerstops', the space un-' der it will represent the distance secured by the player.
In playing the game there will also be 'used 'in connection with the parts above described, asimple papier-.mch golf ball 27, iat on one side, or some other object which will represent the ball itself, and which is to be moved by the player along the course chosen by him, the player moving the ball at each stroke the distance to which he` is entitled by the use of the spinnen-It will be` understood that each player has his own ball, and will advance it along one of the lines 16, which lines are indicated just beyond the tee by the letters A, B, C and D, the particular course illustrated, beingpar ticularly adapted to be played byone to four players at the same time.
The above described game is played in` they following-manner by one or more players: Assuming that a known course is be'- ing played, and assuming that the first hole of the course i's, for examplefour hundred and `forty yards in length, the putting green 17 will rst'be placedkon the our hundred and forty yard une of the t there Will be 1placed across, or in the fairway, such bun ers and hazards which in the actual course Aexists in the first hole of the course being' played, the appropriate bunkers and hazards' being selected from the series wih which 'the game is provided, andthese wil be placed between the tee and the i lgreenywhe're, orapproximatel where' they occur along the first hole of t e course be# ing played. The player will` then elect to use the driver, which would, of course,"be the iirst cured in the first stro club used in actually playing a hole four hundred and forty "yards in length, and upon lwhirling the spinner the distancesestopping of the spinner with 'reference to the outer circle or distance spaces adjacent the outer edge ofthe spinner disk 19. Let
it be assumed that he secured a drive of ',two` hundred-and twenty yards including the flight and roll. He will then advance his ball along one of the lines A, B, C or-D as the case may be, to the two hundred and twenty Ward line. An experienced player would then select a brassy, and upon whirlv `-in the spinner, the distance secured with 'this club vwill be determined by the stopping. ofthe spinner with reference -to the `Asecond circle 21. Let it be assumed that on this stroke he has secured a distance of one hundred and eighty-five yards, including the flight and roll, he will then advance his ball to the four hundred and live yard line.
oard 1Q, and
e is determined by theV vLet it be assumed that the player next elects 'distance of thirty-five yards. This stroke would then advance the ball onto the putt- -ing green. On again whirling the spinner,
if it stops upon the word ,I-Iole in one of thev spaces of the innermost circle, or in the putting space, he has made the hole in four strokes.v If, however, it stops on thev word Putt he mustl keep on whlrlingun- Vtil he holes out, counting a stroke for each time he whirls the spinner. l When the game is being playedI by more than one player, the players will alternately to use a mashy, and on again whirling the spinner,-'let it be assumed that the stopping of the needle or indicator with reference to the circle 23, rwas such that he secured .a
work the spinner and advance their respective'balls 1n accordance with the distances secured, that player whose ball lis farthest fromv the hole ,first spinning, as in actual In the above description', in describing, the course of the ball for the first hole, wherein the player .holed'out in four strokes,
.it has been assumed that the ballin its -lightand roll encountered neither a bunker nor a hazard. The rules and penalty govv erning a ball which strikesj'or .rolls into a. bunker or hazard as near as possible will" be similar `to tho'se covering the playing of an actual course. IShould the ball strike or roll/into a water hazard, it should loe/cartried back to the next five yard line, with a penalty of one stroke. Should the bally strike or` roll into abunker or sand trap, the ball is stopped there, the player playing out b Q using either a niblick or mashyniblic the requirement that he use such club under the'circumstances, beingfthepenalty for laying into the bunker or sand trap as t e case may be. Provision may' out 'of bounds, in which case alty will be provided.
After all the players playing the game,
a" suitable pen- (assuming that there are more than one) have holed their balls, the boardwill be also be made'for playing into the rough or preparedv forl the next hole, the putting j green being placed an appropriate distance The game will then be While I have shown the preferred form of my invention, I do not desire to be conication may be made in'coniiguration and vminor details of construction, and I aim il;l
finedl to the precise details shown, as modimy claims to cover all modifications which do not involve a departure from the spirit and scope of my invention in its broad aspects.
Having described my invention, I claim-r.
l. An indoor golf game comprising a playing board marked in representation of a fraction of a golf.y course, and provided' with a part representing a tee and apart representing a putting green, one 'of the latter being movable along the course with reference to the other so as to adapt the board for different holes varying in length of a golf course. v v
2. An indoor golf game comprising a board marked in representation of a fraction of ay golf course with distance spaces along the same, and. provided with a fixed tee, and a putting green movable along the course toward and from the tee, whereby the different holes of varying lengths of a golf course may be reproduced one after the other.
3. An indoor golf game comprising ya playing board marked in representation of a fraction of a golf course, and provided with a part representing a tee and a part representing a putting green, onegof the latter being movable along the course with reference to the other, and a-plurality of movable devices in vrepresentation of bunkers and hazards adapted to be placed y across the board at different locations with respect to the tee and putting green, whereby the`diil'erent holes of agolf course as regards their length, and character and loy produced.
4. An indoor golf game comprising a playing board marked -in representation of and provided with a part representing a tee and a part representing a puttingl green, one of the latter being movable along the course with reference to the other so as to adapt the board for diierent holes varying in length 'oi'a golf course, together with a device for determining distance for each stroke.
5. An indoor ,golf game comprising a 'board marked in representation of a fraction of a golfv course with distance spaces along the same, and provided with a iiXed tee, and a putting greenmovable along the course toward andfrom the tee, whereby the different holes of varying lengths of a golf course may be reproduced one after the other, incombination with means by which the distance secured per stroke is determined.l
6. In an indoor -golf game,- a board appropriately marked in representation of aA fraction, of a golf course and rovided` at one end with a fixed tee and with `a movable putting green which may be positioned at different distances from the tee, whereby the different holes varyingin length of a golf course may be successively reproduced, and a pluralit of movable devices in representation of I unkers and hazards adapted to be placed. across the board between the tee and the putting green at piredetermined distances therefrom, and an 1n` dicating device by which the distance per spinner type having a disk divided' circumferentially and radially into spaces or divisions, the divisions in one direction' per'- taining to different golf clubs, and those in the other. direction representing different Y distances secured by the dii'erent clubs.
8. In an indoor golf game, a playing board marked with a fixed tee and distance lines in representation ofthe fraction of a golf:l course and provided with a movable part representing a putting green adapted to be placed at selected points alongA the board and at different distances from the tee, whereby the different holes of a golf course may be reproduced one after the other, in combination with a spinner comprising a disk marked by concentric circles y into spaces which pertain to given golf cation of bunkers and hazards may berev tion of a golf course and provided with a Xed tee, a part representing a `movable putting green adapted to be positioned' at various distances from the tee, and movable e parts representing hazardsand bunkers adapted to \be placed at different locations with respect to the tee and utting green, whereby the different holes ci) a golf course as regards their length, and character and location'of bunkers and hazards may be reproduced, together with a device including a part divided into spaces marked to indicate various distances, andan indicating device coperating therewith to indicate the distance secured at each play or stroke.
10. In an indoor golf" game, a playing board marked in representation of. a fraction of a golf course and provided with a fixed tee, a part re resenting a movable putting green adapte to be positioned at various distances from the tee, and movable parts representing hazards and bunkers adapted to be placed at diierent locations with respect to the tee and putting green,
whereby the different holes of va golf course as regards their length, and character and location of bunkers and hazards may be reproduced, together with an indicating device comprising a disk divided into concentric circles, each pertaming to a, diierent club, and each dividedinto distance spaces, f
andv comprising a vpivoted indicator for dey ltermining the distance per stroke for a selected club. f Y v 'A J `In testimony whereof, I h'eunto -ax my signature. v
WALTER n. sEAGRAw/.