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Publication numberUS1591095 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 6, 1926
Filing dateNov 23, 1925
Priority dateNov 23, 1925
Publication numberUS 1591095 A, US 1591095A, US-A-1591095, US1591095 A, US1591095A
InventorsLionel L Meyer
Original AssigneeLionel L Meyer
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Indoor golf game
US 1591095 A
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Jly 6 1926.

L. L. MEYER INDOOR' GQLFGAME Filed Nov `23, 1925 jouez m WANN atto@ M11 Patented July 6, 1926.



' Application med November This invention relates to improvements in amusement devices, especially, to improvements in the ganrlev of golf,'having for anl object to provide a novel and realistic form l of indoor golf vcourse and game of such size,construction and arrangementas will permitL of its installation within the room of 'a1 building of comparatively confined or limited area, the course when nished,`simu l0 lating in its general layout the usual outdoor vr'egulatiorfgolf course, in that, itv colm-` prehends a ovel formation of material giving an effectual and faithful reproduction of the rough, fairways, putting greens, hazards ll and traps of a regulation courseand hence, permits" players thereupon toperfectv their skill at playing the game to afmarked de-K gree in addition to affording them with an absorbing and sportive amusement device. 90. Another and equally 'important object of 4 the invention is to provide an indoor golf course of the character described, wherein al rug-like material is employed to constitute the course proper, the same beingprou vided withnap, ibers or similar surfacing of different lengths throughout its area; simulating the rough, ,-hazards, putting greens and like features cfa regulation outdoor golf course. f

Other objects of the invention will be in part obvious and in-part pointed `out hereinafter.v` u

In order that the invention and its mode' .of operation 4may be readily7l` understood by i l persons sllled in the art, I have `in the accompanying illustrative drawings and in theV detailed following description based there- -on, set out onevpractical embodiment of the invention. 1

In these drawings: Y A

.Figure 1 is a plan'view of the improved golf course, i Figure2 is a transverse section taken on theline 2` '2 of Figure .1 looking in the dia rection in which the arrows point, andv ,Figure y3 is an enlarged Vfragmentary detail lin section showingthe arrangement of Athe outerl surface of the rug-like covering 'of the Hoor with its nap or'ibers bf' different n. lengths, thuscons'tituting the putting green and the rough.

Having moreiparticular. reference to the" drawings in .connection -.with which like u characters of reference will designate corresponding parts throughout, it is to bev vwise provide 4for within the room or other ranged 'adjacent one end of the "course 1, 'adjacent the tee-off position 4 thereon devices may be effected| upon the platform complete game is pre erably installed in `a.

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understood that lmy improved game is especially adapted for installation in a single rectangular room or hall having greater length than width, although maniestly, the game may be successfully installed in various places of a confined o r limited nature whether .roofed or unroofed.

The course proper is constituted by means of a rug-like coveringA indicated in its entirety' at-this time by the numeral 1, said 65 covering being of fabric or of other suitable material, such as conditions or preference may ictate, being llaid smoothly over yan irregu r sup orting surface 2,built or other 70 area to. receive the game, thus giving tothe l course, 'the usual rollnglayout commonly found in the regulation outdoor golf course.

If desired, a platform 3 may be used, ar- 7k steps 5 leading from one side of the course onto said platform while chairs 5 may be larrangedv adjacent the forward sidel thereof and a bench 6 adjacent the rearward portion 30,

thereof. Of course, itfisto 4be quite fully understood in this connection,fthat various arrangements of chairs benches or similar 3- as conditions or preference may require. A plurality of juxtaposed or comparatively adjoimng fairway areas generally vin` dicated at this time by the numeral 7 are formed `throughout. the complete area of f n the course yor covering y1 and within each Q0. of these juxtaposed areas 7, holes or puttin cupsy 8 into which the ball is to be playe are arranged, as ,is clearly shown in the Figure 1, said areas 7 being of irregular and different formations throughout, thus simu- 0l lating-the corresponding portions of a regulationgnutdoor golf course. Putting greens 49 are also Vprovided upon each of these areas 7 about the holes or utting' cups `8. The

relatively long room or hall so that the various fairway. areas 7 may be of greater length than width. ,The length of these areas 7 may vary, but do not' overlap so -that more than one player or groups `of players may 105 make use of the game at; the vsame time the' same as ina regular golf lcourse played in the open. Y hese areas 7, together with their respective -putting greens 9 are formed f upon the-im v 'a that ofthe regulation outdoor putting green, and of course being formed with a plane er fiexure,

and substantially level surface?.v The re maining portions of these areas 7, that is,

Without the utting greens 9 may be formed' of similar filers, Athat is, fibers ofcomparatively. short lengths and rather still' formation in order that a golf ball played in the game may be putted or 4propelled'thereover with a certain degree of accuracy, yet with sufticient hazard to simulate of the playing of a regulation outdoor game,vof this character. However, vif desired, the fibers upon those portions of the areas 7 without their. respective putting greens 9 `may be 4slightly longer or may be.. of a slightly more f'lexible nature whereby to offer greater' impedance or difficulty to the advancement of the ball being played' thereover onto lthe desired putting green. At this point,`it is to be noted that with start of playing ofthe indoor game,y that portion of the area 7 designated by the numeral 4 is employed as a tee-of or start, the starting ,tee being designated herein for ythe purpose of convenience by the numeral 11. Likewise, it is to be noted that the various areas 7 are arranged in approximately adjoining relation so as to permit the playingy of the ball from one to the other in sequesf tial order until thel full number of holes represented in the course have been properly played. Those portions ofthe covering or course 1 without the areas 7 constitute -the so-called' rou h of the course and to effectually simu ate this rough with respect to the rough of a regulation out-door course, nap or similar matter 12 is formed upon the outer surface of said covering 1 in the manner as well shown in the Figure 3, these fibers or similar material being of lengths -greater than the lengths of the aforesaidtiibres 10 and naturally, of greater flexibility. In this connection, it is to be noted with interest, that the iibers 12 are upstanding or approximately upstanding and by reason of the fact that they are of greater length and consequently,

it will'be appreciated that with the playing of a ball into this ,rough, greater impedance will be offered to its successful playing or advancement over the l course, thereby affording the player .with

60 -those difculties experienced at times when course is played into the rough or into haza ball upon an open regulation outdoor ards. In this connection` it will be noted that .the longer fibers 12, termed herein the rough are arranged between each of the areas 7 utilizing the shorter fibers 10, and

givex greatbunkers may be lengthened to such an extent as to offer the desired hazard. Likewise, sand traps 14 maybev incorporatedin the course upon the areas 7 and 1f desired, may be surrounded or partly surrounded by rough, bunkers or similar other hazards. A water'hazard 15 is likewise preferably incorporated in the course byv placing a suitable receptacle or forming a hwater retaining'recess within the supporting surface 2, and like bunkers or 4similar hazards 16 arranged upon the `opposite sides thereof, as through the rasing of the surface of the covering 1 upon its support 2 or by lengthening the libres ofthe adjacent portion of this particular receiving area 7. In various Ways, the difficulty of traversing the course maybe increased or decreased, such as conditions or preference may dictate and by the irregular and somewhat interfitting arrangement of the separated' yet juxtaposed areas 7, it will be appreciated that the course will give to the player, ample opportunity for the playing of the same in par and yet, sufiicient areafor the utilizing of strokes above par with the misplaying thereof". In this way, the 'skill' and proficiency of a player of the game is materially increased in that :his putting ability will be rendered more proficient by the driv.-

ing of the ball over the areas 7, and liket Wise, that theball must be lifted to be successiully played from one area 7 to another over the rough without going thereinto.

lThe steps5as will be noted are adjacent the finishing end of the course and offer A' an efficient way of egress therefrom.

It will be understood that in the playing of my improved indoor golf game, those rules, regulations or requirements incident ,to hthe playing of the regulation outdoor game are strictly .adhered to, while of course, thedriving of the ball for any material distance is precluded by/,freason/of the confined nature of the cours/ef,l the ball may be played over said course in a manner closely simulating the actual playing of the same upon an outdoor course. In fact, the game will offer a highly efiicient means, for permitting the bettering or improving of the putting skill of a player. Likewise,

1n playing the game, rgulation equipment is utilized, thatfis, golf balls and clubs of l o regulation and recognized style' and design 'l bers, thereof are of comparatively short lengths and are employed. Thus, it will be iinderstood` that a player of the indoor course will be permitted to materially improve hisskill in the game and such im rovement will Vbe had with regulation equipment rather than with special equipment used in some forms of indoor golf courses at this time.

Manifestly, the construction shown is capable of considerable modication, and such modication as is within lthe scope of my claims, I consider within the spirit of my invention.

I claim:

1. An indoor golf game comprising a' coveringhaving upstanding and approximately upstanding bers on its outer surface, a supporting means for said covering being irregular vthroughout its area an adapted to have the covering smoothly ar" ranged thereover, a plurality of juxtaposed fairway areas on'the covering wherein the comparativelyinflexible, appropriately designated putting greens on such areas having ball playing holes therein, hazards formed on portions. of said areas, and the remaining rtion of said outer surface of the material between'saidl areas regular su .way areas and approximately being formed of bers of greater lengths.

2. An indoor golf game-comprising an irorting means, a'covering material smoot y arran ed overl said irregular supporting means, aving upstanding and bers on its outer surface, ya plurality o juxtaposed fairthereon wherein the bers of of comparatively short lengths inexible, portions oi the bers on these areas ure than other portions'of -the same, appropriately'designated putting greens on such the same are -Asaid areas-of the covering -of greater length than having ball playing liolestherein,

hazards on the areas, certain of said hazards beingformed by raising the covering material upon. its supporting means andothers of said hazards being formed by lengthen-A ing the bers of the adjacent portions of material, and the remaining portions of said outer surface of the covering material between the aforesaid -areas being formed with bers of greater length and lgreater exure.

3. An indoor golf gaine comprisinga reci tangular supporting base having an irregular surface, a covering arranged over said irregular surface having bers projecting from the outer face thereof, a plurality of juxtaposed and irregular fairwa areasu lon said covering wherein the bers of t e same .are of comparatively short4 lengths,l

said fairway areas being `of greater length than width and completely separated from oneanother, and said coverin theV st mentioned bers extending about and between said fairway areas. e 4. An indoor golf game comprising a rectangular supporting base having an irregular surface, a covering arranged over lsaid surface having bers of various lengths projecting from the outer face thereof', a line of having bers.

bers arranged upon the medial portion of I and extending throughout of said covering, a plurality of irregular fairways arranged on each side of said line of bers having bers of shorter. lengths, each fairway area having a starting tee,

the entire length hazards, and putting greenarea'the'rein and A an elevatedI platform arranged at one end of said supporting base. I having greater exy my hand.

4In witness whereof Ithave hereunto `LIONEL L. MEYER.

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U.S. Classification473/158, 273/DIG.130, 404/42, 428/17, 473/159, 473/169
International ClassificationA63F7/06
Cooperative ClassificationA63F7/0628, Y10S273/13
European ClassificationA63F7/06A9