US 3743295 A
An undulating golf green includes a plurality of components detachably interlocked together. The inner portions of the assembled components encircle a putting cup and are supported by a circumferential flange extending outward from the sidewall of the cup and spaced a short distance below the upper edge of the cup's sidewall. The bottom of the cup is supported by the floor or other ground surface.
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United States Patent 1191 Flowers 1451 July 3,1973
[ GOLF PUTTING GREEN Jan. 3, 1972 211 App]. No.: 214,869
Related 1.1.8. Application Data  Continuation of Ser. No. 5,273, April 1, 1970,
3,610,631 10/1971 Mulherin 273/178 R 3,351,345 11/1967 Robinette.... 273/179 R X 1,612,292 12/1926 Jackson 2731178 R FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 676,900
Primary Examiner-George J. Marlo Attorney-Irvin V. Gleim et a1.
 ABSTRACT [5 2] US. Cl 273/178 B, 273/34 R An un ulating golf green includes a plurality of compo-  Int. Cl A63b 57/00 detachably interlocked togelhef- The inner P 581 Field of Search 273/176, 177, 17s, tions of the assembled components encircle a putting 273 179 130 127 cup and are supported by a circumferential flange extending outward from the sidewall of the cup and 5 R f r c Cited spaced a short distance below the upper edge of the UNITED STATES PATENTS cups sidewall. The bottom of the cup is supported by the floor or other ground surface. 3,399,899 9/1968 Shepherd 273/178 B 1,612,291 12/1926 Jackson 273/178 R X 3 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures 49 25 5 26 5 s s Q 11/1964 Italy ..273/176F PATENTEUJUL 3 1915 3.743295 saaem =0; 2
BYJMJM PATENTEU 75 SHEET 2 0F 2 I 49 was GOLD PUTTING GREEN The present application is a continuation of application Ser. No. 5,273, filed Apr. 1, 1970, now abandoned.
BACKGROUND Heretofore, various forms of golf practice putting targets, simulated cups have been proposed, some of which have included a frusto-conical member adjacent the target or simulated cup. Insofar as I am aware such frusto-conical members, if provided, were symmetrical and merely served to provide a smooth path from the floor or other supporting surface to the edge of the simulated cup and made no attempt to simulate a rolling and/or undulating surface such as is normally encountered on an actual golf green.
SUMMARY Accordingly, a principle object of the present invention is to provide means for obviating the shortcomings and disadvantages of the prior art devices. This is accomplished, in accordance with the present invention by the provision of a plurality of components having undulating surface portions which components are releasably interlocked to form a simulated golf green adjacent a ball-receiving cup.
DESCRIPTION The foregoing and other objects and advantages will become apparent from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is an elevational view of a cup embodying certain portions of the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a sectional view of the cup of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is an elevational view of a flag and staff;
FIG. 4 is a sectional view, partly broken away, showing the flag staff mounted in an upstanding boss;
FIG. 5 is a top plan view showing the simulated green structure of the present invention partially assembled; and
FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a golf game device embodying the present invention and in fully assembled condition.
First referring to FIG. 6, in accordance with the present invention there is provided generally, a cup 10 in which there may be mounted a flag and staff indicated generally at 15. The cup is surrounded by greensimulating structure, indicated generally at 35. The invention is useful either as a game or amusement device wherein one or more players attempt to direct one or more balls l3, 14 into the cup by stroking the ball or balls with a club 11.
As is best shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, cup 10 comprises a continuous upstanding side wall 20 joined to a bottom 21 at corners or junctions 27 and 32.'Adjacent the upper edge 23 of wall 20 is a continuous flange 22 extending outwardly from the side wall and having an outer periphery 25. Flange 22 is joined to wall 20 at junction 26.
An upstanding boss 29 is joined to the cup bottom 21 at junction 28. The boss is provided with a bore 30 for receiving flag staff 12, and the boss is provided with an upper surface 31 which is positioned between the cup bottom 21 and the upper edge 23 of wall 20.
As shown in FIG. 3, a ball 36 is mounted at the top of flag staff 12 and the flag has a top 37 and a bottom 38 and includes an indentation 34 between tips 39.
Referring now to FIGS. 5 and 6, the green 35 comprises components 45, 46, 47, 48 each of which is provided with interlocking mating tabs 41, 44 for releasably securing together said individual components. The individual components are provided with portions 42 for engagement with cup 10 in a manner to be described hereinafter. Additionally, the surface of said components is curved to form valleys 49 with sloping transitional surface portions forming an overall surface simulating the rolling and/or undulating surface of an actual golf green. The individual components are assembled by placing adjacent components together along their respective radial sides and effecting radial relative movement therebetween to interengage the securing tabs 41, 44.
After the green 35 has been thus assembled, the portions 42 form a circular shaped opening slightly larger than the outer diameter of wall 20 and smaller than the outer diameter of the outer periphery 25 of flange 22. With cup 10 and green 35 placed on a supporting surface, flange 22 supports the inner edge of the green adjacent portions 42 at a preselected level above such supporting surface with the remaining portions of green 35 sloping downwardly toward such supporting sur face.
The foregoing components may be made of any suitable material, but are particularly suited to be formed for example by molding of plastic material.
While a particular embodiment of the invention has been illustrated and described, it will be obvious that various changes and modifications can be made without departing from the invention and it is-intended in the appended claims to cover all such changes and modifications that fall within the true spirit and scope of the invention.
What is claimed is:
1. A portable simulated golf green positioned on a supporting surface, said golf green comprising first walls defining continuous sloping and undulatory surfaces simulating a rolling golf green sloping downward toward said surface and encompassing a central opening and having inner surface portions,
second walls defining a ball-receiving cup having a bottom resting on said supporting surface and an annular upstanding rim, and
an annular flange depending from the outer periph- I cry of said rim at a preselected height above said bottom and at a preselected distance below, but adjacent, the upper edge of said rim and supporting said inner surface portions with said first walls superimposed on said flange and said cup disposed within said central opening.
2. Structure according to claim 1 wherein said first walls also comprise a plurality of individual separated components each having means releasably securing together said components.
3. Structure according to claim 1 wherein said first walls also comprise a plurality of .individual separated components each having a laterally extending surface portion disposed below said undulatory surfaces and joined to other adjacent surface portions.
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