Holly Smith Dinbergs
Holly Smith Dinbergs
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Author: Holly Smith Dinbergs
Title: Minigolf Mayhem
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 25 24 23 22 21 20
Minigolf Masterclass 1
A Little Birdie 9
Beginner’s Luck 14
Pocket Puzzle 20
Bird Bath 26
Minigolf Lingo 33
Minigolf Must-dos 34
Minigolf Instant Info 36
Think Tank 38
Hi Kids! (Author Letter) 40
Planning Your Story 42
What a Laugh! 43
Kyra and Chloe arrive at the local
minigolf course. They wave goodbye to
Chloe’s mum, who leaves them to play
a game while she runs some errands.
Kyra “I love minigolf.”
Chloe “First time for me.”
Kyra (laughing) “No worries. I’ll give
you tips—and I’ll try not to win by
The girls pay the entry fee and
choose their golf balls.
Kyra “Green for me. It’s my
Chloe “I’ll take blue. Does this match
Kyra “Well, it’s bigger than your eyes,
and it doesn’t have any eyelashes.
No, it doesn’t really match
The woman gives the girls a
scorecard, pencils and golf clubs.
Kyra “I’ll show you how to hold the
club. Put your feet like this … and
hold your hands like this.”
Chloe “Golf seems complicated.”
Kyra “Not really. Just follow me.”
Chloe “How many holes are there?”
The first hole is a long, straight
cement path with a little hole, called
a cup, at the end.
Chloe “So I hit the ball in that hole?
Shouldn’t be too hard.”
Kyra (laughing) “It looks easy.
You go first.”
Chloe takes the first shot. The ball
flies off the path and out of bounds.
Chloe “Now what?”
Kyra “Stick the ball back on the path
near where it went out. Whack
Chloe takes six more strokes to get
the ball in the hole.
Chloe “Pretty good for my first time.”
Kyra (laughing) “If you say so.”
Kyra hits the ball. It rolls down the
centre of the path right into the cup.
Clink! Chloe keeps score: Chloe, 7.
Chloe “Wow! My score is so
much higher than yours. I’m
Kyra “I forgot to tell you. In golf, a
low score wins. You’re totally losing.”
Chloe “Losing? I don’t think so.
This game’s just getting started.”
A Little Birdie
The girls soon arrive at Hole 4, which
is a curved path with a small, smooth
hill at the far end. The hole is in the
middle of the hill.
Chloe “What’s that?”
Kyra “The Volcano. You have to hit
your ball up the little hill, into
As Chloe gets ready to swing, a little
bird lands on the ground near where
Chloe “What a cute bird!”
Kyra “Don’t lose focus.”
Chloe takes five strokes to land
her ball in the cup at the top of the
Volcano. The little bird begins to sing.
Chloe “Hi, little birdie. Are you here
to cheer me on?”
Kyra “That bird is here to cheer you
up—when you lose.”
Chloe (smiling) “We’ll see who loses.
Your turn, Kyra.”
Kyra prepares to take her shot.
Chloe kneels down by the bird.
Kyra “You’re not actually talking to
that bird, are you?”
Chloe “The birdie says you aren’t
holding your hands the right way.”
Kyra “I’d like to see how that bird
would hold a golf club!”
Kyra whacks the ball extra hard and
it flies out of bounds. She places it back
in bounds and takes shot after shot
until Chloe interrupts.
Chloe “Kyra, stop. Your turn’s over.”
Kyra “What are you talking about?”
Chloe “You’re not allowed to
take more than seven shots for
Kyra “How do you know that?”
Chloe “I’d say a little birdie told me,
but it’s written in the rules. On the
scorecard. Gotta move on.”
Chloe leads a grumbling Kyra to the
The girls play through more holes to
arrive at Hole 13, which is a skeleton
head with an open mouth.
Chloe “Let me guess. We hit the ball
in his mouth?”
Kyra “Yeah. Up the little hill painted
pink like a tongue.”
Chloe “Doesn’t look so hard.”
Kyra “It’s the uphill part that’s hard.
Remember the Volcano?”
Chloe “I think you’re the one who had
the problem at the Volcano.”
Kyra “I don’t care. I’m still winning.”
Chloe “I’m about to change that.”
Chloe gets ready to take her first
shot. The bird sticks by her feet.
Chloe “Kyra, meet my new
Chloe whacks the ball. It rolls up the
hill, through the skeleton’s mouth, and
out the other side. Surprised, the girls
run to the other side to see where the
ball stops. Chloe jumps up and down.
Chloe “My first hole in one! That’s
Kyra “Beginner’s luck.”
Chloe “No way. I’m a natural.
Kyra taps the ball. It goes slowly up
the hill and into the skeleton’s mouth.
But the ball doesn’t have enough power
to make it all the way. It rolls up to
the skeleton’s mouth, stops for a split
second and then rolls back down.
Chloe (laughing) “The skeleton spat
out your ball. Yuck! Skeleton spit!”
Kyra takes another five shots to land
her ball in the cup.
Kyra “That bird’s really getting on
Chloe pays no attention as she keeps
score. The bird sits on her shoulder.
Chloe “Guess who’s winning? Me!”
Kyra (muttering) “I wish my cat
Puffles could be here. He’d love a
Chloe “Did you just say something?”
Kyra “I said, I think I have the sniffles,
and I may have hurt my back.”
Chloe “That’s too bad. C’mon.”
The girls soon get to Hole 17. It’s a
little windmill, with big blades that turn
slowly. Two little garden gnomes guard
the doorway to the windmill.
Chloe “How does this work?”
Kyra “Watch the blades turn and
The girls’ heads move in a little
circle as they watch the blades turn.
Kyra “See the little tunnel where the
front door should be? You have to
hit the ball through the doorway.”
Chloe “Between the blades?”
Kyra “Brilliant, Einstein.”
Kyra notices that, instead of one
bird hanging around Chloe, there are
Kyra “Why are those birds hanging
Chloe tries not to laugh.
Chloe “Animals like me. What can
Kyra “Whatever. Take your shot.”
Chloe swings her club backwards,
but when she swings forwards, she
misses the ball entirely.
Kyra (laughing) “Great air shot! A few
more like that and I’m sure to win.”
The girls play through the windmill.
In the end, each takes four strokes to
put the ball in the hole. Kyra now sees
a third bird hanging around Chloe—
and she notices that Chloe keeps her
hand in her pocket.
Kyra “What’s in your pocket?”
Chloe (blushing) “Nothing. C’mon.
Last hole. I mean, your last chance
before I win.”
Kyra “Wait a minute.”
Chloe runs ahead.
The girls come to Hole 18, the
Kyra “You’ve got something in your
pocket. What is it?”
Chloe “I have no idea what you’re
talking about. Hey, check this out!”
Hole 18 is a cement mountain cut
in half. In the middle there’s a gap,
like a canyon, of about one metre.
At the bottom of the canyon, there’s
a bubbling brook.
Chloe “You have to hit the ball uphill
on this side.”
Kyra “And you gotta hit it hard
enough to get it across the canyon.”
Chloe “If you don’t, it’ll fall in
Kyra “But if you get it across the
canyon, then it’ll roll right into
Chloe “That’s an automatic hole in
one! I love this game!”
Kyra “Your turn.”
Chloe hits the ball hard. It zooms up
the hill and falls off the edge, into the
water. While trying to pick up her ball,
Chloe slips on a wet rock and falls into
Chloe “Kyra, help me.”
As Kyra walks over to help, she
notices about ten birds near where
Chloe is sitting.
Kyra “I’m not helping you up until
you tell me something.”
Kyra (yelling) “What’s with all the
birds? You look like you’re in a giant
bird bath! And what’s that white
stuff you’re sitting in?”
Laughing, Chloe pulls her pocket
inside out to show Kyra what she’s
Chloe “I grabbed some for a snack
just before we left. It turns out that
birds love this stuff!”
Kyra “That’s how you got that bird to
follow us around?”
Chloe “Yeah. Cool, huh?”
Kyra “So she’s not your magic
Chloe “Just a hungry bird.”
Kyra (laughing) “Well, I’m feeling a
bit peckish myself—get it? Let’s finish
this game and go get a real snack.”
Chloe “Yeah. This popcorn’s for
back nine The last nine holes
(holes 10–18) on an 18-hole golf course.
birdie A fluffy friend who might secretly
coach you. It’s also when you get your ball
in the cup taking one less hit, or stroke, than
par. Birdies are good things in golf!
cup The hole—where you want your ball
front nine The first nine holes (holes 1–9)
on an 18-hole golf course.
par The number of strokes it should take
you to put your ball in the hole.
whiff To swing and miss the ball entirely
(“you whiffed it!”). Also called an air shot.
Always wear a hat, sunglasses
and sunscreen if you play minigolf
outdoors in summer.
Bring your lucky charm, if you’ve got
one. Might help you get a hole in one!
Bring a camera with you to the game.
If you get a hole in one, take a selfie so
you can show your family and friends
what a minigolf legend you are!
Never throw your club at anybody
or anything because you aren't
playing very well (even if you’re
Make sure that you get a golf club
that’s the right height for you.
Always keep some popcorn in your
pocket and a bottle of water—in
case you get hungry or thirsty on
Scope out the hole to figure out the
best way to get your ball in the hole
with the fewest number of strokes—
then just hit the ball and have fun.
Get a job at the minigolf course on
the weekends so you can practise
Always have a yummy snack
after you play golf. Ice-cream is
really good after a tough session
of minigolf on a hot summer
day—or try watermelon for a
Minigolf Instant Info
Miniature golf is a game modelled
after the real sport of golf.
Miniature golf has many names
including: Minigolf, Crazy Golf,
Goofy Golf, Wacky Golf, Pee Wee
Golf and Rinky Dink Golf.
A perfect score on a course with 18
holes is … 18! That’s a hole in one
on every hole.
In the 1920s, a lot of people played
minigolf on the tops of tall buildings
in New York City.
The width of the cup (the hole)
in minigolf should be from 10 to
A minigolf ball should be from 37
to 43 millimetres wide.
Show respect to other players by
following the rules—that includes
not starting on another hole until
the players on it have finished.
The first miniature golf course was
The Ladies’ Putting Club, built in
St. Andrews, in Scotland, in 1867.
At that time, it was not acceptable
for women to swing their arms
above their shoulders in public, so
this private space was created for
women to play golf.
There are nearly 30 standard
obstacles and lane types that
can be used on minigolf courses,
including loops, labyrinths, pipes
and bridges. A course must have 18
lanes to be used for tournaments.
1. What is par for a hole?
2. What are at least three other names
3. What keeps your eyes protected
when you play minigolf in the
4. What’s a perfect score on a course
with 18 holes?
5. Where did New Yorkers play minigolf
in the 1920s?
6. What’s the best snack to have during
a minigolf game?
7. What happens if you whiff the ball?
8. What’s the hardest hole to play
1. The number of shots it should take to get your ball in the hole.
2. You can call minigolf by any of these names: Goofy Golf, Crazy
Golf, Pee Wee Golf, Wacky Golf and Rinky Dink Golf.
3. Sunglasses or a hat with a visor will protect your eyes while
you are playing minigolf outdoors.
4. A perfect score on a course with 18 holes is 18.
5. In the 1920s, New Yorkers played minigolf on the tops of
6. The best snack to munch on during a minigolf game is
anything you want to eat that isn’t too messy (or popcorn in
your pocket, if you want to attract some feathery fans).
7. If you whiff the ball, it means that you tried to hit the ball and
you completely missed it (kind of embarrassing).
8. The hardest hole to play is the one where you cannot land
your ball in the cup! So that could be any hole.
How did you score?
If you got all 8 answers correct, start training
for an international minigolf competition.
You might win some serious money!
If you got fewer than 6 answers correct,
get a job at the local minigolf course on
the weekends to practise your shots.
If you got fewer than 4 answers correct,
forget about golf and learn to play the violin!
Hi Kids! (Author Letter)
Writing stories is fun, and so is reading them!
Being a good reader is really important and so cool.
Try out these suggestions to help you have fun as
At school, why don’t you use “Minigolf Mayhem” as
a play and you and your friends can be the actors.
Set the scene for your play. To bring the story to life,
you can use props. What will help? A golf ball? A toy
bird? Some popcorn?
So … have you decided who is going to be Kyra and
who is going to be Chloe? Now, with your friends,
read and act out the story in front of the class.
Performing a play might be a bit nerve-racking, but
it’s a great way to bring a story to life. When you’ve
finished your play, your classmates will clap really
Reading at home is really important and a lot of fun
Take the Kids Rule! books home and get someone in
your family to read them with you. Maybe they can
take on a part in the story.
Remember, reading is a whole lot of fun.
So, as the frog in the local pond would say, Read-it!
And remember, Kids Rule!
Planning Your Story
Here are some tips on planning a story.
Ideas come from things we see, hear and
do. Jot down notes when you come across
something that could inspire your story.
Every story needs heroes. Two main
characters work well, as you can show how
they interact with each other. If you know
your characters, you’ll know what they
should say and do in your story.
Create your setting by visualising places
you know and using your imagination.
Plot and story structure
List the events that you’d like to include
in order. Of course, that will include
thinking of problems and ways that
your characters might overcome them.
How will your story end?
What a Laugh!
Q Why did the golfer
take an extra pair of
pants with them?
A They were afraid
they might get a
hole in one!
Read about what Kyra and Chloe get
up to in these Kids Rule! stories:
For more Kids Rule! fun, join Jesse and Luca,
and Billie and Billy on their adventures.