Kids Rule Minigolf Mayhem



Minigolf Mayhem

Holly Smith Dinbergs

illustrated by

Victoria Constable

Minigolf Mayhem

1st edition

Holly Smith Dinbergs

Project editor: Anita Mullick

Typesetter, cover and text designer: Beau Lowenstern

Illustrator: Victoria Constable

Production controller: Sarah Blake

First published 2021 by Matilda Education Australia, an imprint of Meanwhile Education Pty Ltd

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Author: Holly Smith Dinbergs

Title: Minigolf Mayhem

ISBN: 9780655090786

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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

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Minigolf Masterclass

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

too much.”

The girls pay the entry fee and

choose their golf balls.


Kyra “Green for me. It’s my

lucky colour.”

Chloe “I’ll take blue. Does this match

my eyes?”

Kyra “Well, it’s bigger than your eyes,

and it doesn’t have any eyelashes.

No, it doesn’t really match

your eyes.”


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?”

Kyra “Eighteen.”

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

it again.”


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.

Kyra, 1.


Chloe “Wow! My score is so

much higher than yours. I’m

totally winning.”

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

the cup.”


As Chloe gets ready to swing, a little

bird lands on the ground near where

she’s standing.

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

each hole.”

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

next hole.



Beginner’s Luck

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

lucky charm.”

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

so cool.”


Kyra “Beginner’s luck.”

Chloe “No way. I’m a natural.

Your turn.”

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

my nerves.”

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

little snack.”

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.”



Pocket Puzzle

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

you’ll see.”


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

now two.

Kyra “Why are those birds hanging

around you?”


Chloe tries not to laugh.

Chloe “Animals like me. What can

I say?”

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.



Bird Bath

The girls come to Hole 18, the

last hole.

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

the water.”

Kyra “But if you get it across the

canyon, then it’ll roll right into

the hole.”

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

the water.

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.”

Chloe “What?”

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

been hiding.


Kyra “Popcorn!”

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

lucky charm!”


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

the birds.”



Minigolf Lingo



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

to go.

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.



Minigolf Must-dos

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

really frustrated).


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

the course.

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

for free.

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

healthier option.



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

12 centimetres.

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.



Think Tank


1. What is par for a hole?

2. What are at least three other names

for minigolf?

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

in minigolf?


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

tall buildings.

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)

Hi Kids!

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

you read.

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

loudly, too!

Reading at home is really important and a lot of fun

as well.

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.

Story idea

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.


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