December 26, 2017


A miniature golf craze sweeps America in the 1920s, and Tudor City, ever the full-service community, has its own 18-hole version. An inspired publicity stunt, it's touted by the French Company as "the most expensive course for its area in the world, occupying land worth over a million dollars."  Read more about it here.

In 1930, the golf course is dismantled and the lot re-landscaped into the South Park. To compensate, an indoor course is installed in No. 5 that same year. It has a brief run, closing in 1932, concurrent with the waning of mini-golf mania.

Set in a Windsor Tower subbasement, the course includes a water hazard, above, and is very popular with the ladies. The ivy on the pillars is a nice touch.

Above, indoor golf featured in a 1930 newspaper ad. In its early days,Tudor City is marketed to "young executives," and golf ‒ along with maid service, room service and on-call radio technicians ‒ is meant to lure youthful, upwardly mobile types.

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