Garnet Carter

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John Garnet Carter (Feb. 9, 1883, in Sweetwater, Tennessee – July 21, 1954)[1][2] was an American inventor and entrepreneur who is considered as one of the fathers of miniature golf. In 1927, Carter was the first to patent a version of the game which he called "Tom Thumb Golf". His course was built on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee where Carter owned a hotel.[3] Within a few years, thousands of Tom Thumb courses opened all over the United States.[2] Carter eventually sold the rights to his patent and used his fortune to found the Rock City Gardens.[4]


  1. ^ Garnet Carter at Find a Grave
  2. ^ a b Shearer, John. "Garnet Carter Was First-Rate Salesman, Promoter". The Chattanoogan. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Bellis, Mary. "The History of Miniature Golf". Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Who created the game of miniature golf?". Tennessee Treasures. Retrieved 20 August 2010.