This week a patent issued with the title “Golf Ball Passing Elephant Miniature Golf Course Hazard,” so I had to check it out. The patent issued as USPN 7488260 and describes the invention as:
A miniature golf course device that is in the shape of an elephant. An internal frame provides support for a ball guide with moving parts and an external body covering. A golf ball enters the trunk opening, the pivoting trunk is raised, and the golf ball travels through the interior of the elephant. The ball exits the rear end to simulate the elephant pooping the ball. The trunk is raised by operating a tail lever. Operation of the tail lever is accompanied by visual and acoustic effects.
Really? The “ball exits the rear end to simulate the elephant pooping the ball.” Check it out:
Boy, I must be underestimating the size of the miniature golf market!
Dave Dawsey – The IP Golf Guy