Title:
SIMULATED GOLF BOARD GAME APPARATUS
United States Patent 3658339


Abstract:
A novel golf game is provided which is the combination of the following three elements. (a) A game board laid out as a scaled-down facsimile replica of a `real` golf course and including thereon two sets of indicia disposed adjacent the tee and the green respectively, the indicia of each set being visually distinguishable from each other, and the indicia of each set having a common characteristic which renders them visually distinguishable from the indicia of the other set, thereby to provide a plurality of positively premarked and predetermined positions representative of the positions of a golf ball during `real` play of the game of golf, and designating unique positions of the disposition of all game pieces. (b) Game pieces representative of golf balls adapted to be moved manually to be disposed at a unique directed one of said plurality of positively premarked and predetermined positions on said game board in a manner analogous to that of the disposition of golf balls during the `real` play of the game of golf. Finally (c) a plurality of dice, each die bearing indicia on the faces thereof different from those on conventional dice but being identical with those of a different one of said sets of indicia on said game board, the casting of a single selected die directing the manual placing of the game pieces to a position which is representative of a `real` golf stroke.



Inventors:
BOILEAU LOUIS
Application Number:
04/869807
Publication Date:
04/25/1972
Filing Date:
10/27/1969
Assignee:
ATLANTIC GAMES LTD.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63F3/00; (IPC1-7): A63F3/00
Field of Search:
273/134
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US Patent References:
2238079Indoor game1941-04-15Scheib
2180049Board game apparatus1939-11-14Hall
1638365Golf-simulating game1927-08-09Ryan
1529598Game1925-03-10Lee
1513941Game1924-11-04Smith



Foreign References:
GB362587A1931-12-10
Primary Examiner:
Lowe, Delbert B.
Claims:
1. A golf game comprising the combination of the following elements:

Description:
This invention relates to an amusement game played on a game board and particularly one which accurately presents the players as analogues of "real" players of the "real" game or sport represented by the game board.

There are many amusement games which are played on a game board. However, these games usually lack sustained interest because there is a relatively small number of moves of the players governed purely by chance. In addition, the games bear only a superficial resemblance to the "real" game or sport they are intended to represent.

Accordingly, an object of a prime aspect of this invention is to provide an amusement game played on a game board which maintains a high interest by the players during the course of the play of the game.

An object of another aspect of this invention is the provision of an amusement game played on a game board which is laid out as a replica of a "real" game or sport, in which the play of the game is analogous to the play of the "real" game or sport.

In order that the play of the game be as analogous as possible to the play of a "real" game of golf, the following rules are used:

The four dice represent golf clubs. The roll is like a stroke or drive of a gold club.

The colour of the tee and the par determines which die to use first.

On par 3's use the yellow club for the first stroke; yellow club also used when ball is in bunker.

On par 4's use the blue club first.

On par 5's use the red club first.

Each roll represents and counts as a stroke.

Each player uses one golf ball.

If the ball lands on a spot that is bordered by a circle, this counts as one stroke only.

If the ball lands on a spot that is bordered by a square (usually behind a tree or shrub), as a penalty, this will count as two strokes. (The roll plus the penalty).

The score for each hole is marked on the tally card. The score is kept the same way as in regular golf. The player with the lowest score is the winner.

Reference is made to yellow, green, blue and red dice hereinabove and to the colour of the tee and the par being green, yellow, blue or red. These colours are used to make a more aesthetically attractive and more analogous game board. It is appreciated that different colours may equivalently be used. The essence of the invention resides in the selection of the die cast in accordance with the permitted and forbidden strokes of a "real" golf game.

In the accompanying drawings:

FIG. 1 is a representation of a golf course, and FIG. 1 is divided into:

FIG. 1A which is a representation of Hole No. 1, a par 3 hole,

FIG. 1B which is a representation of Hole No. 2, a par 4 hole, and

FIG. 1C which is a representation of Hole No. 3, a par 5 hole;

FIG. 2 is a combined perspective view showing the six sides of the yellow die;

FIG. 3 is a combined perspective view showing the six faces of the green die;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view showing the six faces of the blue die;

FIG. 5 is a combined perspective view showing the six faces of the red die; and

FIG. 6 is a side elevational view showing two of the movable markers representing the players.

As indicated before, the essence of the invention resides in the selection of the die cast in accordance with the permitted and forbidden strokes of a real golf game. As an example, for a par 3 hole, the first die cast would be 200 shown in FIG. 2, followed (if necessary) by 300 shown in FIG. 3.

For a par 4 hole, the first die cast would be 400 shown in FIG. 4, followed by 200 shown in FIG. 2, followed (if necessary) by 300 shown in FIG. 3.

For a par 5 hole, the first die cast would be 500 shown in FIG. 5, followed by 400 shown in FIG. 4, followed by 200 shown in FIG. 2 and followed (if necessary) by 300 shown in FIG. 3.

The movable markers simulating the position of the ball in "real" play are shown as 600 in FIG. 6 as including a base 601 and a marker 602. To make the game a closer analogue of real golf, the markers 600 are formed from real golf tees.

Holes Nos. 1, 5, 8, 11, 12, 15 and 17 are par 3 holes, and, for the purpose of brevity, the playing of a typical par three hole will be described with reference to FIG. 1A. Holes Nos. 2, 4, 7, 10, 13 and 16 are par 4 holes, and, for the purpose of brevity, the playing of a typical par 4 hole will be described with reference to FIG. 1B. Holes Nos. 3, 6, 9, 14 and 18 are par 5 holes, and, for the purpose of brevity, the playing of a typical par five hole will be described with reference to FIG. 1C.

1. as shown in FIG. 1A, the first hole 10 is a par three hole and includes a tee-off area 11, a fairway 12, two bunkers, namely bunker No. 1, i. e. 13 and bunker No. 2, i. e. 14 and a green 15. The tee-off area 11, and the bunkers are each coloured yellow and hence the yellow die 200 (FIG. 2) is used. The die 200 has six faces and they bear the legends:

on face 201 -- putted, meaning an "ace" or hole in one;

on face 202 -- green, meaning the shot landed on green 15;

on face 203 -- green, meaning the shot landed on green 15;

on face 204 -- green, meaning the shot landed on green 15;

on face 205 -- bunker 1, meaning the shot landed in bunker No. 1 (13); and

on face 206 - bunker 2, meaning the shot landed in bunker No. 2 (14).

If the first cast of the die 200 indicates the shot was putted (face 201), the ball is in the hole, and the player has concluded the playing of that hole.

If the first or subsequent cast of the die 200 indicates the shot landed in bunker No. 1 13, the shot counts for two strokes, since bunker No. 1 is a spot bordered by a square. If the first or subsequent cast of the die 200 indicates the shot landed in bunker No. 2 14, the shot counts for one stroke, since bunker No. 2 is a spot bordered by a circle. The yellow die 200 is cast until it indicates either "green" faces 202, 203, 204 or "putted" face 201. If it indicates "putted" (face 201), the ball is in the hole, and the player has concluded the playing of that hole.

If the first or subsequent cast of the die 200 indicates the shot landed on the green 15, the next die cast is the green die 300 (FIG. 3). The die 300 also has six faces and they bear the legends;

on face 301 -- stroke, meaning a shot was taken, but the ball did not land in the hole;

on face 302 -- putted, meaning a shot was taken, and the ball landed in the hole;

on face 303 -- stroke, meaning a shot was taken, but the ball did not land in the hole;

on face 304 -- stroke, meaning a shot was taken, but the ball did not land in the hole;

on face 305 -- putted, meaning a shot was taken, and the ball landed in the hole; and

on face 306 -- putted, meaning a shot was taken, and the ball landed in the hole;

If the first or subsequent cast of the green die 300 indicates the shot was "putted" faces 302, 305, 306, the ball is in the hole, and the player has concluded the playing of that hole.

If the first or subsequent cast of the green die 300 indicates the shot was "stroke" faces 301, 303, 304, the ball is still on the green, and the player must continue to cast the green die 300 until it indicates the shot was putted, meaning that the ball is in the hole and the player has concluded the playing of the hole.

Each player then tallies his total number of strokes as governed by the directed casting of the die and the score is kept in the same way as in a "real" game of golf. It is therefore evident that the die is selected to be cast in such a way that only permitted "real" strokes analogous to strokes used in a "real" game of golf are used.

2.

As shown in FIG. 1B, the second hole 20 is a par four hole and includes a tee-off area 21, a fairway area 22 including six designated positions of the ball after the first stroke, namely, positions No. 1 221; No. 2 222; No. 3 223; No. 4 224; No. 5 225; and No. 6 226, a pair of bunkers, namely bunker No. 1 23 and bunker No. 2 24, and a green 25. Since the second hole is a par four hole, the first die cast is the blue die 400 FIG. 4. The blue die 400 has six faces, and they bear the legends:

on face 401 -- meaning the ball landed at position No. 3 (223);

on face 402 -- meaning the ball landed at position No. 4 (224);

on face 403 -- meaning the ball landed at position No. 6 (226);

on face 404 -- meaning the ball landed at position No. 2 (222);

on face 405 -- meaning the ball landed at position No. 5 (225);

and on face 406 -- meaning the ball landed at position No. 1 (221).

If the cast of the blue die 400 indicates the ball has landed on position No. 1 221 or No. 5 225, the cast counts for two strokes, since positions No. 1 and No. 5 are each a spot bordered by a square. If the cast of the blue die 400 indicates that the ball has landed on position No. 2 222, No. 3 223, No. 4 224, or No. 6 226, the cast counts for one stroke, since positions No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 each are a spot bordered by a circle.

The second cast of the die is with the yellow die 200. If the cast of the yellow die 200 indicates the shot landed in bunker No. 1 23, the shot counts for two strokes, since bunker No. 1 23 is a spot bordered by a square. If the cast of the yellow die 200 indicates that the shot landed in bunker No. 2 24, the shot counts for one stroke since bunker No. 2 24 is a spot bordered by a circle. From this point on, the play of the hole follows the procedure set forth above for the first hole regarding subsequent castings of the yellow die 200 and the green die 300.

3.

As shown in FIG. 1C, the third hole is a par five hole and includes a tee-off area 31, a first fairway area 32 including six first positions, namely, 220 yards 321, 230 yards 322, 240 yards 323, 250 yards 324, 260 yards 325 and 270 yards 326, a second fairway area 33, including six second positions; namely, No. 1 331, No. 2 332, No. 3 333, No. 4 334, No. 5 335 and No. 6 336, a pair of bunkers, namely, bunker No. 1 34 and bunker No. 2 35 and a green 36. Since the third hole is a par five hole, the first die cast is the red die 500 (FIG. 5). The red die 500 has six faces, and they bear the legends:

on face 501 -- 220 yards, meaning the ball has travelled that distance and landed at position 321;

on face 502 -- 270 yards, meaning the ball has travelled that distance and landed at position 326;

on face 503 -- 250 yards, meaning the ball has travelled that distance and landed at position 324;

on face 504 -- 230 yards, meaning the ball has travelled that distance and landed at position 322;

on face 505 -- 240 yards, meaning the ball has travelled that distance and landed at position 323; and

on face 506 -- 260 yards, meaning the ball has travelled that distance and landed at position 325.

If the cast of the red die 500 indicates the ball has landed at position 321, 323, 324 or 325, the cast counts for two strokes, since each position is a spot bordered by a square. If the cast of the red die 500 indicates that the ball has landed at position 322 or 326, the cast counts for one stroke, since each of these positions is a spot bordered by a circle.

The next die cast is the blue die 400. From this point on, the play of the hole follows the procedure set forth above for the second hole, regarding the casting of the blue die 400.

If the cast of the blue die 400 indicates that the ball has landed at position No. 1 331, No. 2 332 or No. 6 336, the cast counts for two strokes, since each of these positions is a spot bordered by a square. If the cast of the blue die 400 indicates that the ball has landed at position No. 3 333, No. 4 334 or No. 5 335, the cast counts for one stroke, since each of these positions is a spot bordered by a circle.

The next die cast is the yellow die 200. If the cast of the yellow die 200 indicates the shot landed in bunker No. 2 35, the shot counts for two strokes, since bunker No. 2 35 is a spot bordered by a square. If the cast of the yellow die 200 indicates that the shot landed in bunker No. 1 34, the shot counts for one stroke since bunker No. 1 34 is a spot bordered by a circle. From this point on, the play of the hole follows the procedure set forth above for the first hole regarding subsequent castings of the yellow die 200 and the green die 300.

The remainder of the holes are played in an analogous manner for par three holes as described for FIG. 1A, for par four holes as described for FIG. 1B, and for par five holes as described for FIG. 1C.

From the above description, the manner of playing a complete game will be clear to the person skilled in the art. It is seen that the combination of the four different dies, whose selection for use is dependent upon permitted and prohibited strokes, and the selected predetermined positions, which determines strokes and penalties and order of play, imparts to the golf game the same interest in play and analogy with the real game of golf. The game may be played by one player (as in the example above) or by two or more players. When two or more players play, the order of playing is governed, as in real play, by the distance from the hole during play, and by who "won" the previous hole, at the initiation of play at the tee. The player whose ball lands farther from the hole continues to play until his ball is closer to the hole.