Title:
GOLF PUTTING GREEN
United States Patent 3743295


Abstract:
An undulating golf green includes a plurality of components detachably interlocked together. The inner portions of the assembled components encircle a putting cup and are supported by a circumferential flange extending outward from the sidewall of the cup and spaced a short distance below the upper edge of the cup's sidewall. The bottom of the cup is supported by the floor or other ground surface.



Inventors:
FLOWERS T
Application Number:
05/214869
Publication Date:
07/03/1973
Filing Date:
01/03/1972
Assignee:
FLOWERS T,US
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B67/02; (IPC1-7): A63B57/00
Field of Search:
273/176,177,178,179,180,127
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US Patent References:
3610631GOLFING TARGET1971-10-05Mulherin
3399899Golf putting game1968-09-03Shepherd
3351345Golf putting practice device1967-11-07Robinette
1612292Indoor golf game1926-12-28Jackson
1612291Indoor golf game1926-12-28Jackson



Foreign References:
IT676900A
Primary Examiner:
Marlo, George J.
Parent Case Data:


The present application is a continuation of application Ser. No. 5,273, filed Apr. 1, 1970, now abandoned.
Claims:
What is claimed is

1. A portable simulated golf green positioned on a supporting surface, said golf green comprising first walls defining continuous sloping and undulatory surfaces simulating a rolling golf green sloping downward toward said surface and encompassing a central opening and having inner surface portions,

2. Structure according to claim 1 wherein said first walls also comprise a plurality of individual separated components each having means releasably securing together said components.

3. Structure according to claim 1 wherein said first walls also comprise a plurality of individual separated components each having a laterally extending surface portion disposed below said undulatory surfaces and joined to other adjacent surface portions.

Description:
BACKGROUND

Heretofore, various forms of golf practice putting targets, simulated cups have been proposed, some of which have included a frusto-conical member adjacent the target or simulated cup. Insofar as I am aware such frusto-conical members, if provided, were symmetrical and merely served to provide a smooth path from the floor or other supporting surface to the edge of the simulated cup and made no attempt to simulate a rolling and/or undulating surface such as is normally encountered on an actual golf green.

SUMMARY

Accordingly, a principle object of the present invention is to provide means for obviating the shortcomings and disadvantages of the prior art devices. This is accomplished, in accordance with the present invention by the provision of a plurality of components having undulating surface portions which components are releasably interlocked to form a simulated golf green adjacent a ball-receiving cup.

DESCRIPTION

The foregoing and other objects and advantages will become apparent from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is an elevational view of a cup embodying certain portions of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a sectional view of the cup of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is an elevational view of a flag and staff;

FIG. 4 is a sectional view, partly broken away, showing the flag staff mounted in an upstanding boss;

FIG. 5 is a top plan view showing the simulated green structure of the present invention partially assembled; and

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a golf game device embodying the present invention and in fully assembled condition.

First referring to FIG. 6, in accordance with the present invention there is provided generally, a cup 10 in which there may be mounted a flag and staff indicated generally at 15. The cup is surrounded by green-simulating structure, indicated generally at 35. The invention is useful either as a game or amusement device wherein one or more players attempt to direct one or more balls 13, 14 into the cup by stroking the ball or balls with a club 11.

As is best shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, cup 10 comprises a continuous upstanding side wall 20 joined to a bottom 21 at corners or junctions 27 and 32. Adjacent the upper edge 23 of wall 20 is a continuous flange 22 extending outwardly from the side wall and having an outer periphery 25. Flange 22 is joined to wall 20 at junction 26.

An upstanding boss 29 is joined to the cup bottom 21 at junction 28. The boss is provided with a bore 30 for receiving flag staff 12, and the boss is provided with an upper surface 31 which is positioned between the cup bottom 21 and the upper edge 23 of wall 20.

As shown in FIG. 3, a ball 36 is mounted at the top of flag staff 12 and the flag has a top 37 and a bottom 38 and includes an indentation 34 between tips 39.

Referring now to FIGS. 5 and 6, the green 35 comprises components 45, 46, 47, 48 each of which is provided with interlocking mating tabs 41, 44 for releasably securing together said individual components. The individual components are provided with portions 42 for engagement with cup 10 in a manner to be described hereinafter. Additionally, the surface of said components is curved to form valleys 49 with sloping transitional surface portions forming an overall surface simulating the rolling and/or undulating surface of an actual golf green. The individual components are assembled by placing adjacent components together along their respective radial sides and effecting radial relative movement therebetween to interengage the securing tabs 41, 44.

After the green 35 has been thus assembled, the portions 42 form a circular shaped opening slightly larger than the outer diameter of wall 20 and smaller than the outer diameter of the outer periphery 25 of flange 22. With cup 10 and green 35 placed on a supporting surface, flange 22 supports the inner edge of the green adjacent portions 42 at a preselected level above such supporting surface with the remaining portions of green 35 sloping downwardly toward such supporting surface.

The foregoing components may be made of any suitable material, but are particularly suited to be formed for example by molding of plastic material.

While a particular embodiment of the invention has been illustrated and described, it will be obvious that various changes and modifications can be made without departing from the invention and it is intended in the appended claims to cover all such changes and modifications that fall within the true spirit and scope of the invention.