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Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum: Hole 4 – Pearl Harbor
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In late 1941 the United States, while technically neutral, was becoming more and more politically involved in the war raging around the world. As a reaction to Japanese aggression, the US Government froze all Japanese assets and promptly imposed an oil embargo on exports to Japan.
With the strategic resource on which they depended to wage war gone, the Japanese were put in a position that necessitated attacking oil-rich Allied islands in the Far East and crushing the American fleet that would respond. Thus, Japan stealthily moved a fleet of six carriers with over 400 aircraft towards Hawaii.
Just before 8am on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, the first of two waves of Japanese aircraft began to bomb American ships and airfields. In just 90 minutes the Japanese sank or damaged 21 ships, and over 2,400 servicemen lost their lives with another 1,100 wounded. Nearly half of those killed were aboard the USS Arizona when her ammunition magazine exploded. Fortunately, the prized targets, the American carriers, were not in port at the time of the attack.
Simultaneously, the Japanese launched strikes against the Philippines, Malaya, Hong Kong, Guam, Wake Island, and Midway Island.
The day after the attack, President Roosevelt gave his famous “day of infamy” speech and Congress declared war. Three days later, Hitler and Mussolini declared war against the United States. America was now fully embroiled in the Second World War.
Before Pearl Harbor, the United States ranked behind Romania in terms of military might, but due to US mobilization of women in factories at home, and a mass influx of volunteers the United States would soon become the strongest army on earth.
With the United States slowly gearing up to wage war on the Axis, German U-Boats saw their chance to strike against an inexperienced foe… (-continued on Hole 5)
Vocab Word: Aircraft Carrier – Aircraft carriers are large ships with runways built into the deck, allowing for takeoff, landing, and re-equipping for fighters, dive-bombers, and in some cases larger bombers. These ships would prove crucial to American strategy as the United States began an “island hopping campaign” to strip away at Japanese-held territory. Although vulnerable if inadequately defended, aircraft carriers were vital to winning the war in the Pacific.Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum
Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941, a date that will live in infamy. Nearly 80 years later, Pearl Harbor has become known to nearly every American through memorials, movies, pop culture, and now in Mini Golf. While, this hole was still under construction at the time of our visit, the imagination in its creation is reflected in the carpet design. Think of a ship being there with gun turrets, craters in the deck, and a torpedo or two. The hole is located on the far back right side of the green in the “Hospital”.
Mister Mini Golf Pro Tips
It’s always a challenge to give a tip on something that isn’t complete but note that the ship is 69′ in length and it breaks to the left. Therefore regardless of the end design, it is going to take a considerably powered putt to get it there.
ADA Accessibility Notes: ADA compliant pathways are installed to allow for 9 holes of accessible play.
For more details on course accessibility, always check in with a course you are visiting as they may be able to do additional accommodations. In addition, a great resource is the ADA Checklist for Miniature Golf Courses.
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