Object Record

Object Name Sign
Catalog Number 1990.029.002
Description "Play Tom Thumb Golf" sign, circa 1928. Round enamel over metal sign advertising Tom Thumb Golf Course, which was founded by Garnet Carter on Lookout Mountain. Garnet Carter was the first person to patent a game of miniature golf which he called "Tom Thumb Golf" in 1927. He built the miniature golf course on Lookout Mountain to draw traffic to the Fairyland Inn, which he owned. His wife, Frieda Carter, designed much of the course's obstacles, which had a fairyland theme and were inspired by her interest in European folklore. Garnet Carter later founded the Fairyland Manufacturing Corporation, which by 1930 manufactured and sold over 3,000 of his Tom Thumb miniature golf course franchises. He later used the profits from that and established Rock City in 1932 as a new tourist attraction.
Date 1928 circa
Dimensions H-42 L-42 inches
Accession number 1990.029