One-Hit Wonder, Bird's Eye, and the four Course badges are separate from rank progress. You'll earn the Course badges when you complete the specific course under par.
For Mini Clubs, a Birdie is one under par.
For New Putter, you must finish courses with a score of -1 or less.
ALWAYS read a game's How to Play, and also check for a Hints or Tips tab and/or Tutorial. They do help!
If you're new to the game, take a minute to get a feel for the interface. Aiming and shooting is pretty simple, but get used to hitting shots of different speeds and see how the ball responds. Also, try panning and zooming around the first few holes to get used to the controls and once you've got that down, it will make things a lot easier as you play on.
You probably won't get an amazing score the first time through a new course, but that's okay! They're meant to be difficult to master, but it is possible to score below Par. Sometimes even more than one shot below Par, on each and every hole in the game. Pay close attention to how the ball bounces off walls and obstacles, and especially what happens to the ball when it rolls over course features like sand, rough, and ice. You'll have to take the effect of these hazards into account on most shots in order to get good scores.
On certain shots (especially from the tee), it may be possible to align the aiming vector with a landmark, such as a particular bend in a wall or nearby obstacle, to help you line up a reliable shot.
If you're close to the cup, be careful with how hard you shoot the ball. It is possible to for the ball to go so fast that it loops around or 'skips' over the cup. It's easy to forget about your power-ups sometimes, but that would be a crying shame, some of them can really help you out when the situation calls for it. If you forget what they do, just mouse over a power-up icon to see its description again.
Playing a 9 hole course won't get you a Jackpot Spin, but it will give you an opportunity to play a specific set of holes over and over until you master them. You'll still win Tokens and earn rank progress, too!
More about Mini Golf Madness
Mini Golf Madness brings all the fun and excitement of traditional Mini Golf to Pogo. Now you don't even have to leave the comforts of your own home to enjoy a great game of Mini Golf! And if that wasn't enough, you'll see things in this game that you'd never see on any real Mini Golf course.