Custom categories, long missing from Google Maps, had retained their presence in MapMaker. That distinction has now ended. MapMaker has announced the end of custom categories and that MapMaker would now use the standard 2500+ categories that have been available to My Business and Maps.
Firstly, a BIG thanks for your continued support to improve Google Maps!
Google Map Maker offers you a detailed menu to add the most relevant category by providing a wide range of 2500+ categories to choose from. While we continue to expand this list, we’ve removed the ability to manually type-in the category of your choice.
Henceforth, any existing free-form categories will only be visible to the mapper who originally created them.
Once again, your understanding and patience is tremendously appreciated.
Thanks, and Happy Mapping!
Google MapMaker Nukes Custom Categories by Mike Blumenthal