Staff Blogger: Jessica Kidd, Advancement Manager
Floding has been coming to Lakeside his entire life. His family was first introduced to the community through a youth fellowship program.
Their family vacations began as brief stays but turned into much longer visits after the family purchased their first cottage in 1954.
After Floding graduated high school, it was time to get a summer job. He immediately looked for opportunities at his second home, Lakeside. He wanted to work in a central location that brought many families together, just like his own.
Floding gladly accepted the position as co-manager of the original Lakeside miniature golf facility in 1965.
At the time, he was working 12-hour shifts, seven days a week; it was exactly the job he was looking for that summer. After his first week, Steve Smith joined Floding as a second co-manager of the facility.
Since Smith had joined the team, shifts were split, allowing time to play mini-golf instead of solely managing the facility.
Before long, Floding held the record of a 33 on the course. His score held strong until another player received a 29, which was equivalent to seven holes-in-ones and earning twos on the remaining holes. Floding’s face lit up as he remembered his record-high score.
While he worked at the miniature golf facility, Floding would hear children cheer with excitement when they got a hole-in-one or grunts from those that could not get the ball past the windmill on the 8th hole.
Floding views the miniature golf course as a significant part of the Chautauqua experience. He reinforced these types of facilities are rarely seen today compared to the 1960s.
“The great thing about them is that they allow players to make their own fun and be imaginative, without being glued to technology,” said Floding.
The miniature golf course is an important part of Floding’s Lakeside story. The tradition of miniature golf at Lakeside brings families together each summer, which is what the Chautauqua experience is all about.
Save the date for #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, and give a special gift to support enhancements to the miniature golf course.
Make an online donation at www.lakesideohio.com/giving/tuesday on December 2, 2014, or call (419) 798-5396 with method of payment. Checks may also be made payable to the ‘Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation,’ 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440 with ‘#GivingTuesday’ in the memo line.
For more information, contact the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation at (419) 798-5396.