A Brief History of Miniature Golf at Lakeside

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications


MiniatureGolfHut_Week_1_Patterson781The simple and fun recreational game of miniature golf has been a part of the Lakeside Chautauqua experience for more than 50 years.

In 1963, under the leadership of Lakeside’s Executive Director, George Beebe, the miniature golf course was built in Central Park. Sitting only 50 feet from the shoreline, the location and tree canopy make the course pleasant, even in the heat of a sunny, summer day.

The great game, played on the greens with a putter and brightly colored golf ball, added to the array of recreational activities at Lakeside long ago, and still remains a treasured experience today.    

Since the 1960s, Lakeside’s various miniature golf obstacles at each hole have evolved, and the putting greens have been repaired and replaced throughout the years.  So, what is your favorite obstacle?

In 1984, the first hole-in-one tournament took place, and more than 150 individuals participated.

Today, many Lakeside families make it an annual tradition to plan a miniature golf tournament during their visits to the lake. Is your family planning a tournament for next summer?

Over the years, the sights and sounds around the miniature golf course have remained the same– waves crashing, families laughing, grunts for missed holes or cheers for hole-in-ones– making Lakeside’s course a unique and special place.

If your family loves the miniature golf course at Lakeside, consider making a donation on #GivingTuesday. Give an online donation on Tuesday, 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.

Tell us in the comments below, what are your most cherished moments about miniature golf at Lakeside?

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