Postcard showing Golf-Fun some time in the 1960s. Shared by Alan Clark.

Lagoon’s original miniature golf course, Golf-Fun, was designed by Holmes Cook, a “nationally-recognized designer and consultant for miniature golf courses.” Other parks with courses designed by Cook included Palisades Park in New Jersey and Rocky Glen Park in Pennsylvania. He also developed coin-operated batting cages and golf-ball dispensing machines for driving ranges.

Each hole on the 18-hole course represented a particular area of the United States. Here’s a list of the features I’ve found so far. The first six correspond to the pictures on the right and the last two are easily seen in the picture below.

  • Washington, D.C. – Washington Monument (A)
  • State unknown – Cactus (B)
  • State unknown – Barn or Covered bridge? (C)
  • Utah – Seagull Monument (D)
  • State unknown – Lighthouse? (E)
  • Louisiana – Alligator (F)
  • State unknown – Paddle-wheel steamboat
  • New York – Statue Of Liberty

Golf-Fun, which seems to have been alternately named Golf Fun USA, also had a fountain, waterfall and pond and cost over $35,000 to build.  Golf Fun was later remodeled into Putter Around The Park.

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