Miniature golf is as much a piece of Americana as apple pie and baseball. This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the opening of the first miniature golf course in the United States and courses around the country are participating in this celebration. During the month of June, Fun Junction USA in Fayetteville is getting in on the fun by celebrating this summertime staple during the first week of summer. From June 22nd through the 29th, Fun Junction USA is offering $1.00 golf games for anyone who tells us that they are celebrating miniature golf’s anniversary.
“We are very excited to celebrate the anniversary of miniature golf,” says Dianne Williams, owner of Fun Junction USA. “Miniature golf is what started us in the family entertainment industry and has been a key part of our business ever since.” Telaina Panzenhagen, General Manager at Fun Junction USA, says “We’ve been looking for fun ways to share our excitement about our park and what we have to offer with the community. The 100th anniversary and celebration of miniature golf is perfect.”
In 1916 the first commercial miniature golf course, the Thistle Dhu (“This’ll Do”) opened in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Since that time, the miniature golf industry has seen many changes. What started as a form of entertainment for well-dressed adults has become an activity that the entire family can, and does enjoy. From rooftop gardens to the signature windmill obstacle, miniature golf courses have evolved in style and props to the highly themed and decorative courses that we enjoy today. Over the past 26 years, miniature golf at Fun Junction USA has also seen its share changes. In 1990, its first 18 hole miniature golf course opened, featuring clean lines and colorful light canopies. This first, basic course was soon followed by an indoor course of the same style. While the indoor course was removed in order to make room for an indoor playground, Fun Junction USA was in no way turning its back on miniature golf. In 1999, Fun Junction USA built a concrete mountain as the focal point of two new mining themed courses named Lakefront and Riverwalk. The new 18 hole courses featured waterfalls, rivers, and ponds and lie alongside the original course. In 2015, the Lakefront and Riverwalk courses were featured in the 21st Century Fox Movie Alvin 4: Roadchip. Additional props from the movie still adorn the top of the mountain, adding to the old mining camp feel. In 2016, all of the courses were renovated with upgraded hardware, new carpeting and enhanced landscaping. The miniature golf courses at Fun Junction USA have seen multiple generations of guests enjoying the simple pleasure of miniature golf fun with family and friends.
Fun Junction USA is located in Fayetteville, GA at 1675 Hwy 85N. This locally and privately owned company has been a source of family friendly entertainment for the south metro-Atlanta area for over 26 years. For more details visit www.FunJunctionUSA.com or e-mail Info@FunJunctionUSA.com.