LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I'm glad mini golf is coming back to town
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It is nice to see that Bemidji will once again have a miniature golf course. With that in mind, here is a bit of history about a mini golf course in our community that I am familiar with.
On June 11, 1950, there was a grand opening of the Sports Center located across from Bob Lowth Ford.
Horace May and Leo Cooper, both school teachers, opened up a driving range, miniature golf course and drive-in restaurant.
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The driving range and miniature golf course continued to thrive for the next 21 years, becoming a hot spot for the community.
With 14 automatic tees, you could buy a bucket of balls for either .50 cents or $1. Two other grass mounds were groomed for those who wanted to work with irons as well as woods.
Miniature golf at that time for nine holes cost .25 cents. The small clubhouse sold sodas and snacks.
"The Range," as we affectionately called it, drew in many of the Minnesota Vikings players when they were in Bemidji for camp.
The summer recreation program was a hit with school-aged children learning about golf and etiquette from Brian Eggersdorf, teaching pro and teacher.
Golfers who needed to warm up before a golf match and those golfers who played in local tournaments, such as the Birchmont, honed their swings by practicing at the golf range.
Simple, fun, educational and an important part of Bemidji's history. I am glad mini golf is coming back to town.