Mini golf course gets facelift

Billy Odinas (right), a private contractor through Jacobi Carpet
One, arranges pieces of artificial turf at the Hastings Family
YMCA miniature golf course Tuesday as Jacobi employee Josh
Morehead applies glue for another piece of turf.

Renovations funded by a Hastings Convention and Visitors Bureau grant are helping give Hastings Family YMCA miniature golf course a much-needed facelift.

The $25,000 matching grant is being used by and large to replace the course’s lower-grade carpet with higher-grade turf, with a few aesthetic touch-ups also included in the project, YMCA director Michael Krings said. Improvements include a new sound system, fully functional water feature and landscaping designed to beautify the grounds.

As a way to encourage the public to experience the improvements firsthand, the YMCA is holding an open house featuring a barbecue and free golf from 4-7 p.m. Friday at 1220 W. 18th St., weather permitting.

The YMCA took over operations of the course when it purchased the former Champions Sports & Recreation location in 2006. After relinquishing control of the course to Pastime Lanes for a couple of years, the YMCA resumed operations in 2013, shutting down the go-cart attraction in the process.

Krings said the touch-ups and new carpet to the course were long overdue.

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