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.