Thursday, November 26, 2020

Mini Golf Moves in on Marco

 

 

By Julia Barnett

Marco Island is a paradise. Amazing beaches, fine restaurants, local plays, shows, music and events all add up to a diverse and culture-rich experience. There was something missing, however—mini golf. A long beloved pastime of many and a great activity to do with the family, there has been talk of putting a mini-golf or putt-putt course on Marco for years, and now it’s finally happened.

The Marco Golf and Garden is officially open for business. Owned by local lawyer Fred Kramer, and located on Winterberry Avenue, right next to Sasso’s and

Native plants were chosen for a more mature decor.

Native plants were chosen for a more mature decor.

close to the Marco Walk Plaza and the hotel strip, the course is a long awaited dream come true for families everywhere. The nearest miniature golf course previously was on Tamiami Trail; difficult to get to if you don’t have a car.

The course opened in January of 2013, with 18 holes in total, 12 of which are handicapped and ADA accessible. Boasting a tropical theme—befitting of its location on our beautiful Marco Island—the course has already won the Beautification Advisory Committee’s “Annual Marco in Bloom Award for Commercial Property in 2013,” for

Alice Morgan, age two, sinks the ball. PHOTOS BY JULIA BARNETT

Alice Morgan, age two, sinks the ball. PHOTOS BY JULIA BARNETT

its use of different plants and the course’s landscaping in general, which is quite pleasing to the eye.

The course is fun and challenging, and, playing on the tropical theme, does not have a clown or windmill in sight. There are, however, water features, rises and dips, all coming together to make the course entertaining for the whole family, and easy for every member to participate.

Marco Golf and Garden is doing miniature golf right. Halfway through the course, there is a cooler of water bottles free to players, beneficial in the Florida heat,

Alice, a Marco native, is all smiles after her big finish.

Alice, a Marco native, is all smiles after her big finish.

especially during the summer months. Inside the “clubhouse,” of sorts, at the end of the eighteen hole course, is a cooler of ice cream treats available for purchase, appealing to the kid in all of us. With multi-colored golf balls, putters for adults and kids, and a beautiful set-up, the course is an appealing and exciting new addition to Marco Island.

Marco Golf and Garden is open from 10 AM to 10 PM, weather permitting, and is only $12 for adults and $10 for kids. Children under five years of age get in free with a paid adult.

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