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Back in the day, before miniature golf courses had to have 50' waterfalls and giant dragons with lazers shooting out of their eyes, there was Putt-Putt. We had a mini-golf in the town where I grew up, but the Putt-Putt was a few more miles away, and we always wanted to go there over the local one. Why? Dunno... the name "Putt-Putt" had a certain cachet to it, it somehow seemed you were playing the real thing. (Even though miniature golf was around long before Putt-Putt was.) That Putt-Putt is now long gone, buried under a Walgreen's or Rite-Aid or some other terribly uninteresting beige drug store, so I was pleased to find this one next to my motel in Richmond, IN. On the other hand, I was sad to see a "FOR SALE" sign on the property. (for $295,000) I hope it'll remain a Putt-Putt, but it doesn't look like it will. Some things should just never go away.


Putt-Putt now calls themselves "Fun Centers", and according to their corporate web site, centers "may include go-karts, bumper boats, batting cages, laser tag, game rooms and even climbing walls".


I thought the mini-golf was fun enough. If I'm in Richmond again this summer, I'm gonna see if this Putt-Putt is open. If so, you can catch me on the links. :-)

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Taken on March 7, 2008