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Goofy Golf

In 1958, Lee Koplin came up with the idea for his Goofy Golf miniature golf courses, and built them around Florida, Alabama and Mississippi (the Biloxi location was wiped out by Katrina). Panama City was the location of the original, which still stands. The next oldest is this one, here in Pensacola. (Or at least according to the history I can find) Pensacola's Goofy Golf was severely damaged in the 2004 hurricane season. The owner of the property then lost his coffee shop in Hurricane Ivan (2005) and decided to restore and reopen this historic location.

 

The great thing about these Goofy Golfs over newer ones using the name is that... well, they're really goofy! No slick fiberglass stuff here. Nope, it's all silly looking concrete animals, a crazy looking T-Rex who's arm goes up and down (and makes a laughable "I need oiling" sort of "skree, skree" sound as it does), but in the silly campiness are some really great paintjobs on some of the features. I've been passing this place many times while I've been down here, and tonight I decided "Darn it... I gotta go shoot it!", so off I went. The manager was nice enough to let me just wander around the course, taking all the photos I want. (Thanks!) So here is a few slices of a nice old family roadside attraction. If you're ever in the area, stop by and support the place. They deserve it.

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Taken on January 26, 2009