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    I have alot of memories playing mini golf in Ocean City from my childhood. Some of them still remain today (pirate golf), but there are a few that no longer exist. One of the ones i distinctively remember is Gold Rush golf that was located at Jolly Roger (i believe). Just wanted to get some other people's opinions here and if they remember that one. If anyone has any photos of this i would love to see them! Another i remember was one somewhere in downtown that had an arctic theme to it. I cant remember the exact location though. What are some of your favorite old school courses?

  • #2
    We played the Arctic one when our kids were small. And of course the indoor ones at 68th St. We're not big mini golf people.
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    • #3
      There used to be a course at Trimper's. Granted it wasn't a great course, and didn't really have any stunts. But, it was cheap and rarely crowded. It was leveled to make room for more rides.

      It would be nice to have another mini golf option in downtown OC again.

      There was also the Paradise Cove courses. There were three at one time (one on 50th st, around 17th I think, and one further north).

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      • #4
        Gold Rush was up on the north end of the city. I think it was where Grotto Pizza is now (formerly Dough Roller). There was a bar next to it called Terrapin Station, and there were bumper boats out front. I loved that course. We used to be able to ride our bikes there. I also spent a lot of time on the three courses on 136th--Polynesian, Safari, and Pirate. And we played the Old Pro courses on 65th as well--Space Age and Cowboy. My family loved mini golfing, and I have some great childhood memories of those courses. My kids love it now, and we are making new family memories on the many cool courses in OC and Fenwick.

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        • #5
          Slightly related topic ...

          I saw in a recent "The Dispatch" that Old Pro of Old Pro golf (Herb Schoellkopf) recently passed away.

          Obit noted that he operated 20 mini golf courses along the east coast at one time before consolidating down to 4 during the 80's. Also notes that he built 150 or so mini golf courses and entertainment centers over the years.

          Apparently he was involved with the business right up until the end at age 95. Proof again that Mini Golf is good for the mind, soul and body!

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          • #6
            I liked the old sunburst mini golf (next door to Anthony's Carryout) course that was between 16 & 17 streets on coastal highway. I believe that there are townhomes/condos on that site now.
            common sense is not so common

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            • #7
              Gold Rush Golf was my favorite mini-golf place growing up. It was definitely up in the north end of OC and not at Jolly Roger. My cousins and I used to play multiple rounds there and then get soaked on the bumper boats. I wish there was a place in OC that still had bumper boats...they were awesome! I do remember passing Ice Land Golf on our way to the inlet, when I was younger but I don't think we ever went there. My current favorite place would be Ember's Island on 23rd. St.

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              • #8
                Baja Amusements in West OC still has bumper boats. However, these are electric and don't seem anywhere near as fast as the gas powered ones they used to have at the Gold Rush Mini Golf.

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                • #9
                  Thanks, mink! Good to know.

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                  • #10
                    Down under mini golf up towards the north end, maybe a little across the line is the best down here in my opinion

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                    • #11
                      Arctic gold course

                      I too loved playing at the arctic themed mini golf course. I remember it being down far probably almost at Division street. It was super bright at night time. In the 80's there used to also be a go cart place right on Coastal Highway. It was under a roof and everything. I am pretty sure they sprinkled baby power on the turns to make it a little more exciting.

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                      • #12
                        The covered go-kart track you are referring to was called the Pro-Trac and it was a "slick track" oval. And you are right, they did use baby powder to make the track more slippery so the go-karts could spin out easier if you were not careful. It was located at 51st street which is now part of the huge Seacrets parking lot. In fact, the concrete oval can still be seen in the northeast corner of the property.

                        It was part of a whole complex referred to as the 51st Family Fun Park as I remember. There was a mini-golf course, along with a tank battle, electric kiddie cars, and a few other minor attractions I can't recall. Also, not part of the complex, but sitting on the shared parking lot area was also a stand-alone sit-down Alaska Stand restaurant.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mink66 View Post
                          The covered go-kart track you are referring to was called the Pro-Trac and it was a "slick track" oval. And you are right, they did use baby powder to make the track more slippery so the go-karts could spin out easier if you were not careful. It was located at 51st street which is now part of the huge Seacrets parking lot. In fact, the concrete oval can still be seen in the northeast corner of the property.

                          It was part of a whole complex referred to as the 51st Family Fun Park as I remember. There was a mini-golf course, along with a tank battle, electric kiddie cars, and a few other minor attractions I can't recall. Also, not part of the complex, but sitting on the shared parking lot area was also a stand-alone sit-down Alaska Stand restaurant.
                          I believe that's where the original Paradise Cove Mini Golf was.

                          I was just talking to my wife about that Alaska Stand, the big yellow building on Coastal. I'm pretty sure I ate there at least once, but I'm not 100%.

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                          • #14
                            When I was a kid, we ordered ice cream sundaes at that Alaska Stand. We waited for over 30 minutes, and then my dad got up to see what the issue was. Apparently, the waitress either quit or was fired in the middle of her shift and took our order with her. We got free sundaes that night!

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                            • #15
                              Pro Trac

                              Originally posted by mink66 View Post
                              The covered go-kart track you are referring to was called the Pro-Trac and it was a "slick track" oval. And you are right, they did use baby powder to make the track more slippery so the go-karts could spin out easier if you were not careful. It was located at 51st street which is now part of the huge Seacrets parking lot. In fact, the concrete oval can still be seen in the northeast corner of the property.

                              It was part of a whole complex referred to as the 51st Family Fun Park as I remember. There was a mini-golf course, along with a tank battle, electric kiddie cars, and a few other minor attractions I can't recall. Also, not part of the complex, but sitting on the shared parking lot area was also a stand-alone sit-down Alaska Stand restaurant.

                              Wow! That's interesting to know. I remember going there on rain days with my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.It is weird these places slowly disappear and re replaced with something new. I never knew it was where Seacrets is now. Didn't the Alaska Stand Restaurant look kind of like a big house? I would love to take a video camera up and down Coastal Highway and the Boardwalk to document the changes.

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