The last time The Mini Golf Guys played a round of mini golf in Siren, Wisconsin things were just a bit different. The three chaps were still college students. The course they played at was wildly overgrown. There was a dead animal floating in the shuttered bumper boat pool. The Mini Golf Guys as a whole didn’t even exist yet, it was just three best friends out having fun and making memories.
The former amusement park they stumbled upon that day hadn’t hosted a real mini golf game in at least a decade. The park as a whole was just a shadow of the former park that families flocked to along Highway 70 between Ashland and Siren, Wisconsin. However, it was host to the most memorable round of mini golf we’ve ever played. It was the moment that jumpstarted the tradition that’s become The Mini Golf Guys.
Last summer Mike was driving by the general area where he knew that course was. He’d been doing that for years, but because the course had become even more overgrown he could never find the course. There was nothing online. There was no sign, no parking lot, nothing. It was a mystery that was just riding over his head.
Then, something changed. A new ownership group took over, and as Mike drove by the sign for That Highway 70 Campground was now up. Mike slammed on the brakes, and pulled a U-Turn on the rural Wisconsin highway to go check it out.
No doubt about it, this was the course he knew and remembered. The holes were basically still in tact exactly how he remembers. The pool had been removed, and land had been cleared to bring people in to create new memories in a full-service campground. Mike found the campground on Facebook, and immediately messaged the owners to see what was going on. Quickly plans were made to get The Mini Golf Guys back to the course the moment it opened.
That’s exactly what happened in June of this year. Mike and Tony drove to the course, while Alex flew in from Southern California. Family and friends joined. Campers from the park came out to join as well.
The course is in amazing shape as the new owners have done incredible working bringing it back to its full glory. Alex won the competition between The Mini Golf Guys as they played the first round on the re-opened course, and the long-timer mini golfers put on a show during a greater tournament with teams of campers as well. It was a memorable event for all involved, and the course itself is one The Mini Golf Guys would suggest everyone goes out to visit.
The classic and timeless course design offers unique challenges, but is approachable for mini golfers of all ages and skill levels. The owners are passionate about the facility. The attention to details with signs and support from the community with sponsorship are inspiring.
A big shoutout to everyone involved at That Highway 70 Campground for inviting us out and helping us make new memories around the game we all love!
NOTE: The Mini Golf Guys are less than two weeks out from the 2019 tournament in Virginia! Learn more about the Virginia trip, including how you can donate to Children’s Home Society of Virginia at theminigolfguys.com/virginia.