by Laura Z
Somewhere in NJ
April 12, 2004
In 1958, Lee Koplin reinvented and reenergized the idea of miniature golf when he opened Goofy Golf in Florida. Previous miniature courses were no more than putting greens. Koplin made obstacles oversized and towering over the putting areas. While his original idea has been modernized by courses today. Goofy Golf remains true to its roots. The course stands nearly identical to the way it was when it first opened. Although Lee Koplin died in 1988, his son keeps the tradition alive.
It costs $5 to play for children over 5. You collect your club, ball, pencil and scorecard and pick a course, 1 or 2. Course 2 is the favorite with larger statues, buildings and moving tails. Course 1 is a bit easier and less crowded. We tried course 2. My kids had loads of fun putting the ball through churches, chicken coops, monkeys tails, and bobbing ostriches. They did fairly well too. Only once did the ball go off the course and into the bushes.I chose to watch this time but secretly wished I had participated. Next time.
The course is right on the main strip in Panama City Beach. It doesn’t have all the ups and downs and steps that the modern day courses seem to all have these days. Instead, it has caves and dinosaurs to climb through and into. My kids loved it and every day ask to do it again.
From journal Panama City Beach for Families