The Ludington Area Jaycees
Mini Golf Course has been a popular place in the summertime, as residents and visitors alike enjoy a round of mini golf right at the Stearns Park Beach
overlooking Ludington's North Breakwater lighthouse
. But time and elements have taken their toll on the course, and the Jaycees are requesting community support for those renovations.
Jaycees Mini Golf: Providing Community Support for Nearly 50 Years
The Ludington Area Jaycees’ Miniature Golf Course was opened in 1967 for the purpose of generating funds to support community projects. Since that year, over $250,000 has been donated by the club to local initiatives. Proceeds from the mini golf are only used to support local charitable organizations and causes with zero dollars going toward the Ludington Area Jaycees’ chapter projects. Mini Golf proceeds are distributed after passing through the following steps: (1) Community group written requests (2) Major Projects Committee’s approval (3) Approval of the Jaycees General Membership.
Photos courtesy of Ludington Area Jaycees
Some of the major projects the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course has supported over the years are: banners for the Downtown Development Project, a birthing room at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, Copeyon Park Fish Cleaning Station, Ludington Recreation Soccer Field on Bryant Road, Mason County Recreation Football, emergency equipment for Ludington Fire Department, Waterfront Park Playground, Stearns Park Accessibility Walkways, Ludington and Mason County Central High School’s Music Departments, among many others. The Jaycees course currently supports the community by hosting Charity Mini Golf Mondays throughout the summer where the chosen community organization or cause receives 30% of the sales on that day.
A new theme, talked about by the Jaycees for several years, will be used for the course and will encompass educational and historical obstacles and highlight local attractions. The Landmarks of Ludington
theme fits in with other community efforts which focus on the rich history of Ludington and Mason County.
Photo courtesy of Mary Burden
Renovation has already begun and plans include fixing drainage problems, updating the course design and making it barrier-free, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project was the beneficiary of the 2016 Lake Jump
and the club has also received an up to $45,000 grant from the Passports for Recreation Program through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. More help is needed from the community to help the club complete the major overhaul of this historic and charitable business. Several of the landmark obstacles are available for sponsorship and donations from individual community members is welcome.
Monetary donations (with checks made payable to Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf) can be sent to: Ludington Area Jaycees, c/o Mini Golf, P.O. Box 411, Ludington, MI 49431
. More information on the Mini Golf renovation or donating to the renovation fund can be obtained by visiting www.ludingtonareajaycees.org
or by contacting Mary Burden, Mini Golf Chairperson, at (231) 690-2020.
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