Do you know where you can find Kingsley the moose? He is a statue at Snow Mountain Ranch on the new miniature golf course and Kingsley joins other statues of a bear and a fox, an old west wagon, horseshoes, and some critters crawling up light poles. The golf course also has a snack shack that is open most afternoons where golfers can buy ice cream, chips, soda and candy. There are shaded picnic tables so you can enjoy your snack.
The new miniature golf course is getting a lot of praise from guests. Katie Block, the Program Director at Snow Mountain Ranch says, “A woman in a wheel chair appreciated that the course was handicap accessible. It is one of the things at the Y that our family can do together.”
The course is open during the day and at night and is free for anyone staying on the property. People staying off grounds can buy a day pass or a YMCA membership if they wish to use the course. It is good for all ages from 2 to 102. There are toddler holes that have a large cup so younger children can feel a sense of accomplishment but adults are free to play there too.
Laura Shepherd, the Family Program Supervisor, played miniature golf with friends around 10:30 at night. Just for fun they wrapped glow sticks onto the putters. Because there are lights on the golf course it didn’t change much but Laura said it inspired an idea for a glow in the dark miniature golf tournament here at the Y.
On the day I visited the golf course, the REECA Heritage Camp was on the course. REECA stands for Russian/Eastern European and Central Asia. The Heritage Camp brings together families with adopted children from those countries. Cynthia Dillon has been coming to Snow Mountain Ranch with this Heritage camp for three years. She and her husband Jeff have two adopted children from Armenia. Cynthia and Jeff were in charge of having an activity that was fun but that would allow the children to learn something about Armenia. She chose the miniature golf as a venue and put up trivia questions about Armenia on each of the holes. Not only did the Heritage Camp guests enjoy reading the trivia, but other guests joined in and learned about Armenia. Cynthia talking about the miniature golf course and said, “This is amazing. It is super fun. The kids love it. We were shocked that it is so new and so nice. It is a great course. We played both the 18 hold and the toddler’s 9 hole course.”
Graeme Wilson is a frequent visitor to Snow Mountain Ranch and has just completed six weeks at Camp Chief Ouray. He was playing miniature golf with his cousins and his grandfather and Graeme said, “This is a very clean course. Yet again the Y has added another fun addition for family and friends.”
The miniature golf course is located behind the Program Building on the Snow Mountain Ranch grounds. Stop by and play a few rounds the next time you are staying at the Ranch. Reservations are not necessary and miniature golf may become one of your favorite Ranch activities.