Goofy Golf.

Oldest Surviving Goofy Golf

Field review by the editors.

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Although linked to the Goofy Golf that was later built by Lee Koplin in Panama City Beach, this Goofy Golf was designed and built by James W. "Jimmy" Hayes. It opened in October 1958. Hayes' son-in-law, Robert Fleskes, who owned a bowling alley in Mississippi, took over the business in the early 1970s and lived on the property in a trailer with his family. He ran it until early 2011, when he sold it to a long-time employee with the understanding that nothing about it would be changed.

Goofy Golf sign.

Calamity struck in 2003 when Goofy Golf's 23-foot-tall green cement dinosaur "Hammy" collapsed. He lay in pieces in a boatyard for five years until a local developer spearheaded Hammy's successful repair and return, just in time for Goofy Golf's 50th birthday in 2008. The developer had grown up playing at Goofy Golf, and wanted future generations to have the same experience that he did.

Also see: Panama City Beach Goofy Golf

Oldest Surviving Goofy Golf

Address:
401 Eglin Pkwy NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Directions:
Two miles north of US Hwy 98, on the northeast corner of Hwy 85/Elgin Pkwy and 1st Ave., which is three blocks south of Hwy 188/Racetrack Rd.
Hours:
M-F 3-8, Sa-Su 10-8:30 (Call to verify)
Phone:
850-862-4922
Admission:
Adults $3.00 (cash only)
RA Rates:
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