Miniature Golf in a Funeral Home
The most hair-raising miniature golf we've ever played is in the basement of a funeral home in suburban Chicago. The nine hole course, "Ahlgrim Acres," includes obstacles such as coffins and headstones, with a one stroke penalty for bypassing the coffin on Hole #2. Screams and spooky music play continually.
The course under Ahlgrim Family Funeral Services has been operating informally since it was created in the late 1960s. Ahlgrim employees spoke about the futility of challenging the master of the course, Mr. Ahlgrim. "He's got the edge on everyone," confided a young funeral director. "He knows right where to hit the haunted house...that's the toughest one."
Miniature golf is offered by Ahlgrims as a standard part of their funeral package -- and many take it. The course is used by civic groups and fraternal organizations. Local shriners hold occasional meetings and initiations, though anyone can play as long as a funeral, or viewing isn't in progress (so always call ahead to check). It's not all grim at Ahlgrims!