Rochester, New York: Oldest Miniature Golf Course in the USA

Built in 1930, and has a sign declaring its age primacy. At least two other U.S. mini-golfs also make this claim.

Whispering Pines Miniature Golf

4383 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY
Whispering Pines Miniature Golf. North edge of town, next to the Parkside Diner, on the southwest corner of Emily St. and Culver Rd.
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Crab cage hazard.

Oldest Miniature Golf Course in the USA

I went to a convention in Rochester and tried to check out all the Rochester sights listed on Roadside America. I took a group with me to play miniature golf and we had a great time. The course has a nautical theme; lots of crabs and lobsters everywhere, although I'm fairly certain these don't live in nearby Lake Ontario.

[signmanjoe, 08/15/2014]

The golf course was built with rocks imported from the West during the mini-golf boom of the Great Depression. Restored in 2012.

Oldest Mini-Golf Course in the World

Whispering Pines Miniature Golf Course holds the world record for oldest golf course that is still in use (since 1930). It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are 18 holes with all the cliche mini golf hole themes -- the windmill, the mystery pipes, the two-tiered hole. The difference is, this place invented them.

[Jordan, 09/23/2009]

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