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Irondequoit, New York: Oldest Mini-Golf in the USA

Built in 1930; a sign declares its age primacy. At least two other U.S. mini-golfs also make this claim. Whispering Pines preserves its original layout.

Whispering Pines Miniature Golf

4383 Culver Rd, Irondequoit, 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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Whispering Pines Miniature Golf

This is listed as the Oldest Minigolf in the U.S., but it was established in the 1930s. Alison's Minigolf in Geneva on the Lake Ohio was established in 1924.

[Tim Richardson, 09/08/2023]

We've never been able to sort the conflicting "oldest" claims among various ancient minigolf courses, so in the spirit of roadside ballyhoo we let all of them keep the title.

Miniature golf.

Oldest Miniature Golf Course in the USA

So much fun!

[Em, 07/28/2019]

This has been the location of Rochester's Parkside Whispering Pines MIniature Golf course since 1930, though there's probably not much that hasn't been replaced over the decades.

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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