New mini-putt opens in Chelsea, Que

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by admin on June 3, 2009

June 3, 2009  -  After two years of discussion, design and digging from Orlando, Florida to Chelsea, Quebec Dunn-D’s Mini-Golf opened to an uncooperative drizzle that failed to dampen the spirits of those on hand.

“It’s going to be very successful,” Chelsea mayor Jean Perras said after his walk through the 18 holes.

“And it didn’t even require a referendum.”

The course is an impressive feat of landscaping with turquoise streams cutting through the greens, contrasting with piles of grey pebbles, and young trees that will further complement the surroundings as they age.

The pièce de resistance is a waterfall flowing down both sides of a pile of boulders in the course’s centre.

“It was a long haul, putting in so many hours,” Dunn-D’s owner, Pierre Wistaff, said.

Unable to find a local to build what he had in mind, Wistaff attended a show in Florida where he met David Bailey of Bailey Consulting. Bailey showed him around several of his courses in Orlando, which provided Wistaff with the proper inspiration.

“We gave him a preliminary drawing and then they added to it and made some adjustments,” he said.

The result is what Wistaff calls a course designed for fun, with no defined pars.

“It’s not your traditional course with precise banks like a pool table,” he said.

Instead, the balls can find their way across a hole in a number of ways, including downstream, before being bounced back to the green along a metal grate.

Wistaff said his mini-golf is a good activity for families.

“You can spend a couple of hours here and then go to the Gatineau Hills,” he said. “It’s a good way to spend time together and not break the bank.”

Wistaff said he already has more than 20 birthdays booked, along with groups from schools and day camps.

Eighteen holes at Dunn-D’s costs $6.00 for children, $7.50 for students and seniors and $9.00 for adults. Families of four can play together for $26.00.

The course is located at Dunnderosa Golf Club on 11 Notch Road in Chelsea. Nine of the 18 holes are accessible to those with reduced mobility.