Couple tee up mini golf course opening

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Get your best putting shoes on and gather the family for a round of mini golf at the new course in Oamaru.

The owners of the Oamaru Top 10 Holiday Park will be opening their newly-finished mini golf course to the public this Friday.

The course showcases the district, with holes featuring many North Otago icons, such as Whitestone Cheese, Moeraki boulders and the blue penguins.

Oamaru Top 10 Holiday Park co-owners Tracy and Shayne Kirk had been dreaming of building a mini golf course for years.

They played mini golf with their children whenever they went away and thought it would be a good use of their spare piece of land, Mrs Kirk said.

Each hole is based on an icon in the area and has an information plaque on it.

It was a great way of advertising the area while being fun and educational, Mrs Kirk said.

Although she liked all the holes, she really liked one of the newest additions – the Whitestone Cheese, she said.

“I love the cheese.”

Mr Kirk had built most of the course and it was a tough process of looking at the shape of each hole and working out what would fit where, Mrs Kirk said.

They started in October last year and had a couple of holes completed last Christmas, but Mr Kirk had been working on the course almost full-time for the last six months, he said.

It gave people staying at the park the opportunity to see what was on offer in the area and they might even stay an extra day, Mr Kirk said.

It was also something everyone – young and old – could enjoy, he said.

The course, located on Chelmer St, would be open seven days from 10am – 6pm (last tee-off).

By RUBY HARFIELD