MORGANTOWN — Inspired by family vacations, area resident Mason Young plans to open an 18-hole miniature golf course on Point Marion Road.
Construction is under way and there is not yet a date for the course to open, but Young said plans are for it to be completed by mid-August.
“It’s really going to depend on weather, and there are lots of unknowns when it comes to these construction projects,” he said.
Young and his wife take trips to Myrtle Beach, where they frequent several miniature golf courses.
“I’ve always been a big fan of mini golf,” he said. “And there’s not a mini golf in Morgantown, and I’ve never understood why. So I just thought that it was something family-friendly to open in Morgantown.
“I just wanted to bring a little bit of that back here to Morgantown, the Myrtle Beach vacation-style feel.”
Young said he has worked on the course for a while and dealing with the weather, getting the proper permits and unexpected delays can be overwhelming at times.
“This has been an idea I’ve had and been working on for over a year now,” he said. “Getting the land and permits takes a lot more time than you think. There have been delays along the way, and we’ve gotten by.”
The golf course is set to be on Point Marion Road, not too far from Pines Country Club.
“Of course, I’d like to be closer to the center of town but the closer you get, the more expensive it gets,” he said. “It’s accessible to town but it’s not too far away, so that’s why I decided on that piece.”
There is not a specific theme in mind for the golf course, but Young said it will have more of a “natural feel” that includes features such as water hazards and sand traps, which will be used as obstacles.
“I am most excited about the water features; it’s always funny to see somebody you’re playing with that hits their ball right in the water and you just laugh at them,” he said.
The first three people who get a hole-in-one on the 18th hole on opening day will receive a season of golf for free.
Construction on the holes will begin Monday.
“I can’t wait for opening day and to see everybody and their excitement,” Young said. “I can’t wait to see the people lined up on opening day, because I am getting tired of the construction and planning part. I am ready to run the stand and see everybody lined up to open up and play miniature golf.”