My earliest childhood vacation memories all include a game of mini golf. My Mother made it her quest to find a mini golf course in every state we have visited. A few of the places we have played were; on top of a building in Kauai, in a hotel located in Casper, Wyoming and at Disney World.
As we planned our family vacation to Southern Colorado in July, we decided to take a trip, which we called “Tour de Putt Putt”. Trip rules were developed and included how a winner would be decided. Before we left on the trip we used the internet to figure out where there were courses along the way. We used AAA.com to put together a TripTik. We also called all the courses to make sure they were still in business. I am thankful my Mother didn’t follow through on making us “Raisin’ Hale Tour de Putt Putt “T-shirts.
The first day we drove to Rocky Mountain Mini Golf in Salida ($6 per game). We played in stormy weather and met the owner who used to live in my home town of Longmont, Colorado and went to high school with my Grandparents. He was even a friend with a lady who volunteers at my moms work. From there we traveled on to Mosca and stayed at the Great Sand Dunes Lodge ($100 a night). There was no where to play putt putt, but, there was a lot of Sand Dunes to climb. My mom and I made it up one dune and decided to sit and watch people while the boys chose to continue to the top. At the Sand Dunes there is a stream that only flows once in a while and it was not flowing that day, but, the weather was beautiful and the sand wasn’t to hot.
Day 2, we went to Lake City and played at the Alpine Mini Golf ($3) on our way to Ouray. The course was built like the ones you find indoors, was slightly worn, but, was fun to play. Bring your bug spray as the bugs will be following along the course with you. As we continued our travels to Ouray, we had planned on stopping at the Cedar Creek RV Park ($5) in Montrose to play a round, but, we didn’t have time. When we arrived at Ouray, we stayed at the Hot Springs Inn ($139 a night and it includes breakfast) for two nights. The mini golf had been demolished to put in a hotel and the car that we were driving didn’t allow us to go four wheeling which is my favorite activity, so, we spent much of our free time sightseeing and in Telluride.
As we continued our loop back to Mosca for our last night before returning home, we stopped at Durango Park Mini Golf ($5) in Durango and Bogey’s Mini Golf ($6) in Pagosa Springs and played putt putt, then headed back to Mosca to stay there for one more night. Be prepared if you are playing in the summer, because it will be hot.
The next day when we were heading home, we chose to skip our last game of golf in Colorado Springs and go off the beaten path to Rye, Colorado to see the Bishop’s Castle. What an experience that was. At the end of the trip, we figured out my brother was the winner and he won a special piggy bank trophy. Even as a teenager I loved this trip and hope that someday we can do a Tour de Putt Putt in a different state.
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