Putt-Putt for a Purpose at the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf
The Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course has been a popular place in the summertime, as residents and visitors alike enjoy a round of mini golf right at the Stearns Park Beach overlooking Ludington's North Breakwater Lighthouse.
The course is currently closed for the season but will reopen on Memorial Day weekend in 2020.
About the Jaycees Mini Golf CourseThe Ludington Area Jaycees’ Miniature Golf Course was opened in 1967 for the sole purpose of generating funds to support community projects. Since that year, over $300,000 has been donated by the club to local initiatives. Proceeds from the mini golf are only used to support local charitable organizations and causes with zero dollars going toward the Ludington Area Jaycees’ chapter projects.
Some of the major projects the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course has supported over the years are: banners for the Downtown Development Project, a birthing room at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, Copeyon Park Fish Cleaning Station, Ludington Recreation Soccer Field on Bryant Road, Mason County Recreation Football, emergency equipment for Ludington Fire Department, Waterfront Park Playground, Stearns Park Accessibility Walkways, Ludington and Mason County Central High School’s Music Departments, among many others.
Charity MondaysAs part of the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf mission, the course donates 30% of profits each year back into other non-profit organizations and initiatives in the community. One way the group accomplishes this is through "Charity Mondays" where various organizations get 30% of profits on Mondays throughout the summer.
Organizations Benefiting from Charity Mondays in 2019 Included:
- Caritas Food Pantry, St. Mary’s Church in Custer
- Freedom Festival Fireworks
- Mason County Foundation
- Mason County Promise Scholarships
- Hearts to Haiti Outreach
- Arts in Motion
- AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environtment and World)
- Ludington Petunia Parade
- The Stage Left Theatre Company
- The Friendship Bench Project
Fund the Fireworks Fridays
In addition to Charity Mondays, the Jaycees added "Fund the Fireworks Fridays" in 2019. On Fridays during the season, proceeds from the days play will benefit Ludington's annual 4th of July Fireworks show, which the Jaycees also run.
In 2019, Storybook Yoga was held at the course on select Fridays. Storybook yoga is funded by the Jaycees Mini Golf as a family-friendly event to promote community healthy habits and is free to attend. Families are encouraged to play mini-golf after the classes in order to support Fireworks Fridays.
Sara Roesler, who teaches the yoga sessions, encourages children to move and stretch by incorporating imaginative thinking and stories into the yoga practice. Roesler uses methods from her training with Cosmic Kids to engage children in a unique yoga practice. Each session starts by quieting the student’s minds and bodies and Roesler introduces the class to a few poses. The story incorporates these poses into a familiar or easy to imagine story. At the end of the practice, Roesler challenges her students with partner poses or more difficult poses to push bodies and minds further. The class ends like most yoga practices by sitting quietly and giving the greeting “namaste.”
By 2015, time and elements had taken their toll on the Jaycees Mini Golf Course so the Jaycees pursued a complete overhaul of the course at that time. With the help of state grant funds and sponsorships the course has been completely revitalized with the hopes of bringing in more money to be donated back into community projects.
A new theme, talked about by the Jaycees for several years, has been implemented on the renovated course and encompasses educational and historical obstacles and highlights local attractions. The Landmarks of Ludington theme fits in with other community efforts which focus on the rich history of Ludington and Mason County.
The renovation project was the beneficiary of the 2016 Lake Jump and the club has also received a $45,000 grant from the Passports for Recreation Program through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
A few sponsorship opportunities for the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf still remain. For more information, contact Mini Golf Chairperson Mary Burden at (231) 690-2020. General monetary donations (with checks made payable to Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf) can be sent to: Ludington Area Jaycees, c/o Mini Golf, P.O. Box 411, Ludington, MI 49431.
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Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf
900 W. Ludington Ave.
Ludington, MI 49431
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