(BEMUS POINT, NY) — Of the many highlights along the route of the 2016 Chautauqua Gran Fondo, slated for Saturday, August 27, will be the new miniature golf course at Midway State Park on Route 430 in Bemus Point. 

Plans are currently underway for the landscaping and development of the new course’s challenging 18 hole layout which features a nostalgic design inspired by Friend of Midway Peter Sullivan and implemented by Adventure Golf Services– an industry leader in golf course design, based out of Traverse, Michigan.

According to Robert Wooler, President of the Friends of Midway, “The new course will incorporate themes and structures inspired by Chautauqua Lake and local culture, including a tribute to lake fishing, the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry, the Chautauqua Institution Miller Bell Tower, and the Lucille Ball comedy tradition.” 

This upgrade to the park, along with the recent restoration of the Chautauqua Choo-Choo train ride and the 1946 Herschell Carousel will bring Midway State Park back to its former glory. “The overall goal with all of our restoration activities,” continued Wooler, “is to re-create a true atmosphere from the park’s heyday in the 1950s. Miniature golf exploded in popularity in the 1950s, so it will be a thrill to bring back a first-class course for visitors to the park to play.”

When completed for the beginning of the 2016 season, Midway State Park officials see the potential of longer opening hours for the course and a longer season of play.

A sneak peek of the plans for the new Midway State Park Mini-Golf Course.

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Jason Bussman