I’ve decided that Downtown Silver Spring needs a miniature golf course. While all the new restaurants and movie theaters are great, we need some additional recreational options in that area. This is a outdoor activity that everyone can do and is great for dates, birthday parties, etc. I don’t remember this, but I was told that the building that used to house Champion Billiards was previously home to an indoor mini-golf course.
In recent years, development in MoCo has come at the expense of courses that were somewhat convenient to Silver Spring:
- The mini-golf course at White Flint Golf Park (which I played quite a bit) in Rockville was turned into a parking lot, which I presume is just a precursor to becoming the location of more "luxury" condos. Hell, that's not even Rockville anymore, it's "Bethesda North". The course is still viewable on Google Maps (for now).
- The Putt-Putt further up Rockville Pike, at which I attended many a birthday party as a kid, was leveled for condos as well. (Pic)
There are still a few options left, but none of them are particularly convenient to DTSS:
- You can drive way up 29 to Laurel to the Rocky Gorge course.
- Mid-Atlantic Golf center, nominally in Silver Spring, has one, but that's a bit of a hike as well.
The only other mini-golf courses in MoCo, at least to my knowlege, are in Gaithersburg , Germantown, and Kentlands. But why would anyone want to go all the way up there?
Interestingly, the District is home to one of the oldest, if not the oldest, mini-golf courses in the U.S. at East Potomac Park. Some claim that the East Potomac Park course is the oldest operating mini-golf course in the country, athough there are other courses that make the same claim. Of course, Hains Point, is literally the farthest away from Silver Spring you can get in D.C.
Where would the mini-golf course go in DTSS? What would be great is to put it on top of City Place, but that space is now taken. The future ice rink could be converted into Mini-Golf for the warmer months. I believe that's what they do at the Kentlands rink. Anyone have any other ideas?
UPDATE: Ballston is getting a mini-golf course. If they can build one, so can we. [Thanks to Dan @ Just up the Pike for the tip.]
It'd also be great if Silver Spring had its own Lucky Strike, but let's be honest, if they instituted the same dress code as the downtown location, no one in Silver Spring could get in...
Of course we did have a bowling alley right downtown for quite a long time, but it was ultimately closed because "Silver Spring's new, more affluent crowd will want sushi instead of bowling". It's now an expensive health club. You can still go play duckpin bowling in White Oak, at least.