Lions, monkeys and crocodiles. These are among the foes miniature golfers will face at the renovated Mike Sedar Park course in Casper, opening Memorial Day weekend.
Grant Sybrant, who will operate Putt’n Paradise Mini Golf with his wife, Nicole, said the obstacles also feature Bigfoot.
“It’s a family business, and so my kids picked out a lot of the themed animals,” he said.
The mammal and reptile statues were made for garden or amusement park decorations. Sybrant said he found them online, made of everything from fiberglass to resin.
“Some of them you have to shoot under, sometimes you have to hit around, some of them are used for bank obstacles,” he said.
The obstacles will modify the course while leaving the physical layout unchanged. The Sybrants took over operations this year, after the Breakfast Optimist Club operated it from 1968 to February 2012. The club was not able to maintain the course any longer and did not renew its lease with the city of Casper.
The mini golf course closed for the summer of 2012 when no one replaced the Optimists. Sybrant, who grew up in the area and played miniature golf at Mike Sedar most his life, said he was disappointed when it closed. Then he set about restoring it.
“We’re changing it a little bit,” he said. “We’re modifying it in that we’re adding new obstacles.”
In a tradition similar to the Optimist Club’s, a percentage of the profits will go to charity. The Sybrants will first contribute to a Shriner’s travel fund, which pays for children’s transportation to hospitals and treatment centers, and then consider rotating charities.
After this season, Sybrant said he hopes to extend the dates. This year he’s focused on preparing the course for opening day.
“We’re just setting up the course and getting it ready for Memorial Day weekend,” he said.