City looking into building mini golf course

Brett Berntsen
Leo Maestas plays a round of golf at Civitan Golf Course in January 2012. The course could soon serve as the site of a mini golf course.

FARMINGTON — Local residents may have one more outdoor activity to enjoy soon, as the city is looking into adding a miniature golf facility at the Civitan Golf Course.

Chris Jones, general manager of the city's golf programs, said designers have proposed constructing an 18-hole course that pays homage to the unique features of the region.

“It’s not going to be some hokey thing with a clown’s mouth or windmills,” he said. “It’s going to have landscaping that will promote the Four Corners area.”

Jones said the proposal is still in the design and feasibility stage. The city will hold several public input sessions on Wednesday, July 13 at the Civitan Clubhouse. Meetings will take place at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The course would replace Civitan's horseshoe pit, which Jones said would be relocated to Kiwanis Park. Jones said mini golf would fill a void in the community, as the nearest such course is in Durango, Colo.

“It’s a great activity for families or even dates,” Jones said.

For Homer Post, the adult programs director at the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center, a mini golf course would open the door for a number of opportunities.

“People from the age of 5 to 105 can play together,” Post said.

Post said he would like to make mini golf an event in the annual San Juan County Senior Olympics, and it could provide the opportunity for disabled participants to compete, as well.

In addition to the mass appeal of mini golf, Jones said the activity has another advantage when it comes to drumming up support.

“It’s a revenue generator,” he said. “I think it would pay for itself quickly.”

And while mini golf requires a lesser skill set than the full-size version, Jones said it could spark interest in the sport.

"We could get some new golfers out of it," he said.

As Post put it: “You drive for show, but you putt for dough.”

Brett Berntsen covers government for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4606.