Jay Wells watches his golf ball wind through the opening hole at the Five Nations miniature golf course.
The fairways go up and down, sweeping across the landscape and providing a challenge to the most tried golfer.
In short, it’s almost like playing on the real course.
Mini golf has returned to Ticonderoga at the Five Nations Golf Center, located next door to the Ticonderoga Country Club and run by Ticonderoga varsity golf coach Jay Wells.
“We are really excited about this, and it has really come together well,” Wells said. “The aim is to provide some entertainment for the entire family.”
Wells opened the driving range at Five Nations one year ago and always had thoughts of expanding to include the miniature golf course and other offerings.
“We didn’t want to go with the big windmills and clown mouths,” Wells said. “We wanted a course that was historical and reflected the area where we live.”
Each of the 18 holes on the course are named after a historic aspect or area attraction, like the “Eye of the Needle,” on Lake George represented on the 10th hole; Roger’s Rock on the 13th.
“All of the holes are historically or geographically named,” Wells said. “We gave the designers an idea of what we wanted, and they went to work.”
The culminating hole on the course - the 18th - has a sweet treat waiting for anyone who can get the golf ball to go “home” in one shot.
“The Wind Chill is sponsoring the 18th hole, and people will receive a free ice cream for a hole-in-one,” Wells said.
Along with mini golf and driving range, Five Nations will host private parties and birthday events. They also have a nighttime, glow golf chipping course for groups of 20 or more. There are also golf clinics and children’s programs available.
“We are really looking to make this a happening place,” Wells said. “We will be open from 1 until 10:30 p.m. for July and August with plenty to offer for youth and the entire family.”
For more information or to book a party or event, call Five Nations Golf at 586-6838, visit the website fivenationsgolf.com or search Five Nations Golf on Facebook.