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Putt-putt:Killer idea or kitsch?

Aspen Times staff report

Some Snowmass Village business leaders believe their resort’s future rests with golf – miniature golf.

The Snowmass Village Resort Association is adding $100,000 to the existing special events budget of $413,000 in fiscal 2001 to try to spur summer business. Construction of an 18-hole miniature golf course alongside Fanny Hill leads the list of proposals to attract more visitors, according to Terry Hunt, SVRA general manager.

But Snowmass isn’t envisioning a miniature golf course like Uncle Earl’s in Tourist Trap USA, which Hunt acknowledged many locals would consider kitsch.

“The fact is it’s not cheesy,” Hunt said about Snowmass’ proposed course. “If people are thinking about pink flamingos and windmills, I concur with them. But miniature golf doesn’t have to be cheesy.”

A consultant from New Jersey is working on the design. Once that’s finalized and a cost estimate is available, SVRA will likely seek approval from the town government.

The course would start at the kids’ ski school facilities at the mall and extend 700 to 800 feet down the slope. A cart would offer players a ride back up to the mall level.

The course would take advantage of the existing landscape rather than the addition of cute props. Hunt said there will be par-4 putting holes and possibly even a par-5 hole.

The idea was proposed by a special events committee at SVRA. Other special activities being pondered for next summer are a climbing wall, additional concerts on Fanny Hill and activities geared toward kids.

Something like the miniature golf course won’t necessarily be a big draw by itself, said Hunt, but it fits into a package that makes Snowmass more attractive.

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