Today's installment of "Throwback Thursday" takes us to the south side of the 1100 block of East 30th Avenue.
With the arrival of a new miniature golf course in Hutchinson, I thought it only appropriate to do an article on the previous ones. The first miniature golf courses in Hutchinson sprang up in 1930, mostly unorganized and on vacant corner lots. The first real course was opened by E.L. Semke of Enid Oklahoma, on the southeast corner of 25th Avenue and North Main Street, on June 20, 1946. Roller City, at 1035 E. 30th Ave., opened its mini-course on July 15, 1960, and was there until 1974 under the Skatemore name.
In 1964, Wheeler Broughton managed a course at Clowntown Kiddieland. Countryside Miniature Golf, run by Leon Scott, was at 1420 E. 30th, from 1966 to about 1980.
Robert Gillett opened the Shady Lane miniature golf at Fun Valley, May 30, 1985, until 1988. Putt-Putt Miniature Golf was owned by Phil and Cindy Schmitt from 1986 to 1997.