WHEATLAND – After two years and three months of hard work and many setbacks, the Wheatland Mini Golf Course at Lewis Park in Wheatland is open for business.
“The dream has become a reality,” said Tom Bramlet, one of the original group of people that has been with the project from the beginning. “We were able to do it with help of many donors and sponsors. Thanks to the city council for believing in us and I hope the citizens of Platte County enjoy it.”
Bramlet briefly explained the process and steps taken. The course had to be designed and needed to be Wyoming themed. He said they really tried to use local resources, both talent and materials, whenever possible. It is ADA accessible so anyone may participate regardless of mobility issues.
The large animal statues were obtained from the Antique Emporium in Deadwood, S.D. They needed the sculptures to be heavy duty to withstand being in the elements and the proprietor located a buffalo, eagle, cougar and wolf. All animals that can be found in Wyoming.
Blinky Byers had stored the buffalo in one of her outbuildings until the course was ready for it. However, when they lifted it up to transport it, a kitten tumbled out of one of the legs. Further inspection revealed two more kittens nestled inside the sculpture. Byers adopted all of them.
I’m not sure if they are bittons or kuffalos,” said Byers with a chuckle.
The course was built by volunteers, both adults and kids. The three builders most involved throughout the process were Bob Seidel, Tom Bramlet and Brian Lay. Retired Wheatland High School art teacher Wade Ward was consulted for landscaping advice. This was truly a community effort.
The cost to golf is $3 for kids age 5 to 17-years-old and adults are $5. Children under age 5 are free with a paying adult. The course is open Monday through Friday, 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.