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Into the Woods Mini Golf & Gardens opens in Copper Harbor

June 29, 2011
The Daily Mining Gazette

COPPER HARBOR - Practice your putt at Copper Harbor's newest attraction.

Into the Woods Mini Golf & Gardens opened June 24 and features 18-holes of outdoor family fun charmingly inspired by local destinations.

"The number one thing people ask when they come to Copper Harbor is what is there to do here?" owner Staci Gibson said. "I wanted to create an opportunity for them to come here and play 18 holes of golf and leave with 18 different ideas for things to do next."

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Into the Woods Mini Golf & Gardens, opened June 24 in Copper Harbor.

As players navigate the course, they'll discover each hole is representative of a familiar tourist stop or piece of Copper Country history. The Delaware Mine, Estivant Pines and Fort Wilkins are just a few attractions golfers will encounter along the way.

Situated at the base of Brockway Mountain, the course varies in difficulty and winds through a wooded area, offering putters a challenge.

"The obstacles are built into the course so there's water hazards, breaks, sand traps, jumps, chip shots, elevated shots ... there's a lot of variation," she said. "I overhear a lot of people saying this is a lot harder than it looks."

Nine of the holes are wheelchair accessible, Staci said, and in that case they would play two rounds to get a complete 18-hole game. On-site restrooms are wheelchair accessible and include a baby changing station to accommodate families.

Reservations are not required for a round of golf. Visitors are welcome to simply swing by.

"Come on in, head on out and have a great time," Staci said.

The club house near the entrance of the course is where visitors pay for their game and pick up their putters. Snacks and beverages, including Arizona Arnold Palmer iced teas, as well as a variety of outdoor toys can be purchased there as well.

"The products I have in there are designed for fun and over time it will evolve to include retro games, like Rubik's Cubes and things that are good for kids to take in the car to keep themselves entertained," she said. "We have things like jump ropes, water guns, water balloons, bug catching items for the budding entomologist ... things that appeal to kids that keep them active, busy and engaged."

Eco-friendly laundry detergents and cleaning supplies as well as soaps and dog collars, are also on hand. The pet supply line will soon be expanding to include treats and toys.

Being that Staci is a dog lover herself, and considers dogs "a part of the family too" the golf course does welcome friendly pets.

"I think having them be a part of the experience only adds to it for people," she said. "As long as they're leashed and friendly, they're more than welcome to come and be a part of it."

Into the Woods Mini Golf & Gardens is located along Gratiot Street, where Staci also resides nearby in the former Country Lane Bakery. Her background in horticulture is evidenced by the lush gardens that surround her home and the newly constructed course. In the future, Staci said she will be offering perennial sales and garden tours.

"This was a concept that came to me seven years ago and it took some time to compete," she said. "The local residents and businesses have been so supportive of it. I love Copper Harbor. The people are amazing and the setting can't be beat."

In the near future, Staci said groups will be able to rent a designated area at the back of the course for birthday parties, family reunions and get-togethers. The course is also available for reservations for private parties.

While leagues have already been forming, Staci said she encourages others to form leagues and tournaments.

"Just let your imaginations run wild with it," she said. "I want people to look at this as an opportunity to get together and have fun with it."

Into the Woods Mini Golf & Gardens is open from 10 a.m. to sunset Monday through Saturday; and noon until sunset Sunday. Once lighting is installed, the course will be open until 10 p.m. daily from May until Octoberweather permitting.

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Into the Woods Mini Golf & Gardens of Copper Harbor. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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