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Free mini golf course may be coming to downtown New Port Richey

Posted at 12:39 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 18:30:10-04

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — New Port Richey could soon be getting a free mini golf course downtown.

The mayor and city council are considering building a $20,000 mini golf course at Sims Park. It would be open to anyone who wants to use it.

The idea came from Regan Weiss, who lives in the community.

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He posted about it on social media, grabbing the attention of Mayor Rob Marlowe, who then brought the discussion into a city work session.

Weiss says local businesses have already started donating money to build the course, which he says would continue the legacy of a pretty big name in golf.

"Back in the 1920s, Orange Lake was an executive golf course, a 9-hole golf course. So this is a nod to Gene Sarazen who actually lived here and created the pitching wedge," Weiss said.

"As we were cleaning up the lake, they were doing a buch of dredging, bringing a bunch of muck out of the bottom," the mayor said. "The one antique thing we found were antique golf balls!"

Weiss plans on going in front of the city council with a video presentation within the next two weeks.