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Mini Golf event set for this weekend

By Staff | Dec 23, 2015

The inside of The Community House is transformed into a mini golf course for the annual Mini Golf Event. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Community House will be transformed into a mini golf course for four days offering individuals with the opportunity to engage in some good ‘ole fashion fun during an affordable afternoon, or night out.

Tony Lapi, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts president and chief executive officer, said years ago he was on the board of the Community Association at a time when they were looking for ways to hold a fundraiser without interfering with the merchants.

“We wanted to come up with an event that would be neutral,” he said for The Community House. “Thanks to the merchants, they contributed to make it the success it is.”

This year marks the 21st annual Mini Golf Event at The Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, running from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, through Tuesday, Dec. 29. Admission is $3 for adults; $2 per child.

Daily prizes are given out thanks to donations from the island businesses in 12 divisions.

One of the many families that has participated in past years. PHOTO PROVIDED

“We may have over 1,000 people play it, but because they come stretched out over the whole day or evening, it doesn’t seem to be a big event,” Lapi said.

The golfing is held inside The Community House, allowing participants to play rain or shine. Lapi said they turn the big hall, as well as part of the middle room of the house into 18 holes complete with vegetation. Raymond Lumber lends The Community House 4×4’s to help with the layout.

Some of the holes feature water, an old windmill with an actual fan, slides where the ball goes through a series of pipes, as well as other innovative scenes.

“Many of the sponsors will put a banner up, or decorate a hole,” Lapi said. “It’s a pretty unique setup. We haven’t modified it very much. The holes are tricky to putt and people seem to enjoy it.”

He said he extends a great deal of gratitude to those that have helped throughout the years.

“None of this would be possible without the volunteers who man this,” Lapi said. “We really appreciate their help.”

He continued to say he also has a great deal of gratitude for the businesses and individuals who have sponsored the event.

The event has been a great fundraiser for The Community House raising between $10,000 to $11,000 a year.

Lapi said the event is a fun and traditional affair for the family to enjoy. He said he loves seeing the kids come and have a good time, as well as families playing the game together.

“It gives the people, not just on the island, but the guests of different resorts, or condo rentals, something to do before dinner, or when they finish dinner,” Lapi said.

The merchants that support the cause hand out passes for the customers to enjoy the Mini Golf Event.

For more information, call (239) 472-2155.