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Hit the greens and enjoy a fish fry at Community House

By Staff | Apr 19, 2017

Indoor mini golf will once again take place on the island at the Community House with a nine-hole course created by two gentlemen for three days this weekend.

The golf, which is $3 per player, will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23.

A community fish fry, prepared by Resident Chef Jarred Harris, will kick off the weekend of fun from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 21. The fish fry will include Point Ybel Brewing Company beer battered cod, jicima slaw and hushpuppies. The kid menu includes mac and cheese. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for kids. Tickets can be purchased at the Community House.

“Our kitchen guild will be working with Jarred in the kitchen, so it’s a learning experience. It’s always a hands-on cooking demo from the chef when you are back there helping. You learn all of the chef’s secrets and cooking in large quantities. They get that experience of how to plan and prepare for a large gathering,” Salli Kirkland said.

The Kitchen Guild are also baking cookies, which will be available for dessert.

She said the whole idea is to offer an educational opportunity for the Kitchen Guild, as well as an opportunity for residents and visitors to come together at a family friendly event.

“It’s also an opportunity to raise funds for the continual operation of the Community House,” Kirkland said. “It’s a fun way to make a little money and hit all of those goals.”

The original miniature golf event began when Toni Lapi, now the CEO of Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts, wanted to offer a little fun for families, as well as generate income for the Sanibel Community Association. The Sanibel event was held for 23 years.

With the Community House renovations now complete, the miniature golf event will return again this year with a new and improved portable course.

Kirkland said the goal was to create a mini golf event, utilizing portable pieces, that could be held numerous times throughout the year.

In the past businesses have sponsored the event, which afforded them free passes for their customers to encourage families to join the fun.

“Now, because we have these cool nine holes we are looking for business sponsors to sponsor a hole in itself. For a little bit more they can sponsor the hole and have a sign right on that hole. That will go for how many times we set it up for the year,” Kirkland said. “In that deal as a business sponsor if they want to have a party at the Community House we will set up their mini golf hole if they want to have it at their business party, cocktail party.”

Since Kirkland, and her husband Billy, donated the funds and manpower for the construction and design of the course, they named the course “Community House Golf,” which will sport the Billy’s Sanibel logo.

Employees of Billy’s, Ryan Markosky and Kyle Galloway, have been designing the nine holes since November in their spare time. Each of the holes began with a design on paper, before it was transferred to wood, cut and covered with the green putting grass. The process from start to finish was about three hours.

All of the pieces are predrilled and ready to be assembled. The holes also include props that are placed on the green – such as a bridge, a boat filled with golf balls and a lighthouse.

The holes, some of which stemmed from ideas from their children, include Over the Bridge, Which Way?, Zig & Zag, Spoke Me, Electrified, Shell Stopper, Twisty Turny, Dog Leg Rack em and Free at Last. The pars are two or three for each hole.

“They are not too difficult, not too easy,” Galloway said of the holes.

He said the course has a Sanibel theme and vary in shapes from squares, triangles to circles.

“It’s been really fun,” Markosky said. “I want to make it for my house.”

Kirkland said everyone who plays will have their name put into a drawing every day for prizes donated by local merchants.

The rules for the game include no more than six strokes per player per hole, the ball may be moved away from the border, keep the play moving and have fun. The game also includes one penalty stroke for ball in a hazard, ball leaving the boundary of hole currently playing and a ball relief from obstacle.

The indoor mini golf will return to the Community House three days before the Fourth of July on Saturday, July 1, Sunday, July 2, and Monday, July 3.

“It’s so darn hot to be outside, so we thought that would be a fun thing to do,” Kirkland said, adding that the event will kick off with a hog roast. “It’s about bringing family together at the Community House. It’s always been a goal to do things where you can involve the kids for stuff to do.”

The Community House is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way. For more information, call (239) 472-2155.