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The Pensacola Goofy Golf opened in 1958 and was the second Goofy Golf built. Since the original location in Biloxi, MS has been destroyed, this is the oldest location in the chain to survive. Goony Golf bought this place in the 1970s. It was in bad shape and the owner brought in some new figures to spruce the place up. Some other Goony Golf courses can be found here: Chattanooga, TN, Spring Lake, MN, and Lake George, NY. Many of the chain's figures were inspired by those at Lee Koplin's courses, the most famous of which is in Panama City Beach, FL.
In early 2005, this location was pretty run down despite some effort to maintain it. Hurricane Ivan blew through in 2004 and that didn't help. However, a new owner fixed up the place and it reopened in 2007. The two courses have some original figures, as well as additions from a Sir Goony course from around 1978. During the recent renovation, several modern figures have been added. Around 2012, the course closed again. As of 2015, the place remained closed and neglected. In 2016, the place was sold to First Tee, a non-profit group which teaches youngsters golf and life skills. The course was restored and reopened in 2017. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]
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