Missouri Mini Golf (page 1)

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Cool Crest Garden Golf
St. Joseph, MO
Cool Crest Garden Golf has two remaining locations: this one and the one described below in Independence. They have many of the same statues but the locations were owned and operated separately. There were also Cool Crest locations in Topeka, KS and Lincoln, NE, both now closed. The Lincoln location was built sometime in the early 1950s and closed in 1993.

There is a Cool Crest Golf in San Antonio, TX which was built in 1937. The owner of the St. Joseph course says the San Antonio course was not related and I can find no evidence of it. However, the San Antonio location's logo bears a strong resemblance to the one still used in Independence.

This St. Joseph location opened in 1948. There are three courses and several of the figures are mechanically animated. The rocket is from the early 1950s. The golfing boy statue is from 1953 and the jester statue is from 1984. This course closed in 2018. It was sold in 2021 to Joe Town Mini Golf. The course has been restored and the Cool Crest name is still being used. [map]

Cool Crest Family Fun Center
Independence, MO
The Cool Crest Family Fun Center opened in 1950 and has four courses. They also have a video game arcade, go-karts, batting cages, and a restaurant. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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