Nine hole mini golf opens in Toko­roa

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

Toko­roa’s lat­est at­trac­tion may be mini but it’s promis­ing huge amounts of fun.

Lo­cal Ron­nie Ban­field has re­cently opened the nine hole Toko­roa Mini Golf course next to BP in Lo­gan St.

The fire­wood mer­chant said it’s been a long time in the mak­ing and he was pleased to now be shar­ing it with oth­ers.

‘‘I have al­ways wanted to open up a mini golf and I’ve been work­ing on get­ting it set up in be­tween work­ing so it has taken me a lit­tle while but I have fi­nally got here and I think it’s go­ing to be re­ally good for this town,’’ he said.

‘‘When peo­ple are com­ing through Toko­roa they will be able to see it off the main road so it’s fan­tas­tic for the town’s im­age and I have been get­ting ex­cel­lent feed­back from those who have come and given it a go.’’

Ban­field has lived in Toko­roa all his life and said Toko­roa was the per­fect spot for such ven­tures.

‘‘I’ve played mini golf in Whanga­mata, Ro­torua, and Taupo¯ so I just thought well Toko­roa needs a mini golf too,’’ he said.

‘‘I re­ally think Toko­roa is underrated as it is cen­tral which makes it a good place to live and do any­thing like this.’’

He said mini golf was also an ac­tiv­ity the whole fam­ily could par­take in.

‘‘It is a great thing for fam­i­lies be­cause older gen­er­a­tions can en­joy a game with younger gen­er­a­tions and spend time to­gether as a fam­ily while hav­ing fun,’’ he said.

‘‘It also en­cour­ages chil­dren in Toko­roa to play sport. You can start off with mini golf and then start go­ing out to golf ranges.’’

‘‘You have to in­spire young gen­er­a­tions to go out and do some­thing and this is a good place to start for a sport,’’ he said.

Ban­field said he was look­ing for­ward to see­ing more ex­cited faces giv­ing it a go.

‘‘I have two teenage daugh­ters and they and all their friends love it,’’ he said.

‘‘I didn’t have a lot of space here to be able to do this but I think I have used ev­ery­thing the best I can. Every­one likes the bright colours and I have a huge sign up which catches peo­ple driv­ing on the road and you can even see it from Col­sons Hill.’’

‘‘It gives peo­ple some­thing to do and I am hop­ing it will be a long-term thing be­cause it is sim­ple and good fun,’’ he said.

Toko­roa Mini Golf is open seven days from 9am un­til late.

Adults $10, chil­dren and se­niors $6, fam­ily pass $25.

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