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The News-Leader's Answer Man: New Mini Golf Course

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Question: Hey Answer Man! On East Sunshine Street, just east of Highway 65, there is a goofy looking building with a lot of poured concrete behind it. What is it?

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Question: Hey Answer Man! On East Sunshine Street, just east of Highway 65, there is a goofy looking building with a lot of poured concrete behind it. What is it?
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12516/6791637?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:45:16 +0000 The News-Leader's Answer Man: New Mini Golf Course Question: Hey Answer Man! On East Sunshine Street, just east of Highway 65, there is a goofy looking building with a lot of poured concrete behind it. What is it? http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12516/6791637?cpt=8&wpid=2637 KOZL Question: Hey Answer Man! On East Sunshine Street, just east of Highway 65, there is a goofy looking building with a lot of poured concrete behind it. What is it? - Jennifer Schatzer, of Springfield Answer: It's a 36-hole miniature golf that could open by May 1. The owners of Getaway Golf are the father-son duo of John Reinart, 24, and Michael Reinart, 61, of Springfield. John is a 2010 graduate of Glendale High School and is studying business at Missouri State University. Rather than trying to hit a golf ball through a windmill or a clown's mouth, the two 18-hole courses will feature famous tourist attractions. When Getaway is finished, the number of miniature golf businesses in Springfield will double. (Although, technically, Getaway is just outside city limits.) The only other one is Fun Acre, which has been around since 1972. It's a throwback to a different time, where it costs $2.50 to play the 18-hole course. Getaway will charge $12 for 18 holes and $19 for 36. When I mentioned this story in the newsroom, two colleagues asked if the new golf course would be Bring-Your-Own-Beer, which, I guess, is a "thing." No, it will not. The 2.7-acre has residential neighbors. The Reinarts agreed to not allow alcohol, to stay open no later than 10 p.m., and to put a 100-foot buffer at the back of the property. One of the courses being built will have replicas of national attractions. Hole No. 1, for example, will have a 12-foot-by-12-foot replica of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Others include the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. Each 18-hole course will have 12 replicas; some will be on the course while others will be off the course, but nearby. For example, you won't need rain gear because the miniature "Old Faithful" will erupt in three stages near the hole, not on it. Each replica will have a brief historical/educational plaque. Springfield company Elemoose is making the replicas. The company has done work for Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. The "worldwide" course includes attractions such as Stonehenge and the statues, called "moai," of Easter Island. These two displays are actually course obstacles. Others include the Eiffel Tower, Great Barrier Reef, Egyptian Pyramids, Roman Coliseum, Taj Mahal, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Machu Picchu, Great Wall of China, Leaning Tower of Pisa and a Komodo dragon from Indonesia. The Reinart family - which includes two daughters and mom Connie - lived five years in Jakarta, Indonesia, before moving to Springfield 10 years ago. Patriarch Mike once owned his own petroleum company, which operated in Turkey. He is retired - other than his work on this miniature golf project. "We are hopeful it is a big success," Mike tells me. "And we are hoping to do it right." John Reinart made sure there will be an 18-hole course accessible to those with disabilities. It combines the first nine holes of each course, mixing some of the national attractions with some of the worldwide attractions. The owners will donate a portion of proceeds to a charity. They are in the process of picking one, preferably one based in Springfield. The odd-looking building is the clubhouse, which will have two meeting rooms that can be booked for parties or company meetings. Neither father nor son would reveal the cost of construction. The builder is Harris Golf, located in New Jersey. Springfield firm Arkifex is the architect. To my amazement, of the 24 national and worldwide replicas that will be at Getaway Golf, all but three have been visited by at lone member of the Reinart family. They have not been to the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia, Easter Island in Polynesia or the Taj Mahal in India. (These are the views of Steve Pokin, the News-Leader's columnist. Pokin has been at the paper 31/2 years and over the course of his career has covered just about everything - from courts and cops to features and fitness. He can be reached at 836-1253, spokin@gannett.com, on Twitter @stevepokinNL or by mail at 651 N. Boonville, Springfield, MO 65806. Steve's articles: http://www.news-leader.com/topic/f471bbef-b023-4ca2-b031-eda137400290/pokin-around/)




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