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Why not a putt-putt course?

June 24, 2011 - Per Peterson
We recently posted a question in our online poll about what readers would like to see more of in downtown Marshall. The overriding theme of the responses — many of which were positive and constructive thankfully — was the lack of entertainment in Marshall. Marshall prides itself on its musical background and offers some great musical and theatrical performances, but filling an entertainment void among younger families in a growing city is hard to do. There are a lot of talented artists from Marshall and surrounding communities, but they’re not really head-turners who draw big crowds. And when it comes to being entertained everyone has their own unique taste. Marshall needs to focus on entertainment for the entire family. In that light, I propose someone constructing a putt-putt course. Don’t laugh. It’s gotta be done right and on a grand scale. If the city can find the funding to build a skate park, why not a mini-golf course — not a little rinky-dink one that will see weeds eventually take over, but a big, well-staffed one that’s open day and night. The really nice putt-putt courses are attractive to college and high school students and, more importantly, families of all sizes. It can be built near the future Pizza Ranch, or in one of our parks. Think about it, city of Marshall. Putt-putt courses may not be as popular as they were 20 years ago, but put a nice one in a city of nearly 13,000 people and it would pay off.


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