On Aug. 3, the new nine-hole Kevin J. Zmyslowski III (Tripp) Memorial miniature  golf course officially opened  at Lake Front Park.

On Aug. 3, the new nine-hole Kevin J. Zmyslowski III (Tripp) Memorial miniature golf course officially opened at Lake Front Park.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


New miniature golf course opens at Lake Front Park

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published August 6, 2019

 In an effort to earn his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout rank, Grosse Pointe North High School sophomore Colin  Jambekar made the scorecard holders  for the mini-golf course.

In an effort to earn his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout rank, Grosse Pointe North High School sophomore Colin Jambekar made the scorecard holders for the mini-golf course.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS/ST. CLAIR SHORES — It was four years in the making, and now it’s ready for tee time.

On Aug. 3, a dedication of the new nine-hole miniature golf course was held at Lake Front Park, 23000 Jefferson Ave. in St Clair Shores.

The new Kevin J. Zmyslowski III (Tripp) Memorial Course is a gift to the city from the Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation. The independent organization, designed to enhance the community for the benefit of residents, visitors and businesses, has been busy raising money to bring the mini-golf course to the park.

A lot of planning and hard work went into the project. Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation President Lisa Fuller thanked Woods Mayor Robert Novitke, the City Council and city administrators “for their endorsements of the project.”

With a nautical theme, the fenced-in miniature golf course is adjacent to the park’s Activities Building. Amusement Construction, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the company that constructed the putt-putt course. Now that the course is up and running, the city will take ownership of it.

“This is such a great thing for the park. The city is happy for that,” said Grosse Pointe Woods Mayor Pro Tem Arthur Bryant, who was given the honor of being the first player on the course. “We want to thank the Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation. We want to thank all the donors. This will be a wonderful addition to this park.”

Games cost $2 per person, or membership cards are available for eight games for $10. Residents must leave their park pass with staff when using the course equipment. The fee can be paid at the desk at the Activities Building, and the game credits will be recorded to the resident’s park pass for future use. The ultimate plan is for the mini-golf course to be open during the spring, summer and fall, but not during the winter.

According to the Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation website, gpwfoundation.org, the Zmyslowski family donated a $25,000 signature sponsorship of the miniature golf course. Other major sponsors include A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Peter and Lisa Ahee, Edmund T. Ahee Jewelers, Mike and Lisa Fuller, Kevin and Barbara Hendrick, Douglas and Margaret Rahaim, and the Original Pancake House of Grosse Pointe.  

Grosse Pointe North High School sophomore Colin Jambekar made the scorecard stands for his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout project. He had help from his grandfather and other members from his troop, which is No. 96 out of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

“I wanted to do something for my community because I live here,” Jambekar said. “I want to make it nice for everyone else. It was a bit of a daunting project. It was a good experience to learn how to organize all the kids. I think it turned out very well.”

Grosse Pointe Woods resident Rachelle Koester did the landscaping of the new mini-golf course by planting flowers and spreading mulch. She said Fuller helped her. The plants that Koester used are designed to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

The Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation is always looking for volunteers with event planning, public relations, membership drives, project planning development and data entry.

“The donations come to us to build things for the city and the residents of the city,” Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation Vice President Peter Ahee said. “It’s so important for us to have amenities like this. Our first project was the clock at City Hall. This is our latest and our largest gift.”

For more information on the Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation, visit gpwfoundation.org.

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