PROJECT INFORMATION -- CONSIDERATIONS
Choosing the right
location for your
facility will be the
decision you will
upgrades, etc. will
all be decided by
your location. Any
amount of energy
spent on determining your location will be worth it in the long run.
Feasibility studies, researching comparable locations, discussing your
ideas with other business owners, friends, relatives and other family
entertainment business owners may be very helpful.
Determine your population base, city, county and other nearby cities.
Check with your local chamber of commerce for this information.
Almost any size population base can support a miniature golf course.
But it is essential to determine your budget based on the population
in your area.
Determine your population base during the tourist season. Your local
chamber of commerce should be able to give you information based
on dollars spent. It is important to be located in the tourists'
destination loop - near beaches, shopping, local attractions and other
recreation facilities....Destination location is extremely important!
TRAFFIC COUNT and VISIBILITY
The number of vehicles that pass by your facility everyday will directly
affect your business. A low traffic count will cost you dollars in
advertising. You may want to keep this in mind when accessing the
cost of commercial property.
Most family entertainment centers will locate their miniature golf
course on the most visible part of their property. A beautifully
landscaped or “theme-based” miniature golf course will create more
excitement and attract more attention than any other form of
Is there a mall, theater, driving range, swimming pool, water park or
ice cream parlor next to or near your facility? These types of
businesses and miniature golf courses seem to compliment each other
STAND ALONE MINIATURE GOLF COURSES
A stand alone miniature golf course can be done quite successfully.
But adjacent businesses will become more important, acting as
anchors for your business. We do recommend a small game room or
concessions in your sales area. The addition of a game room and
possibly a large practice green will relieve some of your visitors'
frustration from long lines during peak periods.
If you do have competition in your area, you will be forced to build
bigger and better. Miniature golf enthusiasts will play all the courses
in your area, but will eventually return to the course they enjoy the
If it is apparent that your population base will attract future
competition, you may want to plan for future expansion. Designate
areas for additional scenes, water features and additional large areas
for go-carts, batting cages, bumper boats, food, etc.
SMALLER MARKET LOCATIONS
There seems to be a growing interest in building in the smaller market
areas, and there are some advantages to locating in these areas.
Lack of competition will allow you begin with a smaller budget and
upgrade your facility as your business grows. Initial costs for your
property will be considerably less (permits and zoning restrictions
should be less expensive obstacles to overcome). We hear this all the
time, “There is nothing to do in this town!” Here is the chance to do
something for your community on a limited budget!
If you have the space limitations of an indoor facility, or if water
features and elevation changes aren't necessary for your location, an
area of as little as 6,000
sq. ft. could be utilized to
build an attractive and
However, for a small
outdoor course, 16,000
to 25,000 sq. ft. would
be recommended. A
larger piece of property
will allow our designer to
create gradual and more
natural looking elevation
changes and also allow
larger and more
Elaborate courses can
exceed 40,000 sq. ft.,
allowing for the creation
of massive water
features and dramatic
Beyond the property
needed for the course
itself, additional areas for
sales, parking, storage,
restrooms and future
expansion need to be
The topography of your
property could have a
significant impact on
your budget and design.
Elevation changes on
your golf course are
essential. If you have a
relatively level piece of
property, material may
have to be brought in to
achieve desired elevation
changes. If drainage and
visibility are not an issue,
our designer may be able
to utilize the existing
materials to create
changes may be needed.
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