Touring an Abandoned Goofy Golf
Our Road Trip continues in Pensacola, Florida, where we stop and tour an unique attraction: an abandoned Goofy Golf.
After leaving Milton, Florida, we headed for a stopover in Pensacola, Florida, where we had a few stops to make. First up: an abandoned Goofy Golf.
Originally built in 1958, this iconic mini golf course, located on Navy Blvd in Pensacola, was open until 2004, when Hurricane Ivan blew through town, doing enough damage to the course that it had to be shut down. According to an article from the Pensacola News Journal, there are plans to revamp and reopen this 36 hole mini golf mecca, but when we arrived, nothing had been done as of yet.
At first, when we pulled up and saw the fenced off-area, I thought we couldn’t get in to the old golf course. Thankfully, I discovered the fence didn’t extend all the way around, and I spent some time walking around among the ruins, snapping pictures as I went.
And ruins they are. The cement structures – from a Shrek look-alike to Koopa’s castle to the knight (who is now missing part of his left arm) – definitely have seen better days, as their paint is now chipped and faded from the Florida sun. What once was lush green astroturf putting areas have been eroded by the weather, and now little remains of what they once were. Instead, these faded relics, with their moss-covered cement and other plant life, are more like ancient ruins than a mini golf course.
It was very interesting to walk around. You know those films where Earth has suffered some sort of cataclysm and the survivors are picking through the wreckage of the lives we lead today? It was kind of like that. I felt like a future observer, wandering among the faded and chipped decorations, wondering how this must have looked in it’s heyday. Fresh and green, kids laughing and parents cheering, the sound of putters hitting different colored golf balls through the various obstacles…it must have been a blast.
Walking through the abandoned Goofy Golf now feels a bit…eerie. It’s almost as if the ghosts of fun times past still reside here, yet the quiet pervades your every step. It was definitely an interesting experience, and something that you won’t get until your walking through it yourself.
Check out our pics below, and stay tuned for more from Pensacola!