Putting it to the test

Pleasant Valley Greenhouse to host first-ever mini golf tournament

TORRINGTON – For the first time ever, Pleasant Valley Greenhouse will host a mini-golf tournament on Sunday – promising fun obstacles, friendly competition and cash prizes for the top finishers.

“I just wanted to have something fun for the community to come and do,” owner Gretchen Wollert said. “I hear about golf tournaments, and I thought, ‘Why don’t we host a mini-golf tournament?’”

Pleasant Valley Greenhouse, located at 4308 U.S. Highway 26/85, has offered mini-golf for five seasons now, and the course is always evolving.

“We change obstacles, add color, might change out a big grasshopper for a gecko,” Wollert explained. “Sometimes we’ll plant something out there – there are a couple areas to plant.”

Sunday, with early weather forecasts suggesting warm and sunny conditions, Wollert encourages residents to come out ready for an afternoon of fun. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m., and interested individuals should call (307) 532-GROW to sign up.

“They can show up that day if I know ahead of time,” Wollert said. “From college golfers to little kids to people from other communities – it’s our first one so we really have no idea what to expect, but we’re ready to have a lot of fun.”

A full list of tournament rules is available on the Pleasant Valley Greenhouse Facebook page.

In the future, Wollert hopes to continue hosting the tournament every year.

“We’d like to – we’re not set on the fall (season),” she said. “Summertime could be an option, as well.”

Pleasant Valley’s outdoor mini-golf course is typically open until around the first week in November.

“We try to go through Halloween, at least the end of October – it depends on the weather,” Wollert said. “We do decorate the course for October, we put a lot of fall and Halloween decorations all over. It really is fun.”

In addition, glow golf runs May through October on Friday and Saturday nights. The business is open daily every day but Monday: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.

The cost of Sunday’s event is $20 for a two-person team. The top teams will split the pot, and bonus prizes will be given for hole-in-ones.

“We’ll have refreshments available,” Wollert said. “We invite everybody to come out for a little competitive fun.”


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