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January 8, 2014

Mini-golf proposed at popular ice cream spot in Ipswich

Course would take 45 minutes to play


Tee Time Miniature Golf and Driving Range on Route 1 closed several years ago. There are now plans before the Planning Board for a Tractor Supply Co., a major farm and lawn retailer, to be built at that location.

If the project is approved, Bouley hopes the course will be built in time to open this spring.

Bouley said he had kicked the idea around after hearing his high school workers say there is nothing to do in town. As a father of two boys, Bouley said he understands the frustration.

“There is no bowling alley, and the other mini-golf course closed,” he said. “They kind of got me going on it.”

Bouley said the course would take about 45 minutes to play. Plans drawn up by Ipswich’s H.L. Graham Associates and Harris Miniature Golf Courses of New Jersey show the winding course with four ponds, spray fountains, sand traps and elaborate landscaping. Bouley and the architect are working on developing more detailed plans for lighting, landscaping and signs, according to the application.

Bouley will also have to file an application with the state transportation department for curb cut modifications, according to the application.

Bouley said the course will bring eight to 10 new part-time jobs, and he plans to host family nights and fundraisers for local organizations.

After 18 holes, mini-golfers will have a chance to win a free ice cream cone, Bouley said. If the shot is missed, the ball will disappear.

So far, there hasn’t been any opposition.

“The reaction has been great,” Bouley said. “Everyone I’ve talked to has said it is a great idea and that there is a need.”

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.





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