Miniature golf courses expected to open in May

Go-carts, arcade, bumper boats also planned for site

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 RW DEVELOPMENT An anchor becomes part of the challenge of this hole. After nearly five years without goofy golf, Big Play Family Fun Center on the Biloxi Strip should open in May.

BILOXI

Coast residents and tourists could be playing miniature golf at the Biloxi Beach by May.

RW Development broke ground this week on the Big Play Family Fun Center at the northwest corner of U.S. 90 and Veterans Avenue. The golf course is scheduled to open the first week in May, said project coordinator Brandon Wooldridge. Hours will probably be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and until 11 p.m. on weekends, he said.

The company wanted to get the mini-golf up and running for the summer, but Wooldridge said they have even bigger plans for Big Play.

“We have laid it out for expansion,” he said, so go-carts, bumper boats, an arcade and other attractions can be added.

The two 18-hole golf courses will be different, but both will have Cajun, nautical and beach themes. Pirates, cannons, boats and anchors will carry out the themes along with shrimp, alligators, a large turtle and other marine life. Adding to the fun will be three water features with waterfalls and fountains.

When families get hungry, Wooldridge said there will be seating in the sun or shade at the concession stand serving hot dogs, pizza, nachos, popcorn, cotton candy and ice cream.

“We will have private areas for birthday parties and group events,” he said.

The snowball stand that resembles the Coast Transit trollies will be back on the beach at 90 and Veterans about the same time the goofy golf course opens in May.

Wooldridge said this is the only miniature golf course he knows of on the Coast. Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Magic mini-golf course on the Biloxi Strip.

Since the storm, RW Development built Hooters restaurant and Wooldridge said, “We are planning a summer opening of South Beach Hotel.” The company also has approvals to build 35 townhouses north of the tracks on Veterans.

“We just need to get some momentum here,” said Wooldridge, and he believes more development will follow on the beach.

By MARY PEREZ

meperez@sunherald.com

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