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Avalong Farms Miniature Golf & Arnold Palmer Driving Range

Avalong Farms Miniature Golf along Mt. Zion Road in Springettsbury Township (Sunday Aug. 16, 1964 Artwork by Cliff Satterthwaite)
Avalong Farms Miniature Golf along Mt. Zion Road in Springettsbury Township (Sunday Aug. 16, 1964 Artwork by Cliff Satterthwaite)

I remember Avalong Farms Miniature Golf during our family’s many visits to the Dairy Bar or the Drive-In. Cliff Satterthwaite drew the Avalong miniature golf course on August 16, 1964; four years after it opening along Mt. Zion Road during 1960. Today, golfers who want to enhance their swings can easily do so thanks to innovations like that golf hitting mat.

AvalongDrivingIn 1965, a franchise for an Arnold Palmer Driving Range was obtained and at that time the miniature golf course was upgraded to an Arnold Palmer Putting Course. This May 16, 1970 ad in The Gazette and Daily notes an American Cancer Society fundraiser at The Arnold Palmer Putting Course and Driving Range on Mt. Zion Road.

A blank scorecard for the par-36 Arnold Palmer Putting Course is included at the end of this post. As I recall, the putting course reverted back to a miniature golf course within a few years. Likewise, the Arnold Palmer Driving Range simply became a driving range about the same time. Maybe one of my readers can provide the details.

Internet sites devoted to miniature golf and driving ranges note that Arnold Palmer Putting Course and Driving Range franchises began in the early 1960s, so these facilities at Avalong were likely some of the earliest in the country. The sites also mention that none of these facilities remain in the United States, although some remain in the United Kingdom; however no longer under the Arnold Palmer name.

The following THEN & NOW Aerial Photos show where the Arnold Palmer Driving Range and the Miniature Golf course were located with respect to Avalong Farms Dairy Bar and the Drive-In. In terms of the present surroundings, the driving range and miniature golf facilities sat where the stormwater retention basin is situated just north of the Rutter’s store along Mt. Zion Road. Driving range golf balls would have been flying over the Red Robin into Boscov’s parking lot at the Galleria.

THEN & NOW Aerial Photos at the intersection of Mt. Zion Road and Whiteford Road in Springettsbury Township (THEN photo from York County Archives and NOW photo from Bing.com; Annotations by S. H. Smith, 2015)
THEN & NOW Aerial Photos at the intersection of Mt. Zion Road and Whiteford Road in Springettsbury Township (THEN photo from York County Archives and NOW photo from Bing.com; Annotations by S. H. Smith, 2015)

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