The Rev. Matthew Johnson-Doyle, the church’s former minister who is now serving at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, Illinois, was one of the first to spot the property for sale in 2006. “I called the building committee right away,” he said. “I said maybe it’s crazy and maybe it’s the perfect solution. The turning point for the committee came when they started to imagine the mini golf course as a meditation trail. The other benefit was that the property was located on a main street and everyone knew where it was.”
The church operates the miniature golf course as a separate entity and employs young people from the congregation. The church’s youth raised money for a local charity last summer by donating a portion of the entrance fees. Parishioners have also adopted holes and are responsible for maintaining the landscaping around them.
- High Plains Church, Unitarian Universalist. Colorado Springs, Colorado. (hpcuu.org)