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Putt-Putt Classic provides Craig with unique day of golf

Andy Bockelman
Players in the annual Craig Putt-Putt Classic relax on the makeshift course at J.W. Snack's Bar & Grill while listening to the sounds of live music and enjoying drinks.
Andy Bockelman

All the amenities of the 19th hole were readily available as part of the annual Craig Putt-Putt Classic Saturday afternoon.

The multi-business miniature golf game that includes stops at Mathers Bar, The Popular Bar and J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill attracted about 20 teams this year, ready to think big, play small and putt long in the game sponsored by Budweiser and B&K Distributing.

Many dressed up for the occasion, with themed group costumes in their foursomes, such as couples Sheri and Dan Foster and Colesta and Terry Duran, who took the name for the Graduates, wearing mortarboards and robes.

“We’re retired, and this was the first year we could all get out to do it,” said Sheri.

While Mathers and The Popular had holes weaving around billiard tables, the J.W. section took place on the patio with live music to accompany the Classic, with players in no hurry to rush through the game, the day lasting at least as long as a tournament on a regular golf course.

Brianna DiGrigoli and friends have played the past five years, usually less concerned with their final scores than finishing the day in a certain way, indicated by their name, Team Drunker-est.

As a veteran of the event, DiGrigoli was eager to see which features had returned, among them The Popular’s “gorilla hole,” which challenges players to hit on an incline, going through the legs of a stuffed simian and make it in the cup at the top, surrounded by a plastic lip.

“It’s their signature hole,” DiGrigoli said.

The gorilla has been part of the course from the beginning, said Popular owner Dena Butler, and it has incurred many 10-stroke maximums over the years.

“Either you get a hole-in-one or you don’t get anything,” Butler laughed.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

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