Adding the runaway mine train into the existing Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf is a BIG job. First came the demolition, cutting large holes into the concrete playing surfaces and walkways. The old clubhouse and courtyard were totally removed. Massive holes were dug for the footings and concrete was poured. Scores of giant concrete pillars now rise from the ground which will hold up the massive steel structure for the ride. The Adventure Golf we built fifteen years ago has changed in a big way. This is the view from where the clubhouse used to reside.
The view from hole one gives a good idea of how things have changed. The train will be suspended over about half of the golf.
Our challenge is to integrate these large posts into the landscape in a meaningful way and not take up too much real estate in the process. The posts are just over 30" in diameter. Our solution will be to paint the posts a dark color to minimize their presence. We are creating large barrels which will be slid over each post making the top portion appearing to be resting on the barrels.
In only a few weeks Giggle Ridge will start to look less like a heavy construction zone and more like a place to have fun. Stay tuned to watch the rapid progress.