Ever wonder what it would be like to visit a cartoon land? Well, there’s a way to find out and it’s right in our backyard! Located in the summery community of Cultus Lake, Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf is one of those places that are pretty hard to miss!
It doesn’t take long after walking through the grandeur front gates to realize this is no ordinary golf course – and it was definitely planned that way. From the moment Dan & Janis Sawatzky decided to build an adventure mini golf course, they knew they wanted to create something special. Having built a number of mini golf courses for others throughout his career, Dan was excited to let his imagination run with possibilities when creating the initial design for Giggle Ridge.
The adventure golf course first opened its doors to the public in 2000 after exactly 100 days of constructing, creating, renovating and painting. Although the days were long during the construction phases, there were never any complaints – many of the team members had flown from all over just to be a part of Dan’s unique project. Talk about being built with love! It’s no surprise then, that Dan and his crew took no shortcuts when it came to creating an attraction that drew visitors in and kept the rest of the world out.
Visiting adventure golfers can expect to have all their senses entertained as they make their way through the 18-hole course. From the exceptionally blue water, to the strategically placed waterfall (to drown out the highway noise), everything here was thoroughly thought out before it was implemented. Even the flower placement is accurate, with marsh-like flowers being planted near the streams and high elevation flowers planted only near the tops of the trees. In fact, there isn’t anything throughout the whole course that seems as though it doesn’t belong. Even the tool shed has been disguised to aid in the flow of the course! One of the neatest features of the Ridge? The scaled down (but completely accurate) locomotive that sits atop of the park bearing the company’s logo!
As if the scenery and sounds weren’t enough, there is also a story being told if you look closely. Visitors to the park are encouraged to read the Legend of Giggle Ridge to get acquainted with the history of the park and how it came to be. We promise, all of the details will make much more sense after you read it!
Most importantly, however, was Dan’s vision to create a fun, family friendly destination in the Fraser Valley. Lighthearted signs throughout the course remind visitors of the family nature of the park, while plants and structures separate the holes to allow for a more private family experience. He even insisted on keeping the course itself relatively straightforward to allow even littler kiddies to play along. If you have bigger children (or you are a bigger one at heart), just tell them to try for hole-in-ones on every hole. It may be a lot more challenging, but Dan tells us it’s possible!
The mini golf course is open for daytime and early evening mini-putting, with the course lighting up as the sun starts to go down. Group discounts are available for larger parties and the resident mascot Flapjack the Bear has been known to make appearances on special occasions if you let him know in advance that you are visiting!
We would love to give one of our lucky readers an excuse to escape their busy life for a little while and discover the legend of Giggle Ridge! Leave a note below to be entered to win four (4) passes to try out Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf!
For an extra entry, please post the following on Twitter: “I entered to win 4 adventure golf passes from @FVPulse http://ht.ly/5fEKN”. Winner will be announced June 22, 2011.
Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf
80 Sunnyside Blvd, Chilliwack