Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf – Pulse Spotlight – 06.13.11

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

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.

Spotlight - Giggle Ridge

Spotlight - Giggle Ridge

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!

Giggle Ridge Locomotive

Spotlight - Giggle Ridge

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 Legend of Giggle Ridge

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!

Great Signs at Giggle Ridge

Spotlight - Giggle Ridge

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
www.giggleridge.com
80 Sunnyside Blvd, Chilliwack
Ring: 604.858-7816



Contributor: Shannon Clattenburg

Shannon Clattenburg is a creative spirit first and a freelance writer second. She is a features writer for Fraser Valley Pulse and has a love for uncovering hidden gems throughout the Fraser Valley . She lives in Chilliwack with her boyfriend and her doggy Rolo. Twitter: @OrdinaryShan



47 Responses to “Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf – Pulse Spotlight – 06.13.11”

  1. Donna says:

    would love to win tickets to Giggle Ridge :)

  2. Thanks for sharing…I never knew this place existed!

  3. Loraine K says:

    Thanks for highlighting this great family outing! I would love to win :) best of luck to all who enter!

  4. Rose says:

    Would LOVE to take my grandkids here!

  5. anna says:

    this would be an amazing father’s day gift!! wouldlove to win this!

  6. Amy says:

    I love giggleridge…I haven’t taken my kids yet, but they’re probably old enough to enjoy it this year; I hope I win! :)

  7. Tina says:

    I never knew this place existed. We will definitely put it on our to-do list for this Summer.

  8. Helen says:

    We Love this place! We discovered it last year by accident!

  9. Cheryl says:

    This is so cute. My nephew would LOOOVE it. Can’t wait to check it out.

  10. Wanda says:

    I will be taking my niece and nephew to the waterslides in a couple of weeks, I will be sure to stop by and check it out! Another great family event.

  11. Sarah says:

    I’ve always wanted to check Giggle Ridge out! We will go this Summer!

  12. Dee says:

    I am bringing my grandaughter camping at Cultus Lake this summer, so would love to win a day a Giggle Ridge. We have been there many times, excellent place for an afternoon of entertainment. Thankyou.

  13. Stephanie says:

    I have never been there and I would love to take my kids. I love that it is a kid friendly course.

  14. Stacey says:

    My son would LOVE this place! He love mini-golf and is always a bit disappointed with the simplicity of other places. We have been looking for a more adventurous course! Thanks for letting us know about it!

  15. Ronnie says:

    I think my kids would love it, sounds exactly like what are family needs! Both Mom and Dad work around the clock, to make ends meet, and there is very little family time. Would love to visit Giggle Golf course, it looks amazing!

  16. Rachael V says:

    I have been there before and loved it – would love to take my kids!

  17. Kelly says:

    I lOVE mini golf – I did not know this existed? Why haven’t you advertised on the other side of the river. Can’t wait to go !!!!!

  18. Carole says:

    I did not know about this place . I am always looking for somewhere to take my grandson so will take him there for sure. Waiting to hear from you.

  19. Carole says:

    I take my son every year. We can’t wait to go again this summer!

  20. Joan says:

    We had a very enjoyable visit to Giggle Ridge on my grandsons Birthday. he and his friends and family had an awesome time there. I would highly recommend it!

  21. Karie says:

    Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf is a fantastic, fun family activity to do at Cultus lake. We make a point to go at least once a season and have lots of laughs (….and sometimes tears) every time.

  22. Chrystalyn says:

    This sounds like a blast and I hope I can take my little cousin to go and have some fun!!

  23. Ronnie says:

    I think my kids would love it, sounds exactly like what are family needs! Both Mom and Dad work around the clock, to make ends meet, and there is very little family time.

  24. Ronnie says:

    I think my kids would love it, sounds exactly like what are family needs!

  25. theresa hain says:

    ive never been there either … our family would love it !! Thanks

  26. Sherri says:

    Passed by it a couple of weeks ago, Looked like a lot of fun. Would love to try it out.

  27. Lisa says:

    Would love to take the family!

  28. Caree Bray says:

    Great times with the kids at Cultus Lake, love to go again.

  29. char says:

    Looks like so much fun, would love to come!!! :)

  30. Taylor says:

    I’ve been before and would love to go again!

  31. christine ashby says:

    Never been there, would love to take my boys there and our friends

  32. Would love to win tickets and take my 4 grandsons. Sooooooo much fun!

  33. Amy Connolly says:

    oh my kids would love this, one more adventure to do before we leave BC..

  34. Gabrielle Murphy says:

    My parents are coming over this summer, from Australia…It would be a great place for them to take their granddaughter !!!!! :-)

  35. Carrie says:

    I go to this place every summer!!!! Actually, even before it was built as giggle Ridge! it was always a suuuuper fun mini putt course that my family used to go to every summer when staying at our Grandma’s cabin,and they even used to have TRAMPOLINES that you could pay to play on. It’s wierd now when I think of it. GIGGLE RIDGE IS SO MUCH FUN!!!!!

  36. Sher says:

    I’d love to visit Giggle Ridge with my nephews. Free tickets would be a real treat!

  37. Wendy says:

    I have a 3 year old Granddaughter Gracie who would love to play here with Grandma….

  38. Nicky Thompson says:

    I hope I win!!!

  39. Hilda says:

    Would love to win! Looks like a fun place to take our kids

    Also tweeted this on twitter

  40. collette says:

    very cool prize

  41. Tanise says:

    Looks like SO much fun! Hope to win so we can take our boys to check it out!

  42. Brooke says:

    Love Giggle Ridge! Would love to win, we go there every summer :)

  43. Joan B says:

    Looks like a good time….would like to try it out sometime soon

  44. Ken W says:

    Since I saw Giggle Ridge over the winter it has been on my list to take my son and wife here during the summer.

  45. My boys are sooo looking forward to going out here this summer.

  46. Anyssa says:

    Looks like a fun way to spend a summer evening

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