New mini golf course may rival Snow King’s
By Benjamin Graham, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
June 11, 2012
Snow King Resort’s miniature golf course could face competition from a new course proposed for a site a couple of blocks west of the in-town resort.
Plans for the new course were approved by the town of Jackson Planning and Zoning Commission on June 6. Town officials will have final say on the project when it goes before the Jackson Town Council on June 18.
Kohl Kohlhase, owner of Amaze’n Jackson Hole on Snow King Avenue, is planning to construct the nine-hole miniature golf course in the front yard of his property.
Jackson’s only miniature golf course is Alpine Golf, located near the base of the Rafferty Lift on Snow King Mountain. It is owned by Snow King Resort.
“A little healthy competition isn’t a bad thing,” Snow King operations manager Adam Shankland said. “I’ve got a good working relationship with Kohl. I send people to the maze, and hopefully we can continue that.”
Shankland’s only concern was that people would mistake the proposed course for Alpine Golf, which has 18 holes.
Kohlhase bought the golf clubs, balls and nine portable putting greens for his course from Game On, a business in Driggs, Idaho, that no longer wanted to operate their own mini golf course.
“The course fit perfectly in the front yard, and the price was right,” Kohlhase said. “I couldn’t say no.”
Jackson planning commissions also approved an amendment to the plan that stated Kohlhase and his business partner will be the only employees of the golf course. Because the amendment states he wouldn’t hire another employee, Kohlhase wouldn’t have to provide employee housing or pay an employee housing fee-in-lieu.
Kohlhase has attempted several other business ventures on the property. An amendment adjusted the commercial property’s zoning in 2001 to allow for outdoor recreational uses, permitting Kohlhase to build the maze. Another amendment was applied in 2010 that permitted a coffee and bagel shop to operate during the winter.
Alpine Golf charges $8 for adults and $5 for locals. Kohlhase will charge $5 per person.