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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Al's Golfdom on WKNO's "Southern Routes"

Posted by on Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Al and Susie Fister
  • Al and Susie Fister
Back in the 1960s and '70s, one of the most popular places in town was an amusement center on South Perkins called Al's Golfdom. Don't let the name fool you. There was a heckuva lot more than just golf here. In addition to the fine driving range and a pair of fancy 18-hole miniature golf courses (complete with odd critters), Al's had baseball batting cages, go-karts, a giant slide, a concession stand, picnic tables, rides for the little kids, and more. During the winter, Al's even sold Christmas trees. Maybe some of you bought yours there?

The sprawling place on South Perkins (just about where the Mall of Memphis stood for years) was so popular that owners Al and Susie Fister opened another one on Raines Road, called Al's Golfhaven.

I've previously told the story of Al's Golfdom in the pages of Memphis magazine, and I sure hope you read that. But now you can learn even more about Al's, and see tons of vintage photos and old TV commercial's, on the December edition of the WKNO-TV (Channel 10) show Southern Routes, hosted by my good pal, Bonnie Kourvelas.

It airs Monday, December 13th, at 6:30 pm on Channel 10. If you miss it (or just want to watch it again and again) the show repeats on Saturday, December 18th, at 2:30 pm and again on Sunday, December 19th at 12 noon.

Here are a few shots of Al and Susie, taken in the 1980s at Al's Golfhaven. It was quite a place.

Al Fister at Golfhaven in the 1980s
  • Al Fister at Golfhaven in the 1980s

The Golfhaven Snack Bar
  • The Golfhaven Snack Bar

The go-kart track at Als Golfhaven
  • The go-kart track at Al's Golfhaven

Als Golfhaven in the 1980s
  • Al's Golfhaven in the 1980s


PHOTOS COURTESY AL AND SUSIE FISTER

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