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Re: “The Putt-Putt on Perkins

The original Putt Putt, where Oak Hall was, closed Nov 1, 1963. I moved it across the street, where Chili's is located, and reopened it in June of 1964. That one closed after the 1971 season. I built the Summer Putt Putt in 1966, which is still there, after a couple of remodellings.

Posted by aubrey smith on 09/12/2010 at 2:57 PM

Re: “The Putt-Putt on Perkins

I'm Aubrey Smith, the owner of 3 Putt Putt locations in Memphis, 2 past and one present. My previous comment should clarify the 560 Perkins Extended and 5484 Summer Ave locations, but the Mt Moriah location was built around 1975 and was closed in the late 90's, when I sold the property.

The waterslide was at the Golf and Games location at 5484 Summer Ave in the early 1970's and was there for 4 years. It sat exactly where the bumper boats are now. The waterslide was owned by Dan Wilkinson, Milton Knowlton, and Richard Kramer, who leased the spot from me. I never owned the waterslide, but was only the landlord. The unfortunate accident occurred in the first year of operation during a private party for Libertyland employees. About 14 fell 40 feet through girders and concrete and miraculously NO ONE DIED. There were a few broken bones and one serious injury to a young lady who was paralyzed. The next year the slide was purchased by David Martin, who ran it for three years with little or no success.

As for other miniature golf courses that I remember in Memphis in past years, in the 50's there were at least 2 on Lamar, Fran-Ricks and Pla-mor. In the 60's and 70's Cherokee Bowling Lanes had an indoor Putt Putt. Cloverleaf briefly had a miniature golf; Summer Ave where Imperial bowling had one in the 50's; Libertyland had one. Of course both Als locations had courses. Putt n Stuff was at Perkins and I-240 for a few years. Imperial Bowling had an indoor course for awhile. More recently there were Bogey's and Celebration Station, both recently closed. The Putting Edge at Peabody Place may still be open, I'm not sure, but it would be the only miniature golf course now in Memphis besides my Golf and Games Family Park Putt Putt and Incredible Pizza.

Aubrey Smith, owner, builder and operater of Golf and Games Family Park at 5484 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tn






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Posted by aubrey smith on 08/07/2010 at 11:17 AM

Re: “The Putt-Putt on Perkins

The Putt Putt was at 555 Perkins Ext. and was owned by R.D. Buie of Hickory, N.C. They lost their lease in 1963 and I purchased the entire course on October 1, 1963, and ran it for one month before closing it. That winter I negotiated a lease across the street at 560 Perkins Extended where Chili's now sits. That winter and spring I moved everything including the sod (weeds) across the street and rebuilt the Putt Putt, which opened that June of 1964. It remained there for 7 years. That Putt Putt sign was at that Putt Putt. In 1966 I also built the Putt Putt at 5484 Summer Ave that is still there to this day in 2010, though remodeled several times. Thanks for the memories, Aubrey Smith

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Posted by aubrey smith on 08/07/2010 at 10:22 AM
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