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MULLIGAN’S SOUTH GOOD SPOT FOR PRACTICE AND FAMILY FUN

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Right off the top, you have to understand that the 9-hole golf course isn't the main reason to go to Mulligan's South in Riverton.

Mulligan's owner Jimmy Blair would be the first to tell you that his two-year-old facility on 106th South is primarily for practicing and having fun with the whole family, not playing for nassau with your buddies on Saturday afternoon. Besides a par-3 golf course, it features a large driving range with plenty of targets to shoot at, one of the fanciest miniature golf courses you'll ever see, plus batting cages for softball and baseball hitters.The par-3 course has three very short holes under 100 yards and just one, the 185-yard 8th, that stretches past 150 yards. Give Blair credit for some creativity on the layout. Instead of a bunch of straight holes on the flat terrain, the course features some subtle changes in elevation and a water hazard that winds through the course and comes into play on four holes. The 100-yard third hole has a narrow S-shaped fairway, that is tough for golfers who don't get their shots airborne.

Mulligan's is a perfect course for beginners and the golfing-impaired, which is exactly the type of golfers that my 10-year-old son and I played behind in our visit last week.

Right from the start, we knew we were in for a long round. Three teenagers without the slightest notion of golf etiquette were teeing off, followed by a couple with a pre-teen son.

The teenagers took forever putting out and one was down on his hands and knees doing heaven-knows-what. But the fun was just beginning. The father shanked his first two drives over the barbed-wire fence into a pasture off to the right. He then walked 20 yards to where his shots disappeared, dropped a ball . . . and promptly shanked another through the fence. Two minutes into his round, he was already hitting seven and was three balls down. Things didn't get much better up ahead as our round crawled along.

Give the second threesome credit, they moved along as fast as they could, but were constantly held up by the sluggish teenagers in front of them.

While waiting to play No. 6, we could see the teenagers teeing off at No. 7 which requires at least 50 yards of water to clear unless you can negotiate a skinny strip of land between the water and another barbed-wire fence.

One of the teens hit not one, not two, but three balls into the water. He was ready to try for No. 4 when he thought better of it and moved to the other side of the water. We finally finished our round and although it was less than two hours, it felt like four.

The most fun at Mulligan's might be the 36-hole miniature golf course, which features a giant Sphinx, a large lighthouse, a haunted house and several other innovative holes. The practice facility is one of the best in the state with several flags to hit at, chipping greens, practice sand traps and putting greens.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Mulligan's South Golf Course

HOLE PAR YARDS*

1 3 100

2 3 130

3 3 100

4 3 75

5 3 150

6 3 60

7 3 115

8 3 185

9 3 95

TOTAL 27 1010

*Middle tees

DIFFICULTY

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LAYOUT/SCENERY

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ENJOYABILITY INDEX

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(5=Highest Rating, 0=Lowest)

LOCATION:

692 W. 10600 South

Riverton

HEAD PROFESSIONAL:

James Blair

YEAR OPENED:

1992

COST:

$5.00

$4.00 juniors & seniors

$3.00/$4.50/$6.00 range

RESERVATIONS:

None taken, call 254-3377 for information

EASIEST TIME TO GET ON:

Early afternoons

COURSE RECORD:

None established