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What was the history behind the mini-golf course where MarketPlace Mall now stands?

Gail Calloway

Q. Do any photo’s and or stories of Wacky Golf exist (on South College Road at Market street)

Q. What was the name and history behind the Putt Putt golf course where MarketPlace Mall now stands?

A. The course wasn’t a Putt Putt location, but was called Wacky Golf.

Wacky Golf was a very popular family park during the 1970s and early ’80s.

In addition to the Wacky Golf Course, with it’s bright colorful animals, there was a huge yellow water slide, a par 3 golf course, a driving range, and the skateboard park Double Tough. A huge gorilla welcomed you into the park.

It was located on College Road by the Market Street overpass when they were both two-lane roads, where MarketPlace Mall — or the New Hanover County Government Center — is now.

What started out as a large fun park wound up overgrown with glimpses of the attractions through the weeds. The colorful animals went to Jubilee Park at Carolina Beach. A StarNews article dated July 14, 1984, announced that the MarketPlace Mall would be built on the Wacky Golf site.

MyReporter was unable to locate a photograph of the Wacky Golf. If any readers can help or want to share memories of the course, let us know in the Comments section below.


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3 Responses to “ What was the history behind the mini-golf course where MarketPlace Mall now stands?”

  1. On January 15, 2014 at 5:26 pm Tom Grady wrote:

    I occasionally played the par-3 course with friends.
    The only hole-in-one I ever posted came on a hole there. But I have to admit that I miss-hit the shot and it rolled all the way from tee to green and into the hole.

  2. On January 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm buddy klimek wrote:

    I thought the mini course was called mr golf. One of my neighbors was one of the owners. I also played there and had a lot of good memories playing with my family I beleive there was a driving range,putt putt, and a par 3 course

  3. On January 25, 2017 at 4:48 pm Fission Chips wrote:

    I skated Double Tuff when it was open up until the night before it was abruptly bulldozed. It was known as just “Wacky”. It had a big bowl on the south side, no vertical, a flat bowl area north of that next to the clubhouse that had a large hill for taking off across the flat and up an 8 or 9 foot quarter pipe that had a little vertical. There was also a path for skating around the two bowls that formed a figure 8. Can’t forget the day in high school we found out it was getting dozed as we went every chance we got at night after it shut down. We then moved operations over to Wizard Skatepark on Oleander, which was also shut down but not as good and had a mobile home retailer still in the premises, who hassled us. Wacky’s concrete stayed wonderfully rideable up until the end, the big bowl, though, was full of water.

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