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Coal Country Miniature Golf

Big John
Big John, at
Coal Country Miniature Golf
Fairmont, West Virginia

Big John
Bob putts through a cutting drum

The hazards for the course were created from equipment used in coal mining, including drills for cutting into coal seams, ventilation fans, and various methods for shoring up the ceilings. Central to the course is an approximately 30-foot metal statue of a coal miner ("Big John") who is constantly rotating. On the seventh hole, you need to putt between his feet as they go around.

We visited this mini-golf course in Fairmont, West Virginia on August 24, 2008. It was surprisingly well kept up. The "greens" were in good condition, and all the hazards and trick lies worked as they were supposed to. It was a pleasant way to spend an hour in the sun. The only downside is that there aren't a lot of other attractions in the area. But if you happen to be passing through Fairmont on I-79, just take the Rte. 310 exit away from downtown, and turn at the second left onto Hopewell Road. You can't miss it, or "Big John."

Thanks to Bob Smakula, for the tip.

More information at http://www.coalcountrywv.com/.

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