by Morinville News Staff
After giving up any hope of having the potholes and chip seal project on 100 Avenue repaired, a group of Morinville residents have petitioned the Government of Alberta to convert the roadway to a 36-hole mini golf course that they say will spur tourism in the area.
Calling themselves Sons Of Sanity, the turf-vested mini-golf aficionados held a rally in the vacant field next to Aspen House on Sunday, gathering a small audience consisting of one reporter and a couple walking a basset hound to hear their plight.
“The way we figure it, the government’s never gonna fill all the holes on the road, so we already got the holes to putt into,” said Raymond Divot, adding that he felt all of the chip seal that let loose over the winter could serve as sandtraps for the course.
When asked where people would drive if the province was to take his group up on the idea, Divot said the course would not be open 24 hours a day, largely because of the inability to play mini golf in the dark. But he realizes halting traffic half the day is not likely to fly.
“If we can’t close the road for part of the day, maybe we could have one lane for driving cars and one lane for driving golf balls,” Divot said. “Sure, there’d be a few cracked windshields, but that’s what we got now with all the gravel.”
With a provincial election in full swing and voters heading to the polls Apr. 16, it is too soon to see if the Sons of Sanity’s idea is a gimme or deep in the rough with the next government.
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