Miniature Golf

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This sign is located at N41 51.619 W80 57.112.

Let fun run its course:

Allison’s Miniature Golf, built in 1924, is advertised as the nation’s oldest miniature golf course in continuous play.

The course design was based upon miniature golf courses used in New York, where the courses were being built on the roofs of skyscrapers.


1924 Construction.

1935: City Directory lists V. Goettel as the proprietor

Richard Thomas and group of investors owns course in the 1960s and ’70s.

1981: Georgette and Bill Allison purchase the vintage golf course and began renovations.


Our guests remember:

Pirl Beach

I spent the summer of 1942 in Pirl Beach (at age 16) and worked part time for the manager pulling weeds and such. Also swam every day. My Pittsburgh relatives had reserved a cottage there for many years. My aunt and cousins stayed. My uncle commuted weekly in his Buick. The Pirl Beach manager used a Model T Ford truck for his chores.

Ken Ford

Chestnut Grove

My extended family and I vacationed at Chestnut Grove from 1948-1964. Being from McKeesport, it was a dream come true to go there every summer. I currently live in Michigan but go back occasionally. Not too long ago, I found a post card of some of the cottages where the swings and horseshoe pit were and a local artist is making me a 24×36 painting of it. I can't wait to see it! So many wonderful memories and so few things left as reminders. It is nice to know that others still remember and care.

Michelle Turner ( a Chestnut Grove Kid)


We vacationed every summer at Idle-A-While in the late '50s and early '60s, partially because my aunt was the receptionist there. I often got to ring the bell summoning guests to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room, which was staffed by co-eds from various universities. Evenings were spent playing bingo, fascination and other games on the strip or bridge and poker back at Idle-A-While. Great memories.
John Bloom

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