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Sir Goony's, originally called Goony Golf, was built in 1960. In 1978, the entire business was moved about a block from its original location for the creation of a shopping center. This was the first Goony Golf location. In 1964, the company expanded with five locations built in Florida. Eventually, there were about 36 courses nationwide. The figures were designed by Barbara Magrath who along with her husband Dutch Magrath founded the chain. The figures were produced by Amusement Products LLC, a Chattanooga-based company that designed, built and operated the courses. There might have been another Sir Goony's in Chattanooga but, if so, it no longer exists. There are six other Goony Golfs represented here at my site that come to mind: Lake George, NY, Spring Lake Park, MN, Topeka, KS, Chadds Ford, PA, Milwaukee, WI [gone], and Knoxville, TN [below]. There was another in Doraville, GA that was there until around the late 1980s. Does anyone know of any others?
This Chattanooga Sir Goony's features two courses with figures based on those at Goofy Golf in Panama City Beach, FL. Since Lee Koplin never copyrighted the Goofy figures, they were often imitated. This Sir Goony's Muffler Man was standing on the original course by 1969. He was moved along with the other figures to this location in 1978. He originally stood in front near the road holding a mini golf club. There is now a Putt-Putt Golf giraffe there. The Muffler Man was laying on his back near the go-karts in 2005. But by 2007, he was standing back up on the go-kart track holding a wrench and a tire. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.
|Sir Goony's Family Fun Center
|This Sir Goony's is another nicely maintained example of the chain like the in Chattanooga shown above. This one was built in the 1980s and was the last of the Sir Goony's chain. There are two 18-hole courses with the classic obstacles and characters. Each of the holes is identified with a red sign. There are also several Putt-Putt animals (see bottom row) scattered around the course which must have replaced older figures.|
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