Putt for a purpose: Hanover hosts Main Street Mini Golf

Business owners build 13 holes of fun to benefit Main Street Hanover


Folks in Hanover can putt for a purpose this weekend during the first ever Main Street Mini Golf event.

Main Street Hanover, a volunteer organization that promotes downtown businesses and events, is inviting golfers of all ages to come downtown Saturday afternoon and play the 13 homemade golf holes that have been constructed by area business owners.

Similar to the winter Christmas Tree Wars, Main Street Mini Golf encourages visitors to follow a map to various locations to play the game and win prizes.

Some businesses have been especially creative with their holes, such as Abithat’s specialty grocery store, which made a papier-mâché olive to mimic its popular olive oil selection.

Hanover Main Street Mini Golf

Teams of four can play the course for $10, with proceeds to benefit Main Street Hanover, which provides promotional materials, business recruitment guides and hosts other events.

“We wanted to do something that would help people discover downtown businesses they might never have even heard of before,” said Justine Kilkelly, spokeswoman for Main Street Hanover.

The organization was created through a partnership with the Hanover borough, the Hanover Chamber of Commerce and the York County Economic Alliance. So far, events such as the mini golf tour have helped bring new visitors, Kilkelly said.

“A lot of people have some misconceptions about downtown Hanover and what there is to do and see,” she said. “Having these events allows them to experience downtown firsthand and understand why we’re working so hard to revitalize it.”

Tee times are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, with registration starting at 11 a.m. Check-in and registration will be at the Hanover Heritage Conference Center (22 Carlisle St.).

Kilkelly suggests people arrive early. She also said there is plenty of parking available, especially in the lot across from Timeline Arcade behind the PNC Bank (24 Carlisle St.). While the walking distance between holes isn’t a lot, she said, she also suggests comfortable shoes and sunscreen, as some holes are located outside.


For more information or to register ahead of time, call Kilkelly at 637-6130 ext. 101 or email jkilkelly@ycea-pa.org



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Rebecca Hanlon is a freelance journalist covering Central Pennsylvania and beyond. A Lancaster County native, she now lives across the river in York County with her husband, Will, and their squirrel-sized dog, Tito. If you don't see her typing at the laptop, she can usually be found creating recipes in the kitchen or binge watching junk TV. She likes good bourbon, palm trees and snacks.

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