A weekly column by Catherine Dugan. This week: Miniature Golf.
To be young on the beach in New Jersey means you’ll hear a few references to MTV’s reality show Jersey Shore. Quips like “Did you just move to Jersey? Where’s your accent?” and “You use sunscreen? Doesn’t that defeat the whole GTL thing?” The show follows a group of characters who spend their days tending to gym, tanning, and laundry, and their misguided nights on the boardwalk.
Some Jerseyans worry that their antics make the state look bad. The rest of us – who know that New Jersey is tough enough to handle a little ribbing – note the $6 million in revenue Seaside Heights expects to see from the Jersey Shore industry, and wonder whether we can’t lure a franchise to Cape May. That $6 million figure doesn’t include the additional tourists who come to Seaside to see landmarks from the show
Besides, once you’ve traveled the country you realize that, although accents may differ, vapid gym rats can be found in Pittsburgh or Kentucky as easily as they can in New Jersey. And once you’re past the young adult stage, you realize that most of them are really great kids with more on their mind than fist pumps and GTL.
Take the group who hit the miniature links in Cape May recently – siblings Nick and Danielle Pagliuca brought their friends, Jordan Maskowitz of Manalapan, NJ and Cate Bartilucci of Brewster, NY, to town for a visit. Hardworking students with golf on their minds, they had a schedule to keep – the Jersey Shore season premiere was at 10 that night – so they bypassed the crowded Cape May Miniature Golf on Jackson Street (near Swain’s) and saw an opening at Stockton Mini Golf (at Beach and Howard). For $7 each they enjoyed a competitive game of golf (complete with Jersey jokes from the Canadians behind them) amidst gorgeous landscaping in a facility that has been serving Cape May visitors for 50 years.
Other area miniature golf choices include Ocean Putt Golf, on Beach Drive, with creative holes that bring back childhood memories; and Miniature Golf at Sunset Beach, which is simple and pretty, with the view of the bay. The first nine holes are handicap-accessible at Sunset Beach. Wildwood offers additional choices, like Duffer’s, which features singing pelicans, an arcade, and giant ice cream servings
Hit the links, and as you putt, ponder possible Cape May reality shows: “The Real Piping Plovers of Poverty Beach”, anyone? “Mystery Knitters and the Tangled Webs They Weave?”
Next week: Arcade Adventures