Archive for Monday, November 16, 2009

Library fundraiser offers hole-in-one family fun

A fundraiser for local libraries is getting the community involved. Lawrence High School engineering students are helping build some of the holes.

November 16, 2009


Tee times

Family tee times for Caddy Stacks are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

The cost is $5 for adults and children — or $20 for a family or group of up to six. Children younger than 3 will be admitted free.

A “Hole-In-One Event” golf party for adults will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s for people 21 and older. For $35, golfers will get 18 holes of mini-golf, drinks and snacks.

All proceeds benefit the Lawrence Public Library. Golfers can register at

So far, there aren’t any windmills or alligator mouths to aim for.

But it’s entirely possible those soon could be wheeled though the doors at Lawrence Public Library.

The library’s foundation plans an unusual fundraiser next weekend — Caddy Stacks, which will transform the library into an 18-hole miniature golf course.

Already, some of the holes created by local groups are at the library.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Dr. Dan Ranjbar, whose orthodontic practice is the event’s main sponsor. “It looks like a lot of people put a lot of time and effort into this.”

The creative juices definitely have been flowing. Giant books cover a Dr. Seuss hole that is an almost guaranteed hole-in-one, thanks to inspiration from “Oh! The Places You’ll Go.” Another is covered in tiny plant pots, creating a garden on the green.

The idea of having 18 greens run through the library came from an article in the June 1950 issue of Popular Mechanics on “Basement Golf.” It taught readers how to construct a miniature golf course in the comfort of their own home.

Three holes are being built by Lawrence High School engineering students, who are hoping to ace the assignment.

“We’re making a ramp that goes up onto a pool table and down through the random pockets,” senior Scott Brenn said.

Golfers must turn their putter around and use it as a pool cue to complete the hole. But, not all the pockets will take you where you need to be.

“Two of them are leading back to where you originally started,” junior Collin Belcher said. “Once that ramp gets in there, it’s going to be pretty intimidating.”

The foundation members hope the greens return each year.

“It is such a fun, family-friendly event,” said Gail Vick, chair of the Lawrence Public Library Foundation Board. “It is going to be an exciting new addition to the events that we host at the library.”


heybluekc 8 years, 7 months ago

Im sure the noise level be minimal while this goes on. I remember when it was suppose to be quiet in libraries...

royalpain 8 years, 7 months ago

heybluekc -

If people like Dr. Ranjbar didn't fund events like these, it would be very quiet in there. The library would close without the generosity of the Lawrence business community. If it's too loud for you during this fundraiser, go sit on a bench in the park and read for a few hours. I swear, people who comment on these stories will bitch and moan about anything!

LRAZ 8 years, 7 months ago

What a great opportunity for the LHS engineering students to learn and help the library. Wished I was still lived in the area to participate in the event.

Good luck.

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