A new locally-owned indoor mini golf taphouse is making its way to the Overland Park area within the next month.
Craft Putt is planning to open its doors for the first time in late April in the Quivira Crossing Shopping Center at the intersection of 135th Street and Quivira Road, near St. Andrews Golf Club and Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex.
The 9,000-square-foot space will feature a custom built 10-hole mini golf course, which was designed by owner AJ Chinn.
Chinn said he and his wife, Samantha, decided to open Craft Putt in that area of Overland Park once they realized there were not many options for the family-friendly activity nearby.
“The demographic here is lots of families, so just to have a place where you can go do something fun indoors I think is great,” he said.
Wanting to offer traditional mini golf with a modern twist, AJ Chinn said the course will have some unique features, such as a Plinko-style 10th hole that will be located in a hidden area behind the facility’s bathrooms.
Other holes in the course will pay homage to the taphouse element of Craft Putt with features like a whiskey barrel obstacle and a hole shaped like a beer glass.
“We’re also going to have a windmill, because you’ve got to have a windmill,” Samantha Chinn said.
If customers do not feel like playing mini golf, the new business will also be offering its patrons an arrangement of other free games.
Traditional games like Connect Four and shuffleboard have been converted to mini golf form and will be scattered throughout the pub.
Another featured game called Chip-Skee takes the word “mini” in mini golf to a whole new level by requiring players to hit balls with a real golf club into a small replica golf course.
Drinks and food
In addition to games, Craft Putt plans to provide a wide selection of food and 24 craft beers on tap.
Those taps will focus on beers specifically from independently owned and operated Kansas City area breweries. Choices will always rotate, so guests are likely to see new options during each visit, the Chinns said.
Cocktails will be featured on the menu as well, with some year-round choices in addition to a rotational list of experimental and seasonal concoctions.
“We’re going to try to have kid-friendly cocktails without alcohol, just so kids have something fun to drink too,” Samantha Chinn said.
For food, the couple said the plan is to have an “approachable selection” of classic handheld bar foods, such as sandwiches, wraps and various appetizers.
A love for mini golf
AJ Chinn said opening a mini golf course has always been a dream of his ever since he was a young child.
He first picked up a golf club around the age of five when his grandmother decided to teach him about the game.
From then on, he said he would beg anyone in his family to take him out to the mini golf course to play.
Now, Chinn said, he is wanting to bring that same happiness to the Overland Park area with Craft Putt.
“[When I play], I feel like a giant kid still just because I never grew out of my love for it. It’s really fun to bring that into this setting,” he said.
The Chinns said their ultimate goal for the mini golf taphouse is to create a welcoming environment that includes anyone who wants to come out and play.
They said Craft Pitt is “for parents, for date night, for people who like to drink and people who don’t. Everybody’s got something to do there.”