Creepy Abandoned Miniature Golf Course in Willcox, Arizona

Along a quiet highway in Cochise County, Arizona sits a long-abandoned miniature golf course with a shadowy past.

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

After checking out the partially unearthed Titan II missile silo complex and experiencing a fairly benign brush with the law, I got back on the road and headed east toward New Mexico.

I took a brief detour from I-10 to check out an abandoned mini-golf course south of the town of Willcox. Remarkably free from vandalism, the props and obstacles have been left to the mercy of the harsh desert climate.

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

The decor seems to lack a coherent theme, though Native American elements are present in some of the props.

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

A creepy gnomish figurine keeps vigil over the overgrown course while dry desert grass pushes up through cracks in the pavement.

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Faded green turf still covers small patches of the course. 

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

The rusty mechanisms inside the props are rusty from years of exposure to the elements.

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Even the creepy gnome has mechanized components. I would love to have seen him in action back when his motors were still running. Though, as a child I probably would have fled in terror. 

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Several of the course's most notorious obstacles include the Rings of Death

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

and the Arrow of Despair

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

The only two structures on the property are "throne" room

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

and the boarded up trailer home that once served as the office.

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Out back lies a discarded stove.

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

I was unable to find any records about the mini-golf course online, though it is apparent this place has been abandoned for at least a decade, and probably much longer. 

A reverse lookup of the phone number on the for sale sign reveals that the lot is owned by one Janet Hoctor of Maricopa, AZ. Judging by the state of the sign, it is safe to assume the land has been on the market for quite a few years. 

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

If anyone has any more information about this neat old miniature golf course, please leave a comment below. 

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Abandoned miniature golf course in Willcox Arizona

Come back next week to hear about my adventure (including yet another encounter with the police) in the dying city of Willcox, Arizona and its countless abandoned buildings

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12 comments :

  1. Interesting!
    And yes--that gnome would have scared the daylights out of me.

    Have a good weekend

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    1. Thanks, Sue! I'd love to have seen the place when all the little motors were still working. I bet the gnome was even scarier. Sorry for the late reply. For some reason I'm not getting comment notifications.

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  2. Great stuff Jim!! The whole Wilcox coverage is really cool.

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  3. I'm from willcox just left there last year love this story and the pictures so sad the town not much left anymore

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  4. Scary knome! So interesting (like the water park in CA). What happened?!

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    1. I had trouble finding info on this place. I wish I knew more.

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  5. Hello, came across your post and thought I'd add what I know about this place. I was born in Willcox in 1979 and to my knowledge it was closed by then. I never went while it was open and I don't think there's anything more than "owner couldn't keep it open" to the backstory. I did smoke weed in that teepee if that helps!

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    1. Thanks for the info. I didn't realize this place had been closed for such a long time. I'm kind of amazed there is anything left. The teepee does seem like an appropriate place to smoke :)

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  6. Very weird but interesting, especially since I know the Hoctors and had never heard about this lol. I will have to ask about it

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    1. Right on. I'd love to know the story behind it. Please let me know what you find out.

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