Five Nations: Mini Golf With Historical Theme
“School may be out, but you can still learn,” Jay Wells tells the kids who play miniature golf at the new course that he and Jane and Paul Ingrey have opened near the Ticonderoga Country Club, north of Hague.
The 18-hole course, at the Five Nations Driving Range, is practically a guide to the region’s rich history.
Every hole is linked to an historic event or site in the area, including the Battle on Snowshoes, which took place in the winter of 1757 just beyond the course.
“The historical theme is a good fit for Ticonderoga; we wanted to tap into its role in history,” said Wells, who teaches at Ticonderoga High School.
But the historically themed course was not intended solely for the instruction of students; adults also find it appealing. A visitor from the United Kingdom who was playing the course on the day we were there, for instance, took pleasure in noting that Jeffrey Amherst had chased the French out of Ticonderoga in 1759.
The golf course opened earlier this year, adjacent to the public driving range that Wells and the Ingreys opened in 2013. The driving range itself supplements the country club and allows golfers to practice before heading out to the golf course.
“We want to make this a destination,” said Wells, noting that features of Five Nations include a chipping course and night golf. The site is also available for parties and special events.
The Ingreys are also co-founders of Northern Lake George Paddle, whose platform tennis courts also opened earlier this summer.
Wells sees Five Nations as a collaborator not only in Northern Lake George Paddle’s efforts to attract more visitors to Ticonderoga, but in its efforts to support the community’s young people.
“I’m pleased to be involved in this cross marketing effort and to be part of Platform for Life’s programs to develop our youth’s leadership and work skills,” said Wells. “We’re looking forward to working with Northern Lake George Paddle and the Ticonderoga Country Club to make a positive difference within the community.”
As part of its efforts to work with the community, Five Nations recently hosted a kids’ golf camp with the Ticonderoga Country Club and its pro, George Mackey.
“There was a large turn out and everyone had a lot of fun while learning the basics of golf,” said Wells.
Five Nations Golf, LLC can be contacted at 518-586-6838.