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Holo Wai Miniature Golf, Orange, CA (other)
big kahuna59
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Joined: Jan 21, 2007
Posts: 7
From: Temecula, CA
Posted: 2007-01-21 10:03 pm   Permalink

Name:Holo Wai Miniature Golf
Type:other
Street:Glassell St
City:Orange
State:CA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
Great Miniature Golf Course in old Orange, near the 22 fwy, across from Hart Park. Center of course had a sunken area with waterfalls, tons of tikis, grass shacks, fountains, fishing nets, floats, etc. Wonderful landscaping, had a restaurant adjacent in true tiki tradition. Went defunct in the late 60's, maybe early 70's. Only thing that is left is the restaurant, which is now Chinese, there are apartments where the course was.



 
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Tikiphantom
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 94
From: Fullerton, California
Posted: 2008-09-09 10:11 pm   Permalink

If you go to the back of the Chinese Resturaunt, you'll be able to see where you could rent clubs and balls for the course.

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4351
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-09-09 10:48 pm   Permalink

I love Tiki miniature golf courses and this place sounds like it was great. I found these pictures and this story on flickr:

"The best miniature golf course ever, on Chapman, in Orange, California. Pro golfers played there: Arnold Palmer was on the top ten list of best scores! I was a fanatic in my high school years, and ended up #2 on the list (ahead of Palmer!) myself. It was also the site of several dates with Carol (Robin) and the site of my first date with Penny.

Alas, it was wiped out in the late seventies or early eighties, for a freeway interchange."

Photos: January 2, 1967









Can you imagine Arnold Palmer ripping it up here? That is amazing.


 
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Mongoloid
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Joined: Apr 25, 2008
Posts: 590
From: Long Beach
Posted: 2008-09-15 09:31 am   Permalink

I grew up in the city of Orange but dont remember this place but i sent the link to my older sister asking her if she remembers it and this was her response "Oh my my, YES I DO! I remember exactly where it was and I even remember when it was abandoned for some time and we walked around there when it was derelict. I actually didn't realize that it was such a tiki theme. It looks so awesome, doesn't it?"

 
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kentkanouse
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Joined: Dec 28, 2008
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From: Los Angeles, California
Posted: 2008-12-28 8:18 pm   Permalink

I'm the one that posted the Flickr photos of the Holo Wai course, incorrectly identifying the street as Chapman. As big kahuna59 correctly stated, it was on Glassell (zip 92867). Meanwhile, I found an old scorecard with nice graphics...






 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7589
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2008-12-28 10:39 pm   Permalink

Went to the chinese restaurant a few years ago..
it's between the apartments
and a Catholic Church
that had one of them
"Virgin mary" stain things on the wall
a few years back...
Man!
I currently live about 1/2 a mile from there!
Will have to take the time machine out of storage....


great research!


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-12-29 1:20 pm   Permalink

Guys, is that restaurant still situated in this A-frame building?




 
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Tikiphantom
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 94
From: Fullerton, California
Posted: 2009-01-10 10:47 pm   Permalink

Yes, the building is the same. Its been completely stripped inside. The only thing that remains is the walk-up area to get your clubs and balls for the mini-golf course in the back.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-01-11 07:43 am   Permalink

I would love to see photos of the exterior. I realize this is probably a pretty slapdash example, but there are just not that many ground-to-gable A-frames left these days, especially ones that used to be Polynesian eateries.

 
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congawa
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Joined: Aug 11, 2008
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From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2009-01-12 11:28 am   Permalink

Yen Ching is the name of the restaurant (the A-frame building hasn't been altered much). My wife and I ate there quite a few times, though it's been a while. The food is good, though relatively expensive.

 
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congawa
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From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2009-01-12 11:31 am   Permalink

Here's something hilarious...if you look at the overhead satellite shot in Google maps, the grass outline remnants of the old mini golf course are still there!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=glassell,+orange,+ca&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=22.987313,60.820313&ie=UTF8&ll=33.778666,-117.854381&spn=0.001627,0.003664&t=h&z=18

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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-01-12 2:47 pm   Permalink

Wow! The geoglyphs of Tiki culture, thanks to aerial archeology!




 
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2009-05-31 4:40 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-01-12 11:31, congawa wrote:
Here's something hilarious...if you look at the overhead satellite shot in Google maps, the grass outline remnants of the old mini golf course are still there!





I ate there yesterday and forgot to check the back area for the remnants of the mini golf booth. Grrrrrr!

The food was good so I'll go back.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11195
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-05-31 4:59 pm   Permalink

AND this thread doesn't even have one photo of the A-frame!
I had heard rumors of a Tiki pole remaining in the back by the dumpster, but supposedly, according to a recent third person local connection check up, no more. We do need a pro like you down there to ascertain the situation.


 
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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2009-05-31 7:28 pm   Permalink

Definitely no tiki by the dumpster, but there are torches all along the front of the building. It was tough to get a good shot of the A-frame without standing in the street.

I glanced at the grassy area behind the parking lot, and it looked like it may have been converted into a baseball field. I'd have to double check to be certain.

The food was good. I'd eat there again.





 
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