AJ’s pop up mini golf fundraiser returns

By on August 23, 2017

Last year, eight-year-old Austin Van Grouw created a pop up mini golf course at his home. He opened the course for two weekends, asking golfers to pay $1 to play the nine-hole course.

In that time he raised a little over $1,500 to help benefit victims of flooding in Louisiana.

This year, Austin has turned his sites on causes closer to home. Proceeds of this year’s AJ’s Pop Up Mini Golf are earmarked to be split between the Ephrata and Lititz public libraries.

“Currently the plan is for a 10-hole course with one ‘bonus’ hole where you can win a prize for a hole-in-one,” said Marni Van Grouw, Austin’s mother. “Each hole will be themed after a specific book. Picture books like ‘Treasure Island,’ ‘If You Take a Mouse to the Movies,’ and ‘Charlotte’s Web,’ coming to life!

“AJ spends more time at the library than anywhere else, so he wanted to give back to places that he is passionate about,” she added.

The course, located at 29 Whitcraft Drive, Lititz, will be open Aug. 26, from 4 to 9 p.m.; and Aug. 27, from 2 to 9 p.m. A $1 donation per player is suggested. More is welcome.

Free refreshments will be served. To set up a tee time in advance, visit eventbrite.com/e/ajs-mini-golf-tickets-36867234892.

Melissa Hunnefield is a staff writer at the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your questions and comments at 721-4452 or mhunnefield.eph@lnpnews.com.

Last year, AJ’s Pop Up Mini Golf raised over $1,500 to benefit victims of flooding in Louisiana.


This year, Austin Van Grouw’s mini-golf course will be raising money for the Lititz and Ephrata public libraries.


Last year’s course contained a pipe hole, a loopy tire hole, a water hazard hole, and a real sand trap. This year, the course will have holes with book themes.


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