Landmarks of Ludington
The Landmarks of Ludington theme of the Ludington Area Jaycees' Mini Golf Course allows you to learn and experience a "mini" version of the events and landmarks that make Ludington so special. Get a preview of the holes you will encounter on the course below, then come out and see it all in person!
Fairway Sponsored by Gary and Sue Ann Schnitker
Obstacle donated by Cartier Mansion Bed and Breakfast
Four families making their mark on Ludington
1905 Warren & Kate Cartier
1950 Abbie & Genevieve Schoenberger
2005 Gary & Ann Schnitker
2020 Jenna & Chris Simpler
Neo Classical home built in 1905 using leading edge technology including zone heating, central air conditioning, and double-plumbed chandeliers that use either gas or electric.
The most remarkable is the interior finish, American Sycamore, black Walnut, Chery Mahognay, and Read oak reveal Warren Cartier's expertise as a lumber baron.
The ten-room property including the renovated Carriage House, offer modern advances such as full campus cloud WIFI, Smart TVs, a digital player Piano, and car charging station, continuing the legacy of the Cartier family.
The Cartiers wintered in Florida with friends Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone.
S.S. Badger Lake Michigan Car Ferry
Sponsored by S.S. Badger Lake Michigan Car Ferry
The 410' Badger entered service in 1953, designed to handle rough conditions during the year round sale on Lake Michigan.
It was built primarily to transport railroad cars with passenger accommodations until 1992 when the ship was re-fitted to transport vehicles and passengers.
It is the largest car ferry ever to sail Lake Michigan
It is the only coal-fired steamship in operation in the United States; designated as a National Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
It is also designated as a National Historic Landmark; Registered Michigan Historic Site; and Registered Wisconsin Historic Site.
Mini Golf Course
Sponsored by The Ludington Area Jaycees
Started in 1967 to generate funds to support community enrichments. Almost $500,000 has been donated back to the community.
Renovated in 1987. Patio and main hut were built among other course modifications and obstacle replacements
In 1997 Improvements and obstacle replacements were made
In 2016-2017, the 18 hole course was raised and rebuilt with a "Landmarks of Ludington" theme. The course is now wheelchair and stroller accessible!
Park Dairy / House of Flavors
Sponsored by House of Flavors Restaurant
1948 - Bob Neal Sr. purchases Miller's Dairy, the name is changed to Park Dairy.
1959 - The Neal family decided to quit processing milk, butter, and cottage cheese to focus solely on ice cream.
1964 - Park Dairy changes it corporate name to the well-known name today - House of Flavors.
House of Falvors Restaurant is in its third generation of Neal family ownership.
House of Flavors Mfg. produced 30,000,000 gallons of icevream, shipping nationally as a private label ice cream producer. Sweet.
Pere Marquette River & Lake / Lake Michigan
Sponsored by 2016 Lake Jump Beneficiary
PM River is designated a National Wild and Scenic River - 66 miles over four counties
Flows westerly into Pere Marquette lake and eventually Lake Michigan. The PM River averages 2 to 4 ft. deep and about 30-40 ft. wide/
Jesuit priest and explorer Father Jacques Pere Marquette died in 1675, and was burried at the mouth of the river
Pere Marquette Lake (554 acres) is a rivermouth lake with a direct connection to Lake Michigan.
Fishing for the typical fresh water fish such as salmon and steelhead, pike, trout, and perch.
Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant
Fairway Sponsored by Community Foundation of Mason County
Obstacle Sponsored by Consumers Energy
Began producing electricity in 1973. Consumers Energy operates the plant and shares ownership with DTE Energy
Called one of the world's biggest electric batteries. It can provide energy at a moment's notice.
Sits on a 1000 acre site along Lake Michigan, four miles south of Ludington.
Lake Michigan water is pumped uphill to reservoir during periods of low electric demand. When electricity demand is high, the water is released from the reservoir through six pumpturbines for power generation.
Has a capacity of 1,875 megawatts, enough to power a community of 1.4 million people.
The First Curve on M-116
Sponsored to be revealed at a later date
Ludington State Park Beach is known by many as "First Curve."
As you head out to the Ludington State Park along M-116, you make your way down a winding road long lake Michigan nestled between sand dunes.
"First Curve" is a favorite place for beachgoers looking for a more secluded beach. While there are no amenities, that is was makes this beach attractive to visitors and locals alike. The scenic atmostphere is quiet and relaxing. Many people hunt for stones and driftwood. Looking onto Lake MIchigan feels like you are at the ocean.
The Ludington State Park entrance is located about 5 miles down the beach, which means there are any number of places to pull off the road and enjoy the beach.
Sponsored by Indian Summer Cooperative
Indian Summer has been a grower owned since 1973
It is one of largest employers in Ludington, MI
The cooperative continues to support the community as much as possible.
Uses roughly 180 million pounds of apples for juices and applesauce products annually.
Ships products all over the United states, Puerto Rico, and Israel.
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Sponsored by Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association
Constructed in 1867, the original oil lamp was visible 19 miles out on the lake. Today it is only visible 15 miles out on the lake.
Early 1900's, the tower was clad in steel and the back and white day mark was introduced.
In 1949 Big Sable became one of the last Great Lakes lights to be electrified. The last keeper to live at Big Sable left in 1968.
In 1987 Big Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association was formed, guaranteeing the preservation of this historic landmark.
One of the tallest in the State of Michigan at 112 ft. 130 steps to the op of the toper located 1.8 miles north of the Ludington State Park parking lot.
White Pine Village
Sponsored by Meijer
Since 1976, experience what life was like more than 100 years ago in Mason County.
Part of Mason County Historical Society, it also houses an extensive research library covering West Michigan and Mason County history.
13 acres overlooking Lake Michigan, with more than 30 museums.
Many original buildings were moved to the village like the first Mason County Court House, built in 1849. Another original was Marchido School - an original one-room schoolhouse from Mason County, built in 1895
Petunia Parade Beautification Project
This fairway is open and available for sponsorship.
Entering Ludington along West U.S. 10 / Ludington Ave., petunias line the road.
Each spring, hundreds of volunteers gather along Ludington Avenue and the marina to plant 30,000 red, white, and blue petunias.
This has become an annual tradition, started by Ellery and Sue Sabin in 1987. Petunias were chosen because they are vibrantly colorful, spread nicely, and grow well in sun and shade.
Each block is assigned a captain responsbile for making sure the petunias in that block are well maintained throughout the season
It literally 'takes a village' to keep the tradition going.
The cost for each planting season is about $10,000. The Petunia Parade is a non-profit organization which relies solely on donations for funding.
Ludington Area Jaycees' Freedom Festival
Sponsored in memory of Julie Payment, past Ludington Area Jaycee's President
Patriotic festivities begin July 3rd with the Children and Pet Parade
The main events, the Grand Parade, 1 Mile Dash, and Spectacular Fireworks are always on July 4th.
Thousands line Ludington Avenue to watch this hometown parade as the entries travel downtown.
What would a 4th of July be without Fireworks? JCI Ludington makes it happen! At dusk, the colorful 20 minute display delights the crowd watching on land or water. Its the perfect ending to the annual celebration.
The Power of Music
Sponsored by fundraising in connection with Ludrock Nation
Ludington Features and hosts live music festivals, music venues and events year round.
Live music brings our community together, continues to inspire, and will be a force of positive change.
"Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. Its transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It's uplifting, it's encouraging, it's strengthening."
Hamlin Lake & Ludington State Park
Fairway Sponsor is Sargent Sand Company, Inc
Obstacle Sponsor is Sunset Bluff Resort
1856, Charles Mears built a wooden damn in the Big Sable River and lumber sawmill, which created Hamlin Lake.
In 1850 it was renamed Hamlin honoring US Vice President Hannibal Hamlin.
In 1914 the concrete damn was completed after the original damn collapsed in 1912 wiping out the village of Hamlin.
In 1936 the 5,300 acre Ludington State Park opened with nearly 7 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.
It is known as the most popular state park in Michigan for its abundant natural resources and endless activities.
North Breakwater Light
Fairway Sponsored by Beacon Cremation & Funeral Services
Obstacle Sponsored, created, and donated by P&J Welding & Fabricating
North Breakwater Light was built in 1924
It is not an official lighthouse since a house has never been attached to it.
The light towers 57 feet from the pier.
the square, pyramidal, steel framed design was used to deflect the strong waves of Lake Michigan
In 1994, the crib upon which it sits settled, tilting the tower 4 degrees to the Northeast.
Sunsets over Lake Michigan
Sponsored by Ken and Eldonna Tabor
Especially during the warm weather months, many people head to the beach at sunset. It doesn't matter if you're a long time resident or a first time visitor, few can resist the chance to watch another glorious sunset over Lake Michigan.
The angle of the Sun combined with a greater variety of low hanging cloud formations provide the perfect backdrop to reflect the sun's hues as daylight fades.
Photographing a magnificaent sunset calls for good timing. Make sure that you - and your camera - are ready in plenty of time.
Appreciate the awesomeness.
Ludington Area Jaycees / JCI Ludington
Sponsored by Spuller Concrete Specialists, General Contractor
Ludington Jaycees Chapter was established in 1947
The Jaycees are an organization of young professionals aged 18 - 40 who focus on growth, development and community.
In 2021 started being known as JCI Ludington, to align with the State (JCI Michigan) and National (JCI USA) levels
Jaycee (JC) stands for Junior Chamber
Projects include the Freedom Festival, Oakview Bingo, Back 2 School Bash, Thanksgiving Baskets, and this Minigolf.
Stearns Park & Beach
Sponsored by Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Picked by USA Today as one of the 51 Great American Beaches!
The city's largest beach with 2,500 feet of sandy shoreline and plenty of free parking.
Three acccessible walkways to the water by the north and south concession stands... as well as in the middle of the beach.
Across from the beach and Stearns Drive is grassy area with picnic tables and grills.
South End: half mile breakwater to the light; shuffleboard courts; skate plaza; playground; and of course the Mini Golf Course.