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Adding to a long resume

  • Chuckster’s Family Fun Park creator and owner Mark Blasko talks about the features of his new mini-golf course to open in Hooksett in August. This will be the third Chuckster’s location, with others in Chichester and Vestal, N.Y. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

  • Blasko stands inside a cave feature still under construction on Thursday. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

  • Chuckster’s Family Fun Park creator and owner Mark Blasko walks along the longest hole of his new mini-golf course to open in Hooksett in August on Thursday. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sure, holding the world record for the world’s longest mini-golf hole is cool, but for Chuckster’s Family Fun Park creator and owner Mark Blasko, holding it once wasn’t enough.

After building the 201-foot-long world record hole at the original Chuckster’s location in Chichester in 2007, Blasko replicated the feat, with another hole of the same length at a second Chuckster’s in Vestal, N.Y.

When Chuckster’s opens its new location in Hooksett on Aug. 5, the 13th hole of the new “Fire Tower Course” will enter into a three-way tie for the world’s longest mini-golf hole.

“I don’t want one to outdo the other ones so only one can claim it,” Blasko said.

Opening a location in Hooksett, to build upon the successes in Chichester, had long been on Blasko’s mind – he began scoping out the exact site, just off Interstate 93 on Hackett Hill Road, soon after the Chichester location opened.

“I’ve always liked this location because you can see it from 93, it’s between two big cities (and) ultimately there will be some hotels and restaurants on the same site,” he said. “It’ll be easier to capture people passing through on their way to the lakes and mountains and also capture more of southern New Hampshire.”

In addition to the “Fire Tower Course,” the new Chuckster’s will also have a second 18-hole course, the “Cave Course,” which is ADA accessible and centers on a built cave that contains parts of two holes, and will sell ice cream from Blake’s in Manchester.

All of the hole designs on these courses are unique, and don’t resemble each other or any at the other Chuckster’s locations.

Massive efforts have gone into creating the new and complex courses with 2.14 million pounds of concrete, 20,000 square feet of carpet and close to 8,000 bricks being used in the construction of the two courses.

Blasko said water would also play a big role in the design of about half the new holes on the courses, with almost 1,800 gallons of water in the fountains, which will have LED lights installed, and streams.

These course designs, which were done in conjunction with Harris Miniature Golf, were the result of years of tinkering and experimenting with course designs, Blasko said.

“I had so many more ideas in my head that had to come out,” he said. “I’m putting the best ideas I’ve had in the last 11 years into this.”

In addition to the 36 holes on the courses, there will be three unique holes on site – the world’s shortest hole, the world’s easiest hole and the world’s most difficult hole – which players will walk by on the way to their games.

While the new Chuckster’s doesn’t have as many attractions as the others, Blasko said he believes the new Hooksett location will be a success and help serve as a model for possible future expansion.

“If very high-end mini-golf and ice cream themselves work without anything else – I think they will – then I will try and duplicate this and keep going further south,” he said.