The Ottumwa Courier

October 4, 2013

A new course

By MARK NEWMAN
Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — Don't be surprised when you see golfers hitting their ball downtown next week.

Puttin' Around Downtown runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Banks, hotels, shops and others will host the putters, who will join them just long enough to make a putt before moving on to the next hole.

"People start at the chamber itself and then there are 14 more holes," said Bob Untiedt, executive director of Main Street Ottumwa. "It’s miniature golf. The different businesses will have to decide how elaborate they want their hole to be."

Since this is the first time this has been attempted, the holes may not be overly elaborate, he said, but they should be fun. Bring your favorite putter and a ball with you.

"It’s $10 for a team [of four]," Untiedt said. "But this is not a fundraiser. All the money goes into prizes for the top teams. It’s really about bringing people downtown. People need to know more about commercial and retail opportunities that are available here."

But it will also get businesses some extra traffic made up of people having a good time.

"This was really Tim Kurtz’s idea; he’s the genius behind the curtain," Untiedt said.

Kurtz is the executive director of the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce, which, along with Market on Main, are co-sponsors of the event with Main Street.

Untiedt said these are shops that enjoy having visitors, but if someone is shy about walking into a business they know nothing about, Puttin' Around can be a good opportunity.

"If you’re putting in there, then you have an excuse," he said.

If people have an interest in entering their team, call the chamber at 641-814-5900. The chamber of commerce is located at 217 E. Main St.

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