During COVID quarantine, Duluth family creates wiffle golf course

Baihly Warfield
Updated: June 29, 2020 10:41 PM

DULUTH,  Minn. - When you pull up to the Vitiritto home, don't be surprised if a wiffle ball comes flying your way. 

You might put things together when you see the "Welcome to Critter Hill Golf Course" sign. Nine holes of wiffle golf are the result of three months of COVID-19 quarantine. 

"I just woke up one morning, and we were kind of realizing with quarantine that we might not be able to golf and our curling tournament was canceled," Mariah Vitiritto said. 

They already had wiffle balls, a can of spray paint, and some golf clubs. All they needed was a name. Critter Hill came easy. 

"We have had bear, fox, groundhogs, squirrel, chipmunks, owls, a family of crows, and our critters in the house," Mariah said. "There's just so much wildlife here. It's totally appropriate."

The Vitirittos moved into their home in the Hunter's Park neighborhood of Duluth about a year ago. Now, the yard is dotted with yellow flags indicating where the holes are. And there may be a few more divets. 

They've had friends over to play, but it's open to anyone. 

"We have proper scorecards now, we have a club dropoff," Scott Vitiritto said. "So it keeps moving as we go." 

People are just asked to make a donation to House of Hearts, which is the curling tournament that benefits Project Joy, a program to fight childhood hunger. The tournament was cancelled.

You can make a tee time by messaging the Critter Hill Golf Course Facebook page


Baihly Warfield

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