Fore Moore's offers year-round fun
While on their honeymoon to northern Minnesota in July, Mike and Sarah Moore came up with an idea for a new business in New Richmond.
The couple was enjoying a game of mini-golf when they realized there wasn't a similar type of business in their home community.
The newlyweds, who were looking for an opportunity to work together, decided the best option was to open an indoor mini-golf facility that also served food, drinks and more.
"We originally wanted to be outside, but we're in Wisconsin..." Sarah said, referring to the cold winter months that would shut down any outside venture.
As they talked about their idea, Sarah said the couple was excited about the idea of providing a new, year-round entertainment option for people.
"We wanted to give something for the kids to do after school," Sarah explained. "And we wanted something for families."
The couple looked at several potential locations for their business, but decided to open in the strip mall at 1655 Dorset Lane, across from Walmart on the southern edge of town.
"This was perfect for us," Sarah said. "It's close to Walmart and close to the schools."
The Moores began preparing the space, which formerly housed a movie rental business, in September. Mike and Sarah said they worked many 16-hour days to get the business ready for opening. With the help of family and friends, the "Fore Moore's" business finally opened its doors Oct. 15.
The sturdy miniature golf course was purchased from a company in Pennsylvania that specializes in such businesses.
"They custom made the holes for us so they would fit in our space," Sarah said.
"They're not permanent," Mike added. "We can move them around if we want."
The nine-hole layout has some easy and not-so-easy holes. The facility has yet to establish "par" for the individual holes, but Mike said the best score so far has been 21.
Mike said the couple hopes to organize mini-golf leagues for adults and students this winter. Fore Moore's may also organize a dart league as the weather turns cold.
"We'll probably do that after Christmas, when it's cold and people get restless," he said.
The owners also installed a beer and wine bar to cater to an older clientele as well. Sarah said "Fore Moore's" is a 21 and older facility after 9 p.m.
Mike has several years' experience in the food and beverage business, so his background should help in running the new establishment. He previously owned Mike's Place in downtown New Richmond and has been working at Ready Randy's for about seven years.
Now that the business is operating, Sarah said, the reaction from customers has been encouraging.
"Everybody says this is awesome," she said.
The interior is cheery and bright, thanks to a lighting system that makes it appear that golfers are outside, Sarah said. Colorful wall murals and golf-themed decorations also add to the atmosphere.
Fore Moore's is open from 2 p.m. to closing on weekdays and 10 a.m. to closing on weekends.
The food offerings include 16 varieties of pizza, jumbo pretzels, chips and cheese and more.
"We're going to expand the menu once we figure out what people are liking or not liking," Sarah said.
The bar serves beer and wine, as well as specialty drinks. A large bank of televisions give the bar section of the business a sports bar feel.
Fore Moore's is available for birthday parties, holiday parties, company functions and more.
"It's a good team building activity for companies," Mike explained.
If people want to cater in food for their events, Sarah noted, the facility works exclusively with R & D Catering to create a menu.
Fore Moore's is planning a grand opening from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Nov. 9. Specials, prizes and music are planned.
For more information, call 715-246-3673.