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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Spooky: Bellevue Golf-Course-on-Cemetery Takes Cue From Mini-Golf-Course-Under-Funeral-Home

Though a lot more serious (deadpan?) than the miniature golf course in the Basement of Ahlgrim’s Funeral Home, the new 820 sq. ft. green and fairway at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue definitely falls into the same world. They’re both functional. But where the Ahlgrim’s mini course serves to comfort the grieving children and provide a little escape, Sunset Hills is a full-on cemetery with 1,281 plots and a vault for cremated remains (accessible through the golf hole itself).

Arne Swanson, Sunset Hills’ funeral home marketing director, explained the concept to Seattle Weekly in an interview today. “There’s a vault installed below the green,” he said. “A passageway leads up to the top of the green and the hole.”

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Spooky: Miniature Golf in Basement of Ahlgrim’s Funeral Home

Yes, this is for real. And yes, it is so freakin’ awesome.

It’s the secretly infamous, miniature golf course Ahlgrim Acres, in the basement of Ahlgrim Funeral Home. On our recent Chicago trip we finally made it up to Palatine to experience this amazing, oddball gem. Originally built for their kids back in the 60s, the 9 haunted holes (complete with spooky music) are open to the public; when they’re not conducting services, that is. More info below.

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August putting through the coffin. Notice the real estate sign on top, “Homes for living“.

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