Fore! The Browser Open mini-golf set for Mar 18

The gray skies of winter grind on. Golf clubs gather dust. The short game’s getting rustier and rustier by the day.

But wait: There’s hope. The Friends of the Fond du Lac Public Library will be hosting the third Browser Open, an all-ages, family friendly mini-golf event inside the library 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The 18-hole, par-three course will wend its way around bookcases, computers and furniture throughout the downtown facility’s three levels. Each hole will be unique: designed and built by a local organization, club or business.

Tickets at the door are $5 for adults and $3 for children aged 17 and younger. Along with the golf, players can visit the 19th Hole, which will offer lunch items (pork tacos, mac and cheese, hot dogs and fruit), drinks, bake sale items, door prizes and raffles.

The downtown library will be closed to regular business for the golf event, but the FDLPL Express branch will be open regular hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Primary sponsors of The Browser Open are Charter Communications, Fond du Lac Noon Rotary and Service League of Fond du Lac.

Additional support is provided by C.D. Smith Construction, Culver’s, Evening Optimists, Gallery & Frame Shop, Grande Cheese, Kiwanis of Fabulous Fond du Lac, Kraus Dentistry, National Exchange Bank & Trust, Society Insurance and Twohig Orthodontics. Dozens of local businesses, organizations and individuals have donated gift certificates and items for the raffle, silent auction and door prizes.

The businesses, clubs and organizations that have jumped in to design a hole are a true cross section of the community: Charter Communications, Friends of Taylor Park Pool, Baha’i Faith, ParkWatch, National Exchange Bank & Trust, Whispering Springs Golf Club, Fond du Lac Literacy Services, Gottfried Arboretum, Marian University, Boys and Girls Club, Equality Project, Earth Justice Now and Dr. Tom Kraus Dentistry. The Friends of the Fond du Lac Public Library and library staff, too, have created holes for the course.

The Browser Open (named after the library’s mascot, Browser the Dog) will raise money for library programming. It’s a project of the Friends of the Fond du Lac Public Library, a nonprofit organization that promotes and encourages the use of library services by fundraising, supporting special events and providing programs for the community.

The event will be an open house, of sorts, for the library’s recently completed project of installing new carpet on the first and second floors and rearranging some of the materials. Nearly 200,000 items had to be removed and put back, in order. Adult fiction has been moved to the second floor, and newspapers and magazines have moved down to the first floor.




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