Troxel’s Rock Garden in Rockaway Beach is getting a facelift.
Six months ago, the longtime tourist attraction was underwater, like much of the seaside city.
By Brad Mosher
Now, the owners are making water a centerpiece for a big change in the rock garden.
They are transforming part of the garden into a miniature golf course.– with a water hazard.
The Troxels, Victor and Jen, spent hours Friday trying to get at least six holes prepared for the second day of the annual Pirate Festival Saturday.
Eventually, Victor said he wanted to get nine holes up and running within the next week or so.
The idea presented itself to the Troxels when someone talked to them about storing a mobile miniature golf course on their property. That plan fell through, but it inspired Victor and Jen to build their own course along the northern edge of their rock garden.
Each hole is built on a raised plywood base, with the first one using some of the thousands of rocks in the garden to form a border.
He also had built a hole featuring a large sand trap and large palm tree with wire “fronds” and a large coconut.
In addition, he is working on plans to use a volcano on the course.
The Rock Garden/ mini-golf course is located next to Troxel’s Gem and Jewelry Company at 146 Highway 101 in downtown Rockaway Beach.