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20 years of Putt-Putt fun in Farragut

Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Farragut has three Putt-Putt courses to greet visitors, as well as arcade games and softball and baseball batting cages.- Heather Mays/farragutpress
Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Farragut is marking 20 years of fun and games.

“We moved here in March of 1991 and this was the reason we moved here, for the Putt-Putt golf courses and the whole facility. And we loved East Tennessee as well,” said Marva Vaughn, who owns Putt-Putt with her husband, David.

“We have customers who call us the Farragut institution,” Vaughn said, adding she enjoys seeing customers and even former employees return to Putt-Putt with their families and children.

“That’s always fun to see them,” she added.

For 19 of the 20 years Putt-Putt has been located in Farragut, it has held a Free Putt-Putt Day in September, in conjunction with the town of Farragut.

“We understand that the community is what supports us, so we want to support the community in turn,” Vaughn said.

The Free Putt-Putt Day is held the third Monday in September each year.

“It’s just a nice way to thank the community for all their support during that year,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn said the business tries to take other steps to be community-minded as well.

Putt-Putt has adopted and cleans Campbell Station Road, between Farragut Primary School and Kingston Pike, and West End Avenue, from the schools to the Pike. They’re also a corporate sponsor of The Original Knox County Schools Coupon Book, as well as sponsors of Farragut Primary and Farragut Intermediate.

“In the 20 years, we’ve donated over $1 million in free Putt-Putt passes [through the coupon books],” Vaughn said.

Farragut’s Putt-Putt is running specials so customers can help celebrate the business’s 20th anniversary: for $10, customers get a game of Putt-Putt golf, 20 game room tokens and an ice cream treat.

“One of the new menu items for our concession area is Ittibitz ice cream, which is similar to Dippin’ Dots, and that’s the special treat we’re giving out as part of our anniversary special,” Vaughn said.

Putt-Putt, 164 West End Ave., has three 18-hole courses, plus batting cages for softball and baseball, as well as an arcade, concession stand and rooms for parties.

Softball batting cages have two speeds and the baseball batting cages have four. The arcade has more than 50 games, Vaughn said.

“Some are regular video games and some are redemption games, where tickets are dispensed and they can trade the tickets in for prizes,” she said.

“We have everything on the prize list from Tootsie Rolls to bicycles,” she added.

Tickets can be saved for larger prizes, and possible prizes can be negotiated.

“We do have a wish list customers can give us. So they’ll say, ‘How many tickets is it for this kind of item?’ and we’ll find out and let the customer know. And if that’s what they want, we’ll go out and get it and trade tickets for the item.”

Vaughn said she’d had one customer who had traded tickets for an iPod Touch.

“He saved up his tickets and that’s what he got,” she said.

Putt-Putt holds birthday parties and can host large groups, and has daily specials for Putt-Putt games and arcade and concession stand deals.

Farragut’s Putt-Putt — the only Putt-Putt in the Knoxville area — has seasonal hours. The current spring hours are from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays; from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays, and from noon to 9 p.m., Sundays.

For more information, visit or call 865-675-5558.


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