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Pics of Jockey's Ridge Putt Putt or Ghost Ship attraction

By: KillDevilKilgore
7/19/2009 2:18 PM

Greetings all !!! I have been visiting the Outer Banks yearly since 1984. I was the ripe ol' age of seven back then. Hard to believe there are now 25 yrs worth of memories swirling in my head. I would be forever grateful if anyone has any pics of the Putt Putt course as it stood before Mother Nature's reclaimation. Also, I would die a happy man if anyone has pics of the old haunted attraction from the 80s-The Ghost Ship. A scan of an old brochure would be amazing!!! I'm surprised I haven't seen any scans of old tourist guides (e.g. Sunny Day) from the 80s. I bet there would be several great advertisements for several OBX attractions and resturants that are long gone. Does anyone remember the waterslide that was in Nags Head (I think)? That place was always packed. There was also a mini-theme park somewhere towards Cape Hatteras I believe. It had water slides, go-karts, etc... The first few years my family came down, we stayed at the Old London Inn. There was an ice cream stand right down from it on Beach Road. Ahhhh...the memories! Sorry to ramble...just lost in nostalgia :smiley1:

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By: obxcrew
8/2/2009 11:27 AM

So glad to see this post. My daughter would also like to see the buried putt putt course.... There were recently pics of the course. But I can't remember who posted them .. I'm thinking roanokeis did/ She is a WEALTH of information and pics....:smiley40:

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By: obxgrlinva
8/3/2009 10:44 AM

I found these 2 pictures



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By: schredhammer
8/4/2009 1:32 AM

Next time I'm in Nags Head/Kitty Hawk, I'm putting on my viking clothes and laying siege to that castle with sword in hand :evil:

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By: Squid Pro Quo
8/4/2009 6:07 PM

I found these 2 pictures


I think that's my golf ball in the sand trap!:banana::banana:

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By: JDS51066
8/5/2009 4:21 PM

obxgrlinva- when were those pictures taken?

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By: crossham
8/6/2009 1:26 PM

We are the same age. I have been vacationing on the OUter Banks since I was born. I thought I was the only one who remember the Ghost Ship. I just posted a thread about it on the other board.

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By: roanokeis
8/6/2009 1:48 PM

Not the best photos, but all I have. I use to take my daughter to both attractions a lot as well as Dowdy's Amusement park. We both had fun at all these places, but sadly I never brought a camera. I cropped in more on the aerial shot, but not a good picture. The postcard shows the ship at the old carpet golf at the foot of Jockey's Ridge. The ship is where you got your clubs and balls to play. There was a window opening and a wooden ledge below the window, bank teller style. The college age employee would pass your clubs and balls through the opening in the ship. I believe this attraction was built in 1977. I think there is a plaque on the castle or engraving on the castle remains stating that. I hope someone else finds better pictures and shares.



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By: summergal
8/8/2009 2:59 AM

Wow all the times we've come into Nags head I never knew what the sand castle was.

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By: KillDevilKilgore
8/9/2009 2:43 PM

Thank you to everyone who replied to this post. The pics were excellent!!! I really appreciate the replies. Just got back from the Banks yesterday. Had a wonderful time as always. I will have to post more of my experiences at a later date. This year marks the 25th anniversary of my first trip to the Outer Banks.

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By: Ginapie711
8/11/2009 8:21 PM

I found this on flickr... thought is was pretty neat!

[I]Sweeney_sister: a slice of Sweeney family history: a polaroid showing my brother costumed as the pirate captain of the once famous haunted Ghost Ship of the Outer Banks attraction, an impressive structure that he helped build and operate in the mid 80's located in Nags Head where Blackbeard's Mini Golf now stands. I understand the Ghost Ship burned to the ground a few years after it was built, a little mysterious. The other photo depicts the one-year-you-see-it-the-next-year-you-don't pirate mini golf course that once stood by Jockey's Ridge. My mother bought me a lifetime membership to that attraction not knowing that in just a few years the dunes would have swallowed the entire thing. The castle is still standing, ever at the mercy of mother nature. [/I]



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By: Woodduck
8/12/2009 1:10 AM

Thank you to everyone who replied to this post. The pics were excellent!!! I really appreciate the replies. Just got back from the Banks yesterday. Had a wonderful time as always. I will have to post more of my experiences at a later date. This year marks the 25th anniversary of my first trip to the Outer Banks.
Glad you had a fun trip! This has become an excellent thread, to follow...thanks all!

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By: Ginapie711
8/12/2009 1:56 PM

I know you asked for old pics of when the mini golf course was open and operating, but I found some more recent buried pics on flickr that I thought were interesting...



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By: Ginapie711
8/12/2009 1:58 PM

Here's a couple more I found on flickr and google image search...



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By: jeffloveobx
9/1/2009 12:29 AM

These pictures just make me happy. so many good memories of the best place on earth.

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By: obxfan
9/15/2009 4:01 PM

You can find several photos on Flickr if you search for "Jockey's Ridge Sand Castle." Does anyone know what happened to the turrets? In the earlier photos, when the castle began to emerge from the sand, there are two turrets that are almost fully intact. Now only their metal skeletons are left, and the one that used to be on top of the column that was part of an arch (to the left of the castle if your back is to the ocean/Kitty Hawk Kites side) is completely gone. Do you think tourists took it, or parts of it, or did the weather just blow it away in pieces?

Thanks so much to those who posted these pictures. I had asked a little while back, on the message board, if anyone has any information about it. It's such a neat thing all around. There must be a good close-up picture somewhere of what the course looked like in 1978 - a post card, pamphlet, something. I read that there's an old Nags Head hotel buried under there.

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By: OBX Nut
9/18/2009 7:28 PM

Here's the pic I promised:



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By: hoi toide
9/19/2009 1:53 AM

Robin~ great pic. Did you say this was taken around the late 70's/early 80's when you posted it in the other forum? :smiley16:

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By: KillDevilKilgore
9/20/2009 2:11 PM

Haven't had the opportunity to post in awhile. These are some great pics! Thank you so much Ginapie and OBX Nut. My mom has a pic of the giant octupuss I'm gonna have to dig out.

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By: OBX Nut
9/20/2009 6:04 PM

Robin~ great pic. Did you say this was taken around the late 70's/early 80's when you posted it in the other forum? :smiley16:
I'm pretty sure they were taken in the late's 70's maybe in 78 or 79 my dad passed away in December of 1979 and these pics were taken before he passed away.

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By: OBX Nut
9/20/2009 6:05 PM

Another pic



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By: roanokeis
9/20/2009 10:05 PM

Wow! Great pic Robin! Thanks again. Loving your pictures. Keep them coming please. :smiley16:

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By: jeffloveobx
9/20/2009 11:47 PM

cool! i remember that!

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By: ponygrl
9/27/2009 1:06 PM

I was wondering about the turrets also. when it was first emerging they were there and now their gone, whats up?

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By: roanokeis
9/29/2009 12:38 PM

Jockey's Ridge is constantly shifting, covering up or uncovering. Read more about it here: [url]Click to follow link...[/url]

I was wondering about the turrets also. when it was first emerging they were there and now their gone, whats up?

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