Sunday was the final day for Herndon’s Woody’s Golf Range.
The driving range and the Perils of the Lost Jungle miniature golf course had been a recreational fixture in the area since 1980.
Owner Woody FitzHugh, a former PGA Tour player, announced last spring that he would close Nov. 1.
Woody’s had this to say on its Facebook page Sunday:
Final morning opening the range for our wonderful customers. It has been a pleasure and a blessing to serve you and your families for the past 35 years. Thank you all for coming and hitting balls, sharing stories and allowing us to be and share a small part of your lives.
Thank you for helping us to create a community of fellowship that was never just about golf but about people. We have many precious memories because of you. Please continue to check this page for our upcoming endeavors. Thank you, and may God richly bless you and your families.
FitzHugh told the Fairfax Times in April that traffic and construction near the entrance to Woody’s on Route 7 had an impact on business the last few years.
The 30 acres that housed Woody’s has been sold to a residential developer, who plans single-family homes on the site. Look for construction to begin early next year.
FitzHugh says the money from that deal will now enable him to build a new miniature golf course, location to be named later. He will likely save his collection of animatronic animals and other theatrical set pieces from Woody’s to use at the new location.
Photo: Perils of the Lost Jungle at Woody’s Golf Range/Woody’s Golf Range via Facebook