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RINDGE: Local business owner opens entertainment center to fill a void in town

  • Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region.

    Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region.

    Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region.

    Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region.

    Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region.

    Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region.
  • Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region.
  • Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region.
  • Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region.
  • Caribbean Adventure Golf opened in Rindge on Nov. 29. The indoor miniature golf course and arcade are owned by Tom Duffy, who wants to provide more family fun opportunities in the Monadnock region.

Tom Duffy remembers going to bowling alleys, driving ranges, miniature golf courses, roller rinks, and arcades as he was growing up in Pennsylvania. Duffy, who is now 57 and has seven grandchildren, decided a year and a half ago that it was high time for kids in the Rindge area to have similar opportunities.

“There’s nothing for the kids to do around here,” Duffy said in an interview on Monday, giving the reason he opened his new business, Caribbean Adventure and Golf.

The pirate-themed indoor arcade and miniature golf center opened on Nov. 29. It is housed in the former Sears building off of Route 202, which Duffy owns along with about 100 acres of land surrounding the area. Duffy brought Sears to the area in 1995, and after selling the business and opening and closing a motorcycle shop, Duffy saw a chance to use the open, empty space.

“The facility lent itself really well to doing this,” he said. “It was just basically decorating the building.”

Duffy built the glow-in-the-dark golf course, and a local tattoo artist, Rob Laroux, did the fantastical, pirate-filled “arrrr-work” on the wall. As for all the boats, buoys, and the creepy pirate man up on the wall, Duffy said he found a lot of it in antique shops and off of Craigslist. All the arcade games, like skee-ball and air hockey, had to be acquired too. “It took about a year of searching to find everything,” he said.

The first weeks have been quiet, but promising, according to Duffy. For the moment, he’s focusing on getting the word out through social media and local advertising in order to get more customers.

“It’s slow, but everyone also comes in and thinks its a good thing,” he said. Duffy said he’s had a lot of birthday inquiries so far, and expects that come summer, camps and recreation departments should be able to use the facility.

“This is a great place for fundraisers,” Duffy added, indicating that the local fire department and other organizations could host events at Caribbean Adventure and Golf too.

Duffy said that he has received positive feedback from the town of Rindge. “They’re really receptive,” he said. “They realize there’s a need to have something for kids to do.”

Without family fun centers, Duffy noted concerns about local kids’ activities. “It could lead to trouble,” he said. “The computers and some of the [video] games isolate kids and keep them home more,” Duffy added, pointing out that going to a place like Caribbean Adventure and Golf allows for interaction as well as fun. “This is just for the kids to have an opportunity.”

Caribbean Adventure and Golf is currently open Thursday through Sunday, with afternoon and evening hours. Games cost between 25 cents and $1, and miniature golf costs $4 for children 12 and under and $5 for adults. For more information, call 899-6076 or visit online at www.caribbeanadventuregolf.com.

Elodie can be reached by phone at 924-7172 ext. 228, or by email at ereed@ledgertranscript.com. Elodie is also on Twitter @elodie_reed.

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