Taking his first date to Cool Crest Miniature Golf, Dr. James Andry always had a special place in his heart for the Westside landmark…so when it came available for purchase, he knew he needed to own it – and restore it back to its original grandeur.
Dating back to 1929, Cool Crest is a designated historic landmark (by the City of San Antonio) and remains one of the most beloved and architecturally notable miniature golf courses in the city. With a total of 8,000sf and nearly two inner city acres, the site is nestled quietly back in the tropical greenery – save its iconic sign. Set to open June 30, locals will have the chance to play the beloved miniature golf course.Andry, an internal medicine doctor who is a lifelong resident of San Antonio, has always had a fondness for Cool Crest. “It was always so beautiful...you felt like you had stepped into another world…it was an oasis of sorts.” He notes while other miniature golf courses use obstacles and “theme-park” like elements, Cool Crest derives much of its unique style from nature. Its fairways swerve and swoon with gentle sloping and rigid deco edges.
While Cool Crest was established as a miniature golf course in 1929, it didn't gain its trademark Art Deco look until Harold Metzger, a Texas trucker, sold his truck, leased the site and opened an 18-hole course there in 1937. Most other courses during that era utilized miniature windmills and lighthouses as obstacles; Metzger wanted his to be different. He fashioned a unique course with natural slopes, waterways, hundreds of banana trees and other greenery, letting its natural design language speak for itself.
Andry, who will include his brother Albert Andry (another Cool Crest fan) in the redevelopment adventure, is grateful to District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal and his Chief of Staff Kevin Lopez for shepherding the team through a challenging purchase/approval due to an irregular site assemblage.
The Andrys also sought the assistance of the Westside Development Corporation to help bring back the site’s heritage. WDC Executive Director Ray Flores explains the entity has helped navigate city agencies as well as offering its real estate development advisory services. When renovated, adds Flores, the existing facility will return much excitement and energy to the Westside. “It’s an important piece of the neighborhood’s history,” adds Andry. “We’re proud to help bring it back.”
Cool Crest's summer hours are from 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; and 10 a.m.-midnight, Friday-Saturday. The course is closed on Monday. Address: 1414 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas 78201