Sandy Dunes Adventure Golf under new owners in 2022 • Thumbwind

Jim and Beth Selke of Clarkston, Michigan mentored and guided their 25-year-old son Justin Selke on his first business venture. If season one is any indication, this storied business has been placed in good hands. The Selke family is proud to have taken over the reins Sand Dune Adventure Golfa famous local miniature golf and dairy bar near Port Austin, Michigan.

Hospitality experience

Sand Dune Adventure Golf

Selke family businesses include bowling centers, a niche e-commerce pond supply company and a specialty insurance agency. Sandy Dunes operator Justin Selke cut his teeth at the family bowling shops, starting in the kitchen as a teenager.

The appeal of Sandy Dunes to the family was that it is a family-oriented entertainment company, which through years of operating bowling centers they have come to understand fundamentally. Therefore, the comfort of the Selke family was high when entering the mini golf and its ice cream business, plus it was run exclusively by the founder for almost 30 years. The family was looking for a well-run, healthy, iconic business that would be popular in their community.

Park-like setting of Sandy Dunes Adventure Golf

Evening at Sandy Dunes Adventure Golf in Port Austin
Evening at Sandy Dunes Adventure Golf in Port Austin

When Justin and his parents first saw the property, it was obvious that it was more than well-maintained — a rich, beautiful landscape and topography (Jim described it as an arboretum) that shines in a scenic tourist area. It’s a little known fact that Sandy Dunes Adventure Golf is home to the tallest and only waterfall in the Upper Thumb!

The Selke’s appreciate the effort it takes to build and maintain a successful business. This opportunity ticked all the boxes for her and Justin was ready to start his business career.

Family has gathered around Justin as he nears the end of his first season. He brings energy and customer centric service to the company, much like his founder.

Owners offer new perspectives for visitors

Sand Dunes Adventure Golf Waterfall
Sand Dunes Adventure Golf Waterfall

He’s been working diligently since April, mostly 12-14 hour days, and has demonstrated his intentions and determination by tending the stunning landscape and grounds, offering world-class ice cream treats, and building relationships with locals and staff alike.

Justin has brought back a small arcade area this season, and future plans include adding family attractions, improvements to the sound and lighting system, and some renovations to make it more comfortable for guests in the summer heat.

End of season offers a sweet offer

Sand Dune Adventure Golf

Sandy Dunes will end the 2022 season with a sweet deal. The facility is open on weekends from 11am until mid-October. Pay for a round of mini golf and get a free scoop of premium ice cream.

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