By Brittany Anderson
BUDA — Stepping into the Memorial Mini Golf and Museum building is like stepping back in time — World War II-era uniforms, weapons, newspapers, photographs and more fill this one-of-a-kind establishment that mixes history with fun.
The Buda Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Veterans Day at MMGM in celebration of its grand opening weekend. Buda city officials, local businesses and veterans participated in the ceremony, which included a P-51 Mustang flyover.
One veteran present at the ceremony was WWII Pilot Lt. Col. Huie Lamb, who flew a P-51 during the war. Lamb is credited with downing three Nazi aircraft in aerial battles and three more on the ground, and was one of the first people to down an Me 262. A case in the museum is filled with memorabilia he donated to MMGM owners Brian and Rachel McKinney, including his flying gloves, goggles, helmet and oxygen mask.
The McKinneys said they are planning on expanding the museum to include historical items from other wars, including Korea and Vietnam. The mini golf course features 18 holes that are dedicated to WWII veterans and scattered with historical props throughout, like an Iwo Jima sculpture and full-scale P-51 replica. MMGM was also recently featured on the television program “The Texas Bucket List.”
MMGM is located on FM 1626 in Buda.
Photos by Brittany Anderson.