family-friendly fun for over 50 years!
Conveniently located on route 228 in Adams Township near Mars Area High School, (only 2 miles from Route 8, and 6 miles from Cranberry), Mars-Bethel Golf has given countless families and friends the perfect place to make memories together and have some good-old fashioned outdoor fun, for over 50 years! However, in the 1950s, Mars-Bethel was located over 30 miles from where it stands today.
It was in 1950 when Mary Hooten's mother, Gertrude Naser, took ownership of a pitch-and-putt in Bethel Park, PA. She got into the business accidentally after the man she worked for built a nine-hole, par-3 course for his sons to own, only to find out later that they didn't want it. So, the man offered it to Naser and she decided to take a chance. With the help of nephews and nieces, she made a course that was packed night after night.
In 1964, when 28 acres of woodland on route 228 became available, the family made the move to Mars, PA, keeping "Bethel" in the name for recognition. They literally rolled up the greens from Bethel and trucked them over to the new course. Over the last 50+ years, thousands of families and friends have come to Mars-Bethel to play miniature golf, to drive balls, and to load up on their favorite candy and refreshements. No wonder Mars Bethel has always drawn a crowd on those beautiful days and nights of spring, summer and fall.
While some obstacles and course changes had been made to keep the mini-golf course challenging and fun over the years, the old-school charm and family-friendly fun has always remained. In recent years, housing constructed behind the driving range has unfortunately limited the use of the driving range. In 2017, thanks to some major course renovations including some new obstacles and all-new carpeting, the mini-golf course is more fun and challenging than ever before! Plus, with the construction of indoor and outdoor seating areas, a Par-Tee Room for children's parties, and new offerings of hot food in the clubhouse, Mars-Bethel plans to continue being the place to be for good times and great memories, hopefully for the next 50 years to come!