ABOUT US

An affordable family fun center on the Virginia Peninsula

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OUR HISTORY

 

Play a Round Family Fun Center was originally located in Newport News in Warwick Village Shopping Center. Opened in 1971, that property operated as a Putt-Putt® Golf franchise

 

When the Cowan family purchased the business in 2004, it became a true local business with local flair. In 2014, the property in Newport News was closed and demolished, and the Cowans decided to build a larger, more modern facility.. They soon began construction on their new York County property, which debuted in July 2018.This location stays open year-round (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). We offer 36 holes of exciting miniature golf, an arcade featuring over 40 of the
latest video and redemption games, a 2,400 square foot laser tag arena, and a snack bar featuring such items as fresh baked pizza and hand-dipped Blue Bell Ice Cream!

CENTRALLY LOCATED IN YORK COUNTY

This new location was more accessible and visible, situated in the area where more and more families were moving. We added new, exciting activities and updated amenities, which you can explore in person and on the pages of our website. But don't worry—the beloved animal figures are the originals from our previous location.

 

Each year, we host hundreds of groups and parties from area schools, churches, daycares and businesses. We'd love to see you soon, too!

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THE COWAN FAMILY

Owners Wes and Samantha Cowan are happy to provide a clean, family-friendly entertainment venue for visitors throughout Hampton Roads. Wes has been a lifelong mini golfer, playing professionally as a teenager.


He worked as manager of the original Putt-Putt from 1990-98. In his early days at the business, he met the woman who would become his wife. Samantha and all her siblings worked there. Wes later worked for Putt-Putt in Florida and North Carolina, eventually moving up to its corporate headquarters. When the Cowans decided to return home to the Peninsula, they contacted the owners of the Putt-Putt (by that time closed for two years) and negotiated to buy it.

The newly renamed Play A Round opened in 2004, with Samantha's father and brother co-owning the business. Over the years, Wes and Samantha's son and daughter (now nearly grown) have worked there as well. Building the new York County location from the ground up was an exciting (and scary!) experience for these entrepreneurs, but they're pleased to see how much customers are enjoying their thoughtful choices.

 

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