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Crave Golf Club in Tennessee is getting a sweet new castle

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

The rooftop mini-golf course at Crave Golf Club in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. is already pretty sweet, but it’s going to get even sweeter with the addition of a candy-themed castle designed by a candy-loving East Tennessee Children’s Hospital patient named Jaylen.

Crave Golf Club, Jaylen, candy-themed castle, mini-golf, Pigeon Forge
Images courtesy of Crave Golf Club

The brave and creative 9-year-old has been fighting a brain tumor called Pilocytic Astrocytoma for over six years. During that time, the staff at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital discovered one very important thing about Jaylen: The girl loves candy.

Crave Golf Club, ranked #1 Mini Putt in America by TheTravel.com, is a candy lover’s paradise with 19-hole candy-themed indoor and outdoor mini-golf courses, mini-bowling, two escape rooms, and of course, a candy store. Crave initially approached the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital about hosting a fundraising event to support local kids in the community; however, when the team from Crave met ultimate candy fan Jaylen, they made a sweet deal.

Now, Jaylen is working with the design team Brainchild Creative to create Crave’s most jaw-dropping castle yet. Despite her tumor causing her to be legally blind, Jaylen can see colorful things, so the Brainchild Creative team is making sure it will be the brightest castle ever, complete with a plaque dedicating it to Jaylen. There’s no doubt that Jaylen’s bright and cheerful personality will be reflected in her candy-themed castle and that it will make the rooftop course even more vibrant and fun.

Jaylen’s castle concept drawing

“We are super excited to work with Jaylen and Children’s Hospital,” said owner Chucky Blalock. “Crave is a family-friendly attraction where everyone can feel like a kid again, and I can’t think of a better way to complement that than making a girl’s dreams a reality.”

The new castle—dubbed the sweetest addition to the foothills of the Smokies—is expected to be completed in mid-October. When it’s complete, Crave will close for an afternoon so Jaylen can see her all-new castle in person for the first time and play a round of mini-golf with her family. After Jaylen’s private visit, Crave will open to the public and host a fundraiser for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

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