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28 May 2011 @ 08:26 pm
Playing Mini-Golf in the Rain!  
I used to go to Golfland a lot as a kid. It's a very nostalgic place and close to home, so last night when my friends and I were trying to figure out what to do, I suggested mini-golf. Sure, the sky was threatening to rain, but I thought that it would keep other players away and we'd have the place to ourselves.

When we arrived, the raindrops had already started falling so we decided to do an 18-hole course instead of the 36. Golfing in the rain was fun. None of us was very good at it, but we all managed to make at least one hole-in-one, so it was definitely a boost to the ego. But for every hole-in-one, someone would have an embarrassing course where it would take 8 or 9 strokes to get the ball into the stupid cup. I ended up winning, but it was really close.

There's not a lot of variety in the holes on the South Course at Golfland. There are a lot of raised holes, where you have to hit the ball up the side of a cone-shaped hill. Two or three of the holes were water traps. I think there were three 'trap door' holes, although I'm not sure.

When we were done with our round of golf, we hit our balls into the castle and I actually managed to get it into the hole-in-one spot. "Hey, free game!" we thought. No dice. It turns out that a bell has to go off, and it only goes off randomly - not every time you make the hole-in-one shot. Bummer! That's definitely not how I remember it from when I was a kid...but I'm also pretty sure that when I came here as a child, the 'castle' was not the 18th hole, but was a special bonus shot. I think that if you play both courses, you end up with only 35 holes, not 36, because each course terminates at the castle. I could be wrong about this, but if that's how it works, that's lame.

Mini-golf is definitely still fun, but man, Golfland sure looks dumpy now that I’m an adult. The artificial turf was really worn down on some of the holes, to the point where the red and yellow textured surface was completely gone. Most of the set pieces looked like they'd been painted recently, at least. It's pretty obvious that the courses have been re-numbered; there's a brass number at the bottom of each course, and then a larger spray-painted number that was added later. It looks cheap and lazy. Plus, the customer service is really lacking. I mean, I can’t say that I’d be thrilled to be working at a golf course in the rain for minimum wage, but if I managed to fake-smile at every person who came into Lush asking if they could eat the soap, these kids can pretend to enjoy their job, too. (I say kids, but at least two of the employees looked older than me.)

I wish I'd taken pictures, but with the drizzling rain it seemed better to keep my camera safely tucked away.