One of the things that we introduced Finnegan to this summer was miniature golf and he loved it immediately. We thought he might be a little too young, but Finnegan is naturally competitive and likes any game that involves keeping score (and in true four-year old fashion, he doesn’t feel bad about cheating to win). I think his newly acquired ‘love’ of the game is partially related to the fact that he won a free game his first time playing by getting a hole in one on the last hole. Everyone standing around was as surprised as we were and Finnegan certainly enjoyed the attention.
However, the courses around us all seem to be old and outdated and lack any character. We played again in Upstate NY with my nieces over Labor Day and the course up there was pretty lackluster as well.
Miniature golf is a popular family vacation activity so we had high hopes for the courses in the Fort Myers, Florida area and they didn’t disappoint! On our drive from the airport to Sanibel, Finnegan noticed Castle Golf immediately and asked if we could play there. They were closed for the night since we had a late flight, but we promised to hit the course on our way back to the airport.
What we didn’t plan for was a summer afternoon thunderstorm that is typical in southern Florida. While we appreciated the rainbow that bid us adieu from Sanibel, we didn’t appreciate waiting out the thunderstorm in our rental minivan and watching the minutes tick by as our flight time approached.
The storm finally slowed to a drizzle and we raced up to the Castle and looked desperate enough that they let us play, notwithstanding their normal 45 minute waiting period so they can drain the water from the course. Finnegan definitely didn’t mind fishing his ball out of the cup filled with water.
We had to race around the course and didn’t get to properly play each hole, but the boys had so much fun. A lot of the holes had really great designs with multiple levels. Declan obviously doesn’t play, but they gave him a ball and putter for free and he had fun playing on the course. Even though the weather wasn’t great, we appreciated the trade-off of having the place all to ourselves.
Do you know of any great miniature golf courses? One that sticks out in my mind is in Lake George, NY where we went one summer for a family vacation, but I don’t remember the name.