Last Thursday was the start of our mini golf league! There are 19 of us and every two weeks, we go to a different mini golf location and try our hand at some putting. I frickin’ love mini golf. I probably like it more than bowling. That’s how serious I am about it. When my brother and I were kids, we were trying to figure out a way we could build our own mini golf course in our grandparents’ field. I don’t think we told them of our plans to be billionaires. But if we had, I’m sure they would have let us.
Anyway – last week’s inaugural mini golf league season opener took place at Adventure Gardens Mini Golf in Richfield. I’d never been there before, despite having drive past it while on Portland several times and continually telling myself I should play sometime. Their website hails it as “18 holes of miniature golf surrounded by attractive gardens, landscaping, waterfalls, ponds and streams.” Except there was no running water anywhere and the only ponds were made up of collected rain water. Disappointing to say the least, because I do love some waterfalls. This is supposed to be the waterfall:
I’m not sure how well maintained the course is overall. There was one hole where the cup had come up over the astro-turf, making it impossible to get the ball in without making it jump. That same hole also had some type of wood that didn’t really support the weight of a full grown (albeit overweight) adult next to the hole. There was way too much give in that tiny piece of plywood for my liking and possibly my safety!
Other than the missing water attractions and the fact that one of the employees had to use a leaf blower to get a ball unstuck from one of the holes, it was a super pretty course! There were rabbits visiting us from time to time and tons of gorgeous flowers. There aren’t any windmills or dinosaurs or other gaudy things you have to hit you ball around, but the par 2 on some of these holes will definitely give most people a challenge!
I don’t remember what par was, but I shot 14 over and was in the top three of our league. I’m coming after you, Bubba Watson.
6335 Portland Avenue South
Located on the west edge of Vets Memorial Park
Parking lot entrance at 64th & Portland Ave
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday–Sunday, 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
$7.25 for 18 holes for an adult. They do take credit cards.
You can protein up on milkshakes before you play at their snack bar. There are also nachos.