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Best Miniature Golf Courses

May 21, 2011 4:00 AM

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In the summertime, whether on a date, out with the family, out with friends or just looking for some way to get outside, what better activity than the golf course … the mini golf course that is. But where to play? Here are some of Connecticut’s best … windmill included!

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Riverfront Miniature Golf

218 River Rd.
Unionville, CT 06085
(860) 675-4653
When it comes to atmosphere, this course ranks right at the top. Located on the bank of the Farmington River, this course lends itself nicely to the enjoyment of the activity, but the landscape surrounding it puts it over the edge. As a course, it does provide some difficulty that is fun. It uses both obstacles and a nice use of water to take easier holes and add a little challenge. But don’t worry, there are plenty of holes where you can get that always searched for hole-in-one. You won’t be disappointed if you head to this course as you’ll golf with the running of the river right over your shoulder. And afterwards, stop in and grab a cool, refreshing snack – ice cream on site!

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Hidden Valley

2060 West St.
Southington, CT 06489
(860) 621-1630
Located right near the Worldwide Leader (ESPN), this course sits right on the border of both Southington and Bristol and brings a rustic feel to a newer course. Some nice features include a good amount of water, not natural, along with some obstacles, a nice putting green to warm-up on. Also, some of the holes take a nice shape like a shamrock and an arrow. And to make things easier, it’s minutes from the high, making it easier to get to and get playing.

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Blue Fox Walk

1603 Hopmeadow St.
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 651-9055
This course is less about obstacles and more about making each hole feel like you’re on a real 18-hole course, with difficulty based on the setup of the holes and not about getting below, above or around something. The course has some rough, some sand traps and even a water hazard or two. Overall, it’s not impossible – outside of a scary hole No. 5. It’s also impeccably groomed and just got re-carpeted so it’s fancy. And maybe most importantly, ice cream on site with two dozen or so soft-served flavors.

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  • Ahlaria D.

    HIDDEN VALLEY, Southington, CT — Horrible experience. Disappointed children and a disappointed auntie. Will NEVER go back. I’d rather give my money to a company that cares about their clientele.

    Called early this AM, at 11am. Spoke to a pleasant girl who told me that the golf course stayed open until 9pm. That’s great. My niece and nephew, from out of state, had their heart set on going mini-golfing, and we knew that to get all aunts/uncles/grandma and grandpa together it had to be tonight, and relatively “late”. I left work early to ensure that i could participate… Imagine our “surprise” (i.e. frustration) when we get there and they’ve “just closed”… But that “normally they’re open until 10pm”…

    So we ask to speak to the manager… We can see that there are other people on the course still, so we believe that when she sees that we’re a large group ($52 large), and she hears that we’ve been told by two of her employees that they should still be open, that she’ll let us play… No dice. This absolutely vile woman, when she heard that the other employee had said that they were open until 10pm, gave the other girl such a glare… Oh, but then my brother mentioned that she’d said “normally open”, and this troll manager latched onto that like it was a lifeline… “we’re normally open until 10pm” she kept repeating over and over as if that was justification or excuse for closing at 7:30, in perfectly clear weather with moderate temperatures…

    Despite pleading and attempting to reason with this unreasonable woman, we all parted ways, thoroughly disgusted and, for the kids part, deflated. This was the one thing my niece wanted to do for her birthday. The one thing the manager did do was tell us that if we needed to play tonight we could go to Golf Quest, “just down the road”, in Southington. Thanks, vile woman, we’ll definitely be going there next time. You won’t ever see us or our money again. And you can be sure that I’ll tell EVERYONE I know about this. Horrible horrible horrible.

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