Mini-golf is something I love to do. I have been reading a book called “The Happiness Project” and one of the things you are supposed to do is think about what you like to do for fun. Far too often we do things OTHERS think is fun but that we don’t particularly enjoy, say… cave dwelling. Thpppt
Something I do love to do is play mini-golf. I am really not very good at it because I do not play very often but I sure do love to play when I do make time for it. Growing up in Florida, for the most part, mini-golf is in almost every town and they are open year round. The weather is nice enough that this is just normal. When I moved to other places I discovered this was not the norm. In almost all of metro Seattle there are so few mini-golf places that I actually forgot to even look. Years after living there in a little slightly defunct mall they opened a Black Light Mini-Golf that Bill and I took Lex and her friends to and had a blast. I lost horribly but it was so much fun. Since then I have taken Bill to a few mini-golf places in Florida and we have a great deal of fun.
Upon arriving in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg we discovered there is a lot of mini-golf. As we drove around I would look at the different courses and try and determine which we liked so we could go play.
Today was our “down” day where we didn’t have much planned. We got up and went to the gym to do our half marathon training and then came home. After relaxing for a little and having lunch we decided to go catch some mini-golf. I had chosen the Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf in Gatlinburg because it had cute little cartoon creatures around the course that appealed to me.
Upon arriving the sky was turning a little grey but we decided to start playing and see what happened. The course includes 36 total holes. 18 in the Village Course and 18 holes in the Fort Crockett Course, as per our usually we decided to do both. The Village Course was supposed to be easier (so the lady at the register said) so we headed that way. The holes are scattered along a hillside that is built to look like a little town where cartoon animals live. There is a bear fishing, a skunk doing the laundry (which cracked me up), mice running the mill, crows just being annoying, gophers singing, etc.
We played through about 11 holes before the rain started. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect because due to our 3.7-mile run this morning we were starving. 7 more holes and we would have been gnawing on each other’s arms. We left out putters and balls and let the folks there know we would be back. We headed into Gatlinburg to find lunch.
Gatlinburg and parking is a bit of a headache. The parking is only $5 but it is annoying to have to pay it at all especially when I am already paying for lunch. We found a garage to park in finally and made our way over to Hard Rock Café. By the time we were done with lunch the rain had subsided but had left behind a good 95% humidity. It felt like we were walking in the clouds. We headed back over to finish our game. The last 7 holes in the Village were delightful including the skunk and the crows.
At the 18th hole if you hit it in the top hole you win a free game. We didn’t. We then headed over to the Fort Crockett Course. This course was fantastic. Balls dropping entire stories to the next floor down and balls being washed down river by water in a trough that went down at least 30 feet to the hole.
It was a blast and I would definitely recommend spending a few hours playing mini-golf for those that visit the area. I wish we were here another week so I could play a couple of the other courses but it will have to wait for our next visit.