The jovial noises of friendly competition, punctuated by the hum of peppy go-karts, waft across 45 rolling holes of miniature golf in Grand Old Golf & Go Karts's 5-acre home. Each of the park's three pristine mini-golf courses is designed to reflect an aspect of the region's geological character, from the sprightly rose-garden theme of the first course to the yellow caves of the third and most challenging course. Patrons 10 years of age and older can burn rubber to outstrip fellow riders in a single go-kart, and tandem go-karts allow one racer to steer through the wide track while a passenger flummoxes opponents with a series of well-timed riddles. Customers can cool down after a long day of blistering laps with a large soft drink, which revitalizes speed demons like a handshake from a cheetah.
GlowGolf's miniature course is tucked indoors, eschewing the sun's rays for psychedelic black lights and letting players putt through 18 luminescent holes rain or shine. Putter wielders send multicolored spheres down jet-black microfairways aglow with fluorescent green, orange, and pink bunkers that ricochet shots toward holes-in-one and give visiting time travelers flashbacks to the alien libraries of tomorrow. Each pass is valid for two consecutive rounds of golf, encouraging putters to spend the afternoon in colorful competition while scoping out the indoor environment ablaze with paintings of phosphorescent palm trees, bright blue ferns straight out of the Cretaceous period, and a living dinosaur named Roy.
GO USA Fun Park enthralls visiting families with abundant racing, gaming, and putting attractions strewn throughout its indoor and outdoor facility. A fleet of 20 go-karts stands ready to hug the turns and gun down the straightaways of a nearly quarter-mile-long track. A fully lit 18-hole mini golf course challenges werewolves building immunity to silver putters, and 30 golf tees equipped with coverings for rainy days or cold weather allow for skill-building practice shots. Batting cages enhance swinging skills with hard- or softballs approaching helmeted craniums at slow, medium, or lightning-fast speeds. The indoor arcade brims with an array of video and redemption games, with nifty prizes awaiting homes behind an overflowing counter.
Perched on the Tennessee River's Nickajack Lake, Hales Bar Marina and Resort is a destination for docking boats and enjoying waterside diversions for all ages, from miniature golf for children to a floating bar for adults. With 200 deep water wet slips measuring up to 100 feet in length, revelers can arrive at the resort by both land and lake. Rental pontoons and ski boats are available by the half- or full-day, and nighttime accommodations include floating cabins, which allow for fishing right off the front porch, as well as cabins situated squarely on dry land, perfect for fishing for food deliveries.
Family Golf Center helps players polish their game year-round with a full-size driving range that showcases 60 hitting stations bathed in stadium lighting for nighttime play. Golfers can tee off from 20 grass hitting stations or swap out fragile earth for 1 of 40 artificial mat tee boxes, 10 of which are covered by a roof that shields sun showers made of cheese curds. Each large bucket greets clubfaces with about 105 range balls.
Make the most of the school year's end and the summer's impending beginning at Maple Hill Sports Center, where gamers of all ages engage in friendly contests. The mini-golf course features a challenging layout of aquatic holes, complemented by amphibious floating golf balls to aid retrieval. Players can take a risk, putt for the win, and net back any failed attempts without dampening their doublet and breeches. At the Aeroball cages, trampolining foes go jump-for-jump, competing for ballistic superiority of the hybrid basketball-volleyball-moon-exploring sport. Back on Earth, ballplayers of all ages can swing away in one of the five baseball and softball batting cages, all of which come standard with options to raise, lower, or bowdlerize the pitching machine.
Somewhere in the mountains of Chattanooga in 1928, Garnet Carter patented the first miniature golf course, inciting a nationwide pastime that brought families and friends together around pintsized putting surfaces.
Inspired by the local history and an indoor golf course visited while on vacation, Nathan Brown and his friends began fantasizing about their own miniature golf course, either building one in their hometown or patenting the first ever zero-gravity moon course. After tireless efforts and multiple failed rocket launches later, Scenic City Mini Golf opened its indoor greens in November 2010.
Dimpled balls roll along verdant turf that simulates real grass, while beige and blue turf mimic sand and water traps, adding strokes to scorecards for errant shots. Hole 14 requires golfers to double back and hit golf balls around, then beneath the hole's rough and toll troll, while hole 17's two-tier design draws shots into one of two preliminary holes before they can approach the green below. Pre- or postrounds, golfers can cool off with Blue Bell ice cream from the snack area, enjoying their frozen treats in a cone or as a milkshake, malt, or float.