Forced to cut its cultural budget or face a total loss of its nation's heritage, Scottish Parliament settled on miniaturizing golf—a fortunate last-minute substitute for miniaturizing kilts. Celebrate the Scots' pared-down pastime with today's Groupon: for $8, you get a mini golf package at Barnyard Swing Miniature Golf in Cooperstown (up to an $18.43 total value). This Groupon expires September 25, 2011. The package includes:
- 18 holes of miniature golf (up to a $6 value)
- Indoor and outdoor Wild West–themed laser tag (a $4 value)
- Gemstone panning (a $6 value)
- Ice-cream cone (a $2.43 value)
Barnyard Swing Mini Golf's 18-hole mini golf course and indoor-outdoor laser-tag game send cheers of jovial competition wafting across a water sluice for gemstone mining and faux barn loaded with frozen treats. Putters step up to the landscaped course to aim shots through drop-down holes, navigate the curves of a rickety watermill with turning wheel, and avoid the distractions of squirrel hecklers. Following the game, golfers strap on their imaginary spurs for a 25-minute laser-tag battle. Cowboys and cowgirls chase each other through the Western-themed indoor and outdoor battlegrounds, aiming harmless light beams towards each other while romping as joyfully as a tumbleweed off its leash.
Good-natured warriors then draw a truce and settle on the banks of a water sluice to choose a bag of mining ore and slowly pan for riches with a screen-bottom box. Letting the gemstone-enriched ore sift through the screen, miners lower the box into the sluice and watch colorful stones appear from the muck with the vibrant magnificence of a peacock emerging from a cocoon. Following the dig, customers celebrate their riches with an ice-cream cone in the dairy barn.