Miniature versions often present significant advantages—take the TV version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, the running time of which perfectly matches the average time between sour gummy worm cravings. Shrink your golf game down to size with today's Groupon: for $14, you get one round of mini golf for two people, 30 game tokens, and two sodas at Golfland. This Groupon is good at four locations, including Castro Valley, Milpitas, San Jose, and Sunnyvale (up to $28.50 value).
The glee tycoons at Golfland have been enthralling families with live-action and mechanical mirth stations for more than 50 years. Make a caddy finally feel equal by treating him or her to 18 holes of shrunken links at the mini-golf courses (up to $8.50 value per adult, prices vary by location). Each putt-putt challenge winds and dazzles, with obstacles, elevation changes, and surprises, so as to ensure an unpredictable scorecard. Mini golf is one of those sports, such as competitive bug catching, that athletes of all ages and skill level can enjoy, making it ideal for families, friends, or romantic duos.
After a rousing round, pop into their clean indoor facilities to claim two refreshing soft drinks to pour on your head ($2 value each), redeem the 30 game tokens ($0.25 each), and lay your paws upon a treasure trove of arcade favorites and ticket-dispensing skill games. Games such as Tekken 6 BR, Street Fighter IV, Deal or No Deal, and Haunted Mansion, enable gamers to hone essential virtual kickboxing skills, while providing kinship to lonely coin slots. After raking in the tickets, redeem the paper currency for array of take-home prizes, including candy, toys, and life-sized William Howard Taft marionettes.
Golfland debuted its first putt-putt green in 1953 and has since expanded to seven locations across California and Arizona. Each location features one to three 18-hole courses, replete with colorful castles, windmills, and fountains. After navigating the obstacle-filled fairways, guests can try their hands at an array of arcade games, whether felling foes in fighting games, stocking up on tickets to win prizes, or following the spellbinding plotline of a pinball game. At the San Jose location, visitors can cool off in the warmer months with a trip down parallel outdoor waterslides.
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