Unlike miniature-horse racing or scaled-down swimming, which respectively involve shrinking ponies and cramming 12 swimmers into a lane-divided bathtub, mini golf is ethical and sanitary. Take a carefully coordinated swing at the stimulating sport with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get two 18-hole rounds of mini golf at one of Hawaiian Rumble's two Orlando locations or at Bonanza Golf & Gifts in Kissimmee (up to a $19.90 value).
Saving sultans of swing from the inevitable back injuries caused by giant golf courses and their corresponding clubs, these three mini courses offer the thrill of the sport without the creepily silent crowds. Bonanza’s rocky, winding swingscape pays homage to Old West mining towns, and Hawaiian Rumble’s putt-heavy challenges are set among a 50-foot volcano, oversized palm trees, ball-devouring waterfalls, and tiki heads that occasionally recite Knight Rider dialogue.
Today’s double-game deal is perfect for quintessentially American dates, which usually feature simulated volcanoes and the chance to romantically hover over a scorecard and whisper accusations of cheating. Couples looking to settle tiebreakers or try the whole thing again with a green ball are entitled to a same-day discount of $5 per person per 18 additional holes.
- The course is pretty sweet and the holes are not super-complicated, but are enough to keep you challenged. – Jeanette S., International Drive location, Yelp, 10/31/10
- Just a fun cheap afternoon out in a not so cheap area. – treearch, Kissimmee location, TripAdvisor
Hawaiian Rumble Golf
A 50-foot volcano towers above Hawaiian Rumble’s miniature-golf course, spouting rivulets of water and tears of obsolete caddies. Against this backdrop, golfers progress through 18 holes, traveling through caverns and across wobbly rope bridges draped in an apron of mist. Despite all of this treachery, the course gives players of all skill levels a chance at glory as the holes vary greatly in difficulty and variety.