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 $15, you get a miniature-golf outing for two (up to a $13.50 value) with eight batting-cage sessions (a $10 value) and two rounds of Bankshot Basketball (a $6 value) at Lancaster Golf Center (up to a $29.50 total value) in Lancaster.
Lancaster Golf Center pits putters against a realistic 18-hole miniature-golf course before tossing players into nine batting cages and an 18-station Bankshot Basketball course. A duo of golfers can traverse newly installed turf, propelling dimpled spheres past water hazards, bunkers, and doglegs on the par 72 miniature golf course, which challenges club-wielders with holes modeled after famous courses such as Doral and Pebble Beach. Don a protective helmet to deflect the stitched stares of baseballs hurtling through one of the nine batting cages. During each round, sluggers can adjust their machine to pitch 14 balls at varying speeds, helping to hone accuracy and discourage the natural tendency to redirect baseballs with mindpower. Complete the recreational trifecta with Bankshot Basketball, an 18-station obstacle course where players must bank shots off backboards that are curved, angled, or guarded by a middle-school basketball team.
Lancaster Golf Center
The famous fairways at Doral, Sawgrass, and Pebble Beach that make avid golfers salivate are assembled in one place at Lancaster Golf Center, though with one key difference—they’re in miniature. The lilliputian course eschews the windmills and lava pits of normal mini-golf links for smaller replicas of full-sized bunkers and water hazards. Nearby, the center’s driving range challenges golfers to take more forceful swings. Its 78 hitting stations unfurl both natural grass and artificial turf, and there is cover and heating for winter practice as well as illumination for night or when everyone is wearing really dark sunglasses. The practice area also boasts an 8,500-square-foot putting green, a chipping area, and a sand bunker.
Golfers start keeping score at Lancaster's nine-hole executive course, especially at its fifth, sixth, and seventh holes, which compose an Amen Corner that claims 526 of the course’s 1,057 yards. Before trekking across the fairways, players can hone their form during lessons with teaching professionals Dennis Lanciani and Jim Cronin, who boast more than 43 years of combined experience teaching golfers not to illegally attach wings to their balls. As the instructors offer advice, students’ children can entertain themselves at nine batting cages or with bank-shot basketball. Before heading home, visitors of all ages can enjoy a frozen treat from the center's stock of Richardson’s Ice Cream.