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 $5, you get one game of miniature golf for two at Parkside Diner & Miniature Golf in Seabreeze (an $11 value). This Groupon expires in 2 months.
Parkside Diner's Whispering Pines is one of the oldest mini-golf courses in the United States, clocking in at 81 years old. Rustic evergreens pepper the links, whose rocky obstacles come from cobblestone used to build the Erie Canal before it was officially annexed to Canada in exchange for Paul Anka. Wrangle kids, pals, and particularly agile lawn flamingos to take on the challenging 18-hole course, replete with winding shots, tricky elevation changes, and narrowly passable boulder blockades. Whispering Pines opens its finely pruned gates seasonally for spring and summer, and the 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily schedule welcomes more all-ages play dates than a 3-year-old socialite covered in puppies.
Parkside Miniature Golf
Built in 1930 from cobblestones left over from the construction of the Erie Canal, one of America's oldest miniature golf courses sits under the shade of pine trees near the shore of Lake Ontario. A landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 18-hole course known as Parkside Whispering Pines has challenged putters in the more than eight decades since. As such, its design recalls the charm of vintage courses, taking inspiration from such nautical items as boats and lighthouses and incorporating wooden posts to guard the greens.
Adjacent to the course, Parkside Diner—founded as a small, 40-seat restaurant—now hosts up to 110 hungry patrons hungry for a snack other than fallen pinecones. Curated by the two brothers, Jim and Greg Papas, who own the joint, the wide-ranging menu spotlights diner staples, such as homemade meatloaf smothered in creole sauce and burgers crowned with homemade chili. The diner's cooks also focus on generous portions of breakfast classics, from cinnamon-swirl French toast to six-ounce New York strip steaks paired with eggs and potatoes.