Marred by bird attacks, sand traps made from cost-cutting quicksand, and texting-induced cart accidents, golf has surpassed lava surfing and equestrian water polo in annual sports injuries. Solidify your short game in a safe indoor environment with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get $20 worth of indoor mini golf and Blue Bell ice cream at Scenic City MiniGolf, located downtown.
Scenic City MiniGolf serves up date-night delight and dessert-time delectables with challenging greens and tasty ice creams. Eighteen rolling holes puncture the indoor putt palace, which is open during periods of rain, shine, or shiny metal rain. Savvy shooters can lambada around the links to a mix of tunes, then take a bagged lunch break at a table near the turf. Swatting spheres gifts grown-up golfers a chance to practice for company-wide tournaments or hone rusty geometry skills for upcoming high-school-exam nightmares ($5 before 5 p.m., $7 after 5 p.m.). Kids ages 3–10 can hit holes-in-one for $5, and tike-size Tigers less than 3 years old can tromp the hardwood floors for free with a paying adult. Green-grazing groups of greater than 10 receive $1 off per person. Celebrate moments of triumph with two scoops of Blue Bell ice cream ($2.50) or a 20-ounce frosty milkshake flood ($4). Choose from a cornucopia of flavors, such as homemade vanilla, blackberry cobbler, success, and cookie dough.
Though Scenic City MiniGolf sometimes offers other discounts online, this Groupon still represents the best deal available.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press featured Scenic City MiniGolf:
- Hoping to provide a family-friendly atmosphere that also appeals to the college and young professional crowd, the group thinks Scenic City Mini Golf's downtown location is the perfect spot for what they offer. – Brittany Cofer, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Scenic City Mini Golf
Somewhere in the mountains of Chattanooga in 1928, Garnet Carter patented the first miniature golf course, inciting a nationwide pastime that brought families and friends together around pintsized putting surfaces.
Inspired by the local history and an indoor golf course visited while on vacation, Nathan Brown and his friends began fantasizing about their own miniature golf course, either building one in their hometown or patenting the first ever zero-gravity moon course. After tireless efforts and multiple failed rocket launches later, Scenic City Mini Golf opened its indoor greens in November 2010.
Dimpled balls roll along verdant turf that simulates real grass, while beige and blue turf mimic sand and water traps, adding strokes to scorecards for errant shots. Hole 14 requires golfers to double back and hit golf balls around, then beneath the hole's rough and toll troll, while hole 17's two-tier design draws shots into one of two preliminary holes before they can approach the green below. Pre- or postrounds, golfers can cool off with Blue Bell ice cream from the snack area, enjoying their frozen treats in a cone or as a milkshake, malt, or float.