Miniature versions often present significant advantages—take, for instance, 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 golf games down to size or fine-tune baseball swings with today's Groupon: for $12, you get four 18-hole rounds of miniature golf or 24 batting-cage tokens at The Golf Dome in Chagrin Falls (up to a $24 value).
The Golf Dome's inventively landscaped course fits in a 20-foot waterfall and three winding streams, moving enough water to flood a large-scale model elf town up to its pointy ears. Golfers putting through the course must evade cleverly placed sand traps and endeavor to recall high-school physics lessons to calculate the right angle to roll the ball between geysers and over curving greens.
The batting cages at The Golf Dome churn out baseballs and softballs at speeds of up to 75 mph, although youngsters can comfortably hit grapefruits in the slow-pitch softball cages. Each batting-cage token garners 12 pitches, so with multiple pitching speeds and styles, parents can spend an afternoon passing along valuable diamond knowledge to the kids or get themselves into top physical shape for an upcoming high-society diamond heist.
The Golf Dome
A towering dome dedicated to golf practice looms over The Golf Dome’s multifaceted grounds, serving as the gravitational center of a facility dedicated to recreational golf and baseball practice. Inside the vaulted white roof, golfers stroke drives from one of 34 hitting bays at the indoor, two-tiered driving range, where distance-reading software flashes instant readouts of shot trajectory and the pain inflicted on each practice ball. The dome further facilitates climate-controlled clubbing with a putting and chipping area and Full Swing golf simulators, which allow golfers to play digital recreations of more than 30 of the world’s top courses.
Outside, a scenic, 20-foot waterfall draws players to the 18-hole miniature golf course, where contoured greens run between rocky outcrops, interrupted by water that comes into play on 14 holes. The din of sharply struck line drives echoes throughout the grounds, sonic evidence of the six adjacent batting cages, where players swing at high-arching softballs, baseballs hurled at up to 75 miles per hour, and tiny meteors raining from the sky.
8198 E Washington St.
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