Chapter 7: The Neek vs. The Rain

For those of you that live/have lived in Florida, and quite possibly for many others who have visited, you will know what I mean when I say Florida should not be called the “Sunshine State.” It should be called “The State-that-cannot-make-up-it’s-mind-on-many-things-such-as-weather State.”

For many days leading up to our date, it was raining- and not the typical Florida “Oh hey, I thought you could use a quick torrential downpour of water from the sky and then straight back to sun!” rain. No, that would be too easy.  It would rain for hours, then stop, then maybe a hint of sun, then rain, then just cloudy, then MORE RAIN.

For this reason, I had my preferred plan of starting off at the mini golf locations, and the backup plan of going bowling instead. Go me, right? Wellllll…..

About 2 hours before our date, the skies had cleared and the sun was shinning down like all the Florida postcards promise it does, so I chose mini golf.  I am now convinced, ladies and gentlemen that THIS is the sole purpose of Radar Maps: to foresee unfavorable date weather in advance before dragging your beautiful date halfway through a mini golf course. Oops.

Having successfully arrived at Congo River Golf with Christy, we began our game. We made it all the way to the 12th hole when the raining began. Quickly, we dashed up the next set up wooden stairs which, luckily enough, is at the highest point of the course, and is a covered pavilion with a nearby waterfall flowing just underneath us.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Rain falling, nice sheltered gazebo-type of structure overlooking a lush African-themed wilderness, I’m pretty sure we were hugging from the coldness despite it being summer… perfect opportunity to get my smooch on, right?

Not to Thomas. Instead, I believe my reaction was something along the lines of: “Oh hey! It’s almost stopped again! We should try to finish the course and stick to our schedule.”

Christy followed me down and we continued until around hole 14, which is when the real downpour commenced. Needless to say, we bolted along with all the other soaked mini golfers to the front desk, picked up a rain-check and headed off, wet clothes and all, to the next part of our date – foods!

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Critic Corner – Mini Golf – Hollywood Drive-In Golf #1

Why hello there! Critic Thomas here!  I would like to start off this review/critique portion of the blog by doing one on the Hollywood Drive-In Golf located in CityWalk underneath the walkways to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.  Hollywood Drive-In Golf is actually 2 separate 18 hole mini golf courses: Invaders from Planet Putt and The Haunting of Ghostly Greens.  There is the option to play 18 or all 36 holes.  This time I shall be going over the Invaders side.

Invaders from Planet Putt

Putt

The Hollywood Drive-In Golf is a newer mini golf facility built around March 2012.  It was developed by Adventure Golf Design & Development Inc. and is the only one of its kind as far as the internet (Google) knows.  Planet putt is a fairly easy course with par achievable most of the time

The Good:  The course has a lot of props and is fairly well lit at night. OOH! Also, on the second hole (I think it’s the second?), there are two hole options…aim for the one on the left as both Christy and I have gotten a hole in one!  The only hole that might give you trouble is the final one, especially if you need to get it in two to make par… no bitter feelings here AT ALL!  There is also a scavenger hunt with multiple  versions depending on which one you get.  (We have had different hunts for the Haunting side so I assume there are different ones for Planet.)

The Bad:  Sometimes there can possibly be drunk people from CityWalk playing before you and have no idea what they are doing. Also, since it is located in CityWalk the only place to park is in the Universal Parking Garages, and unless you have an annual pass, could be one heck of a pricy round of mini golf.

Ratings!

I very much like the Invaders side and would rate it 9/10.  -T

Christy’s rating: 9/10


To learn more about this course, prices, hours, location, moon phase preferences etc… visit:
http://hollywooddriveingolf.com/