The grand opening of the newest addition to Orlando’s mini-golf courses, Monster Mini-Golf, took place on Friday, July 24. The indoor course is located around 15 minutes north of the Magic Kingdom in the city of Winter Garden.
While the location may be a bit out of the way from your usual Orlando tourist attractions, Monster Mini-Golf still packs in plenty of excitement and fun into its 9,000-square-foot facility. It features 18 holes of uniquely-themed blacklight-filled miniature golf, a video arcade, and two ghoulishly-themed party rooms.
Overall, I highly recommend the Monster Mini-Golf experience. While the course’s footprint is relatively small, it is tightly-wound and offers interesting paths around each corner. The difficulty of each hole is just right, ranging from somewhat easy to fairly hard – but without frustration. Putting along strips of black carpet-like material rather than the usual greens adds extra flavor to the course. The numerous visuals found throughout the course layout are intriguing and often surprising. Players waiting for their turn won’t ever find themselves bored while letting their eyes wander from creature to creature.
If I had to find something negative to say about Monster Mini-Golf, it would be the selection and volume of the music playing throughout. I was expecting to hear a variety of spooky music (the Monster Mash, the theme song to Halloween, etc) while golfing. Instead, the playlist included of Madonna and Van Halen. Frightening to some, but in an entirely different way. There is a booth featuring a live DJ on the course, so the music may depend on who’s picking the tracks at the time.
The tunes were also cranked to 11 when I arrived, though they did turn the volume down a bit upon request. It was opening day and I have a feeling they’ll find the most comfortable and appropriate volume over time. In addition to playing music, the DJ also interacts with golfers, sometimes holding dance contests or giving out prizes. It’s a welcome addition to the usual mini-golf experience.
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Although Monster Mini-Golf is filled with, well, monsters, even the most timid visitors will find a good time there. Only a handful of the monsters are on the creepy side. The rest are rather playful. When I visited, I saw a number of elementary-school age kids having a blast.
But don’t take my word for it. See it for yourself in the video and pictures below.
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Visit monsterminigolf.com to find out more information about the course and its location.
UPDATE: May 15, 2012: This location has closed.