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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Meteornotes » Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:18 pm

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BarryH wrote:Also, I might have a lunch date at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City.


It's not customary to use the term 'date' for a family member. ;)


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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby disneyfan1313 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:06 pm

Great TR! It's funny - we have always talked about going to this, but have been warned away by people who have been because of how miserably crowded it is. It didn't seem that bad from your pics....was it?
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:58 pm

disneyfan1313 wrote:Great TR! It's funny - we have always talked about going to this, but have been warned away by people who have been because of how miserably crowded it is. It didn't seem that bad from your pics....was it?


We only went Sunday, and we thought it was a bit crowded. Getting the pie wasn't so bad, but once you had it, there weren't enough tables set up for everyone to sit down. (There was room for more tables, though--so hopefully they'll have more in the future.) Still, we had a good time and were happy we went.


BarryH wrote:I think I will take one for the team and do the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Also, I might have a lunch date at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. I should start "Barry's Unusual Experiences" and pick up on the stuff Erik misses. I have a lot of attractions where I live in SW Florida.


I would read such such a thread with much interest. The more the merrier, says I.

Speaking of which: Could a B&AS/E&SFO crossover be brewing? Hmmmm....
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:41 pm

As far as I can tell, the only mini golf in the Florida Keys is Boondocks in Ramrod Key. But it's not just a mini golf course, it's also a restaurant! We arranged things so that we could have dinner there and play the course on our way out from Key West. Just one small problem: the service we got at the restaurant was so ridiculously slow that we weren't able to start on the mini golf until dusk, and didn't get back on the road until dark--which had not been our plan.

Now, obviously, the service someone else receives might be different. And, indeed, there were people seated after us who were finished with their meals and gone before we'd even gotten our food. And this, no doubt, cast a pall over the entire experience. Still, I'll try to be as fair as I can with our review....
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The Boondocks mascot is a caveman, for some reason.
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As you drive in, the mini golf is on the left...
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And the restaurant is on the right. Like every restaurant in the keys, it's open-air.
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So, the waitress talked up a particular type of fish to Misty, but then told her they were out when she tried to order it. Okay. So she ordered a different type of fish, which unexpectedly came out as a fish sandwich.
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My burger was quite good, though. And it was what I ordered.
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You're not fooling me, Boondocks. I know a store-bought ice cream bar plopped down on a fancy plate when I see one.
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Attached to the restaurant is a gift shop.
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I like that they sell their own branded merchandise. But I hardly think there's anything here that would make one want to purchase it.
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On to the single 18-hole mini golf course. this was interesting: Instead of just handing you a golf ball, they give you a token which you use to get your ball out of a gumball machine. Pointless, but different and cool.
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On the other hand, somehow a simple ball return could result in a free game. Or you're supposed to just drop it in the bucket. Your guess is as good as mine, honestly.
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The course looks nice enough.
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Standard "adventure golf" style, but flags always add a touch of class.
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There was apparently some sort of special "glow golf" event scheduled for that evening, at least some of which was already set up. Honestly, it looked pretty silly.
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I liked the "rough" areas as well (though they're hardly anything unique).
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Starting to get dark now.
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A couple things of note in this shot: 1. the glow stick wrapped around the wooden pylon, and 2. the net on the left edge of the green, to be used if you accidentally hit your ball into the water.
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"Hello, I'm a caveman. That's different, right?"
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This hole was quite tricky. (Note Smisty over on the left, fetching the net.)
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Wait, what does a Buddha statue have to do with cavemen??
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Wow, a second round on the same course? How exciting!

Well, there you have it: Boondocks--standard mini golf with a few small flourishes and a questionable restaurant. I can't really say I'd recommend it--unless, of course, you're attempting to play every mini golf course in Florida. (But that would be crazy!)
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BeemerBoy » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:06 pm

Wait, is Buddha cradling a manatee?!?
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby traincrossin » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:40 pm

I've been to Boondocks before, but I don't remember it being that, um, suckish. The glow golf thing looks pretty stupid too. Still doesn't seem like an awful course.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Meteornotes » Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:41 pm

unless, of course, you're attempting to play every mini golf course in Florida


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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby speedmetal » Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:27 pm

This was the first course I've seen where you can buy alcohol. Maybe if you drink enough alcohol you won't notice when you lose your ball because it's too dark to see anything. :devil:

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Meteornotes » Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:11 pm

^Wait, you can play mini-golf AND drink?!? This gets better and better...

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:40 am

BeemerBoy wrote:Wait, is Buddha cradling a manatee?!?


Now that you mention it, yes.


speedmetal wrote:Maybe if you drink enough alcohol you won't notice when you lose your ball because it's too dark to see anything. :devil:


Right, forgot to mention that it was so dark by the end that Misty hit her ball lightly down the green and it disappeared. :p
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