There's a lot of mini golf in Florida. In fact, without bothering to do any research into the question at all, I'm going to go ahead and speculate that there's more mini golf here than in any other state. Unfortunately, there is a certain sameness to most of it, with very little in the way of what you might call "funk." And, as a guy who spends most of his days-off photographing tourist traps, I find that slightly disappointing. Luckily, I recently uncovered a previously-unknown-to-me mini golf course right here in Orlando that has funkiness in spades. So that's nice.
It's located on I-drive. And by "on," I mean it has a toe-hold on I-drive. This is literally its entire frontage. Blink as you're driving by and you'll miss it. You might even miss it on foot.
Little gators out front. Kind of like how Congo River does. But that's where the similarities end.
There's one 18-hole course and a show(!) Note the cool murals on the *inside* of the ticket shack, so the employees will feel good about what they're selling.
Most mini golf places all have pretty much the same assortment of colored golf balls. But Gator Golf distinguishes itself in the respect, as well. Viva Canadia!
Incidentally, this golf ball was one of the things we sent monkeyoverlord71 as part of the "Bag O' Feces" that never arrived. :(
Smisty loves her dad. Behind her are the restrooms, which I only mentioned because...
...this picture is in the ladies room. (Um...photo by speedmetal. Ahem.)
Next to the restrooms, looking back towards the front, is this weirdness. (Apparently, Payless Shoe Source has a lot of water they need to get rid of.)
Note that the only way to get back to everything else is to walk on the green of hole 1. So if you're just there for the show, you pretty much have to interfere with the golf (if its busy).
I know this isn't the best photo, but just look at how random this is: Mini golf, fake rocks, wind chimes, a model ship, and a snake...in a mill.
"Dude, don't dis my wind chimes."
Hillbilly trompe l'oeil, a ship's wheel, and signage for a lazy river. I think I'm in love.
Yes, Gator Golf, be happy with what you are. Because you are marvelous.
"Go ahead, hit the ball in the water."
The gators made me miss. Oh, the shame.
Well, why wouldn't there be a giant pot there?
Don't even worry about the alligators; Japanese ghost winds will protect you.
And also there's turtles.
Mini golf here, big giant alligator there. His name is Doofy. I'm guessing that's to keep him in his place.
Some of the middle holes are slightly dull, thematically.
Still, they offer their own unique challenges.
If I have a complaint about this course, it's that there seem to be several water-features that have been abandoned or converted into planters or rock gardens.
Most of the greens are in great shape, though damage to this block of wood has made it impossible to use as a ramp.
Climbing up. Note the tub o' rocks.
This hole is weird. You putt hard underneath this thing, which flings you up onto the top, where you then roll off. Unless you're my ball, in which case you get stuck up there somehow. Plus, you know, birdhouses. And that black strap center screen? Why, that's for the roll-up door, of course.
I dunno, pick one.
But either way, you have to go down the rape stairs.
Oh, so that's where they go....!
I expect a big finish.
Hmmm, rocks in a building with graffiti-covered walls. Well, okay, but can we make it weirder?
Like, by being dumped unceremoniously into the driveway next door? Perfect!
I've actually been sitting on this update for a little while, because I really didn't feel like it would be complete without the Gator Adventure Show. Luckily, an opportunity to see that finally presented itself. So here you go.
Unfortunately, my better half couldn't be here for the show. Therefore, for the rest of this update, the part of Smisty shall be played by TPR member Andrew "Pufferfish" Singleton.
Hey, they added a fish tank!
Okay, on with the show. This guy comes out...
...drags a gator around by the tail...
...and then sits on him.
"Dude, I didn't know Ralph was gay!" - "Depends on how many beers he's had."
And then you can come sit on a gator yourself. (Although, I was all impressed by the guy until I saw that anyone can do it.)
Smisty really wanted to to sit on the gator (which isn't like her at all), but had to settle for petting a little one out front instead.
Hey, gator-sittin' on ain't free, ya know!
I had to stand on a fence to get this shot, but I think it was worth it.
So yeah, basically, Gator Golf is awesome and you should go there if you like mini golf that is awesome.
^^ I know. In this picture, is there seriously just an unguarded chain link fence between the patrons and a gator large enough to snack on annoying children? Not that I'm opposed, just making sure my eyes don't deceive me.
Oh, and you're still a comic genius in my book.
Displaying "Online Enthusiast Morality" since 2006, with 99.9% more sarcasm.
I see Erik is a mini-golf enthusaist. I can see it now...he will count the number of mini-golf credits and make a geeky sign for his 100th credit. He will create a website called www.minigolfreview.com. Then he will set up Club MGR (Mini-Golf Review) and arrange for discounts at various mini-golf places. Finally, he will have mini-golf trips to numerous countries. The trips will have ERT and backstage tours!
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