On Saturday, riknos and I had planned to have dinner and go see Guardians of the Galaxy. The night didn’t pan out as planned because Vue Cinema in Reading decided that 1 month was long enough and have now significantly cut how many showings they wanted to do. Instead we played a round of Jurassic mini golf they’ve set up for the spring/summer outside the Oracle Riverside in Reading.
When Rik told me how cheap it was too play,it sounded way too low. As we approached the ticket counter, we asked how long it usually took to play through [as we did not want to eat dinner TOO late] - to which the nice man at the counter replied “For you Pro’s : 5 minutes. On average? 15! Give or take a bit depending on the people in front of you..” THAT seemed way too short. I then realized it was only 9 holes…I’m use to double that!
As we made our way onto the course for our turn, we approached the hole and I first noticed that something didn’t seem right…It took me a brief second but I figured it out - there was no designated space to stand and put your ball down [also known as a space to tee-off from]. Once the ball was placed down and I stepped onto the “green” - I saw that term loosely because this was even low quality for fake stuff - I then saw that it was uneven. The hole that the ball goes into was about an inch deep and some didn’t even have a cup [it literally just went down onto the mat underneath the board the hole had been set up on]. Beyond that, some of the holes were just insane! It was as if somebody said “Where could we place this that NOBODY has done before that would give the player a challenge!? Where can we place it that only 1 in 100 people could get it in on par?!”.
It got to be pretty hilarious after about 5 minutes [about halfway through]. I said to my husband “is this what all mini golf courses are like over here??? Because I am not use to this at all!”. He then assured me that it wasn’t this was just a temporary pop-up course so I needed to lower my expectations.
Fair point. At the end of the day, we had a good laugh. As we waited for the people in front of us to play, I went back and re-played about 3 holes to try and better my score - there was only one group of people behind us and they were doing the same. We got to hang out with some cool dinos and each other for once without other’s around AND the t-rex moved, nearly whacking Rik in the head as we stood near him. Plus the last hole looked like the Millennium Falcon! Needless to say, we were not the experts counter man thought we were.
Moral of the story? There isn’t one..but I now am convinced the England is just shit at mini golf. [I now keep my expectations low until proven otherwise] :p