There's a famous scene in Happy Gilmore, where 'Chubbs', Happy's golf teacher, tells him to go to his "happy place." It is a trip to the mini golf course which drastically improves Happy's short game and the catalyst for his triumph in the movie.
Playing mini golf has become my "happy place" and with the school holidays fast approaching I set out to review the top five mini golf courses in Adelaide.
Number one is Dunes Mini Golf in Victor Harbor. Set on the idyllic Victor Harbor beachfront overlooking Granite Island, Dunes Mini Golf is the only place I've been to which gives you a certificate for every hole in one you achieve. It is the little things which make the experience worthwhile.
I left from the experience feeling an overwhelming sense of success and achievement, as I returned home with not one but two certificates to my name. I stuck them proudly on the fridge.
Dunes Mini Golf has a Victor Harbor theme, with the whale the most prominent feature of the 18 hole course. My favourite hole is number three where a player is required to putt underneath a whale and hope they have the right direction and speed to earn a certificate. Some of us just have what it takes.
Number two is the The Beach House mini golf course at Glenelg. I'm a traditionalist and it took me a while to warm to the Beach House. After all, Magic Mountain was the cornerstone of my childhood. To replace the beautiful rock formation with a fancy house was like demolishing my childhood memories. Once you get past the hurt and bitterness of this new attraction, you can learn to appreciate what the Beach House has to offer.
The mini golf course has a railway theme and a train which travels through. A tranquil water feature relaxes the most stressed out golfers and the course has the right balance between challenging holes and easy ones. The 18th hole is virtually impossible not to get a hole in one on. A certificate at the end may have put this course into number one contention.
Number three and we travel back to Victor Harbor to Greenhills Adventure Park . The simple course is well set out and tests your patience with uphill and downhill putts. The highlight of this course is the talking cockatoo. It seems the cockatoo is like a sponge and when you let out a profanity after a bad shot, the cockatoo repeats it.
Number four is West Beach Mini Golf. The man at the counter was the friendliest mini golf attendant I have ever met and the coffees there are to die for. It is on this course that I learnt the art of geometry.
Finally number five is Semaphore Water Slide Complex. Their mini golf course is the perfect place to dry off after the water slides and the view is breathtaking. Many may not realise that the King of rock-n-roll Elvis Presley was filmed on the historic ferris-wheel for the 1964 movie 'Roustabout.'
Now that you have read my top five mini golf courses, it's time to get out of the house during these school holidays and find your "happy place".
Hi Paul, Not sure if you have received a message from me before but as the proprietor of Barossa Bowland + mini golf I would like to know what the problem was with our mini golf that we did not get a mention. Especially where we have had people from all around Australia that have come here and said it is the best course anywhere in the country yet alone S.A. I look forward to hearing back from you regarding this, cheers Ken