Wednesday, September 14, 2011

World of Golf

I've always been a sucker for some good miniature golf.

Sheila here. We always called it putt-putt in my family, and the game created some great childhood memories for me and my brother. Some elaborate mini golf course was always one of the activities on vacation in Myrtle Beach. There's just something so much fun for a kid about picking out a brightly colored golf ball, grabbing a club that's just your size, and hitting a course marked with mountains, fountains, tunnels, and yes, a windmill.

World of Golf in Florence is the home of a really fun mini golf course. It was recently renovated with a design by Harris Miniature Golf Courses, Inc. The World of Golf website says, "Harris has designed and built miniature golf courses for over 50 years and is seen as the expert in mini golf construction across the United States and the world. Courses built by Harris are designed to be beautiful and to provide a fun-filled family experience."

I can attest to that. My friend Amy and I spent a beautiful Saturday morning with our kids breathing fresh air and putt-putting. Well, Amy and I caught up while the kids golfed. It was my son Eric's first time at a mini golf course. He and Amy's son Ryan (they're 4 and 3, respectively) actually raked or swept their golf balls into the holes more than golfing, but they had a great time, and they got so excited when their balls went in. Ryan's big brother Colin got a bit frustrated at times with the younger guys and his sister Katherine COMPLETELY ignoring the rules (that's a big brother for you), but he had fun too. He was pretty good at it, and of course, he won. The mini golf course is a little like a mini tour of the Bluegrass State. The Florence Y'all water tower is on the final hole, Derby horses with jockeys on board ride around another hole, and you can hit your ball through Big Bone Lick mammoth tusks and Kentucky bourbon barrels.

I was so impressed with everything about the World of Golf facility. The staff there is so nice, the indoor training facility looks top notch, and the food at the snack bar is really good! We got sandwiches and pizza, and it was all delicious. They make fresh when you order, the hot dogs and slices of pizza the kids got were huge, and my chicken sandwich came with what appeared to be a fresh baked bun. Yummy! You can also find a regulation golf course and a driving range for older duffers, and you can take lessons there. My friend Amy told me it has a really nice pro shop too.

It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning, and Eric wants to go back soon! You can learn more about World of Golf at

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