Miniature Golfing at Village Greens
Ah, summer! The season for road construction. (There is no getting anywhere fast in Lancaster County in the summer.)
After a ten minute delay, we arrived in Strasburg at Village Greens to play a friendly round of mini-golf. We hadn’t even disembarked the vehicle when thunder started rumbling in the distance and dark clouds started piling up in the west. Ever the optimists, we decided to press on. As it turned out, the storm was all bark and no bite and didn’t interfere at all with our fun.
Village Greens has two courses. The smaller (and cheaper) Orange course is a traditional one with eighteen holes and pretty standard greens. The Gold course has twenty-three holes, is more beautifully landscaped, and is much harder. Did I mention it was more expensive? Of course we chose the harder, more expensive course. Thank goodness a practice green was provided so that we could hone our putting skills before getting down to business. We spent all of 30 seconds practicing. Everyone was chomping at the bit to get started.
This really is a lovely and well maintainted course. And the day was lovely, too. Not too hot or humid. I think we all enjoyed the round – except for Ace. After shooting a couple of six’s, he put on his Frownie Face and it stayed there the rest of the game. Around the 18th green, he stopped playing entirely, stating, with passion, that he hated miniature golf. Which will be true until the next time we decide to go. The Niece, on the other hand, hit a hole in one. Quite an accomplishment for the Gold course. There was much hooting and hollering – a right proper celebration for a hole in one. We spent a lot of time digging balls out of mulch beds and fishing them out of the water. We generously allowed free strokes on the especially difficult holes. And because it was a friendly game, we never did tally up the scores. (I’m pretty sure I won, though.)
After the game we headed over to House of Pizza for some soft ice cream. In the summer, they have raspberry soft-serve and it is delicious swirled with vanilla. Ace’s Frownie Face disappeared along with his strawberry sundae. (Food equals happiness in my family.) It was a classically cool and creamy way to end the outing.