Played May 31, 2013
Reviewed by the Pink Putter
Growing up in the Lehigh Valley, I figured I had played most of the mini golf within an hour’s driving radius. Having played Sittler’s on more than one occasion, I thought I knew what the Reading area had to offer, but on our drive out to Lancaster for the wedding, we discovered two more courses, Genetti’s and Gasser’s. We stopped at Genetti’s and to our dismay they were closed, despite the fact that their website told us otherwise. We tried calling and knocking on the door multiple times, but no go. Instead of wasting anymore time there, we moved on to Gasser’s, a picturesque driving range with a cozy, rustic mini golf course tucked in the corner.
Par – Like Heisler’s Dairy, Gasser’s is another impeccably maintained course with immaculate landscaping, water features, bridges and lovely vistas (perhaps this is a Pennsylvania thing). The layout of the course was compressed into a small corner of the property, elevated above and overlooking the vast driving range. We found the play to be average, consisting of many large rock obstacles, sand traps, water hazards, and twists and turns in the greens. There were a couple minor thematic touches, limited to a miniature water mill, some goofy tree faces and wooden fencing. We chose a lovely afternoon to play, as the course was quiet and the sun was shining brightly. However this, in combination with the lush landscaping, led to me periodically running from large yellow jackets throughout the course. Other than that, Gasser’s proved to be a worthy stop on our way to the rehearsal dinner in Lancaster.