Played May 27, 2013
Reviewed by The Pink Putter
Vitense Golfland is like no miniature golf course we have ever played. It was recommended to us by our mini-golf loving friend, Chris Pennington, who is in the process of opening his own artist-designed mini-golf course in St. Paul, MN next year. Vitense was his childhood course, a place that has inspired him immensely and that he holds near and dear to his heart. Nestled in the outskirts of Madison, WI, Vitense is a midwest treasure. It consists of two outdoor courses, themed California and Wisconsin respectively and one indoor course, themed around the city of Madison. You can read all about the history of George Vitense and the course on their site’s About Page. Because this course is so unique, amazing and fun, each course has earned its own reviews along with a slew of photos and videos. I will begin with the California Course.
Hole-in-One – There is no way around it, Vitense is hands down one of the best courses we’ve ever played. Not only do its three courses provide hours of mini golf fun, but they do so in ways we’ve never seen before. Each course has a solid foundation of classic kitsch, a huge variety of challenging trick shots and obstacles and the ever important river that winds its way through the course providing a number of water hazards. But on top of all this, each course is also like a giant playground – for kids and adults. Playful elements like rock climbing walls, slides, mountains, playhouses, gliders and spinning wheels, just to name a few, are integrated into the landscape of the course, providing yet another level of interaction that brings the experience beyond just mini golf. The California course loosely references themes of Hollywood, from movie characters to landscaping. I do wonder how some of the decor fits into the theme, but ultimately it really doesn’t matter. The more bizarre the reference, the sillier it all looks and I like that.
Fun theme with amazing kitsch
A huge variety of obstacles of skill and chance
Slides, rockers, gliders, climbing walls and other silly interactive accoutrements
Some parts of the course appear worn out from age and weather.
- 18 holes, par 67
- No flags in holes.
- Rubber covered putters
- 18 holes for $7.75, 36 holes for $12.00, all 54 holes for $16.00
- Cafeteria, Driving Range and Pro Shop on site.