Chula Vista – Wisconsin Dells, WI

2013-07-18 03.34.58

Played July 18, 2013

Reviewed by the Pink Putter

Part of the deal from the 60’s style motel that we stayed in at the Dells was “Fee waterpark tickets!” Upon check-in, we were handed day passes to Chula Vista, so on our way out of town we figured it’s free, why not stop by. As we should have expected, the park was small, underwhelming and crowded. But hey, you get what you pay for. We quickly tired of waiting in long lines for a 20 second thrill, so made our way to the nearly empty mini golf course.

Rating:

Par – This vaguely southwestern themed course is set in the middle of the water park, thus it’s surrounded by an array of water slides. The greens were clean and fairly well-maintained, but the play was just average. There were a handful of faux sand traps, water obstacles, and one or two holes with pipe play (that I can recall). The decor was slightly above average and consisted of faux rocks, bright blue water and storage sheds guised as adobo styled houses. However, it would have been more interesting if the adorning architecture was more directly linked to the play. On the afternoon that we played, it was very hot and sunny out and the course didn’t have any shady retreats or easily accessible drinking water. If you get into Chula Vista for free like we did, I’d say give the mini golf a shot. But the course costs $6.95 plus tax to play in addition to the waterpark’s regular $30 admission price, in which case I’d say pass this one up.

Ball and scorecard display.
Ball and scorecard display.
Panoramic view of the course.
Panoramic view, front of the course.
Hole 1.
Hole 1.
Panoramic view, inside the course.
Panoramic view, inside the course.
Impressive waterfall.
Impressive waterfall.
Straightforward hole with water slide in background.
Straightforward hole with water slide in background.
Pipe play.
Pipe play.

 

Mr. Tee poses in front of a mini house.
Mr. Tee poses in front of a mini house.
Dirty water trap.
Dirty water trap.
Curved and sloping hole.
Curved and sloping hole.
Mr. Tee chipping from the mulch.
Mr. Tee ready to dive in for a quick dip.
Knock, knock! Is anyone home?
Knock, knock! Is anyone home?

Pros:

-Themed with fun facades and nice landscaping.
-Clean and fairly well-maintained.
-Quiet, no long lines.

Cons:

-Average play.
-No access to shade or drinking water for hot days.
-Costs extra to play in addition to waterpark admission.

 

Chula Vista Mini Golf website

Nerdy Notes:

  • 18 holes, par ?
  • $6.95 plus tax for 18 holes, $9.95 plus tax for all day mini golf.
  • Rubber covered putters.
  • No flags in holes.
  • Some holes had tee-off mats, others didn’t.

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