Played on September 20, 2014
Reviewed by Mr. Tee
Located across Highway 8 from the spectacular Franconia Sculpture Park and a mile or two from Taylors Falls is the Wildwood Campground. Driving by you may miss that they have a mini golf course but it’s not too far from the entrance. In fact, the only reason I knew it existed is because my family stayed here a few times when I was in middle school and high school. I couldn’t find any old pictures but I do remember the course and clubhouse looking quite different in the late 80s and 90s. I have fond memories of playing here after a day at Wild Mountain’s water park and alpine slide. Sadly, both Wild Mountain and the course have not managed to age well with time.
Sandtrap – This was a rough one. As you can see in the pictures below, the course is literally coming apart at the seams. It’s a pretty straight forward green turf and red landscaping brick design. The natural terrain is sloped and the layout actually incorporates the angles. A few of the holes are fairly challenging and at $2.50, you could do worse. Overall, it’s a dud. This place could easily be a solid Par course with maintenance and repair. As it stands, there are several options in the area that are a much better play and in far better shape.
Somewhat challenging play
Some creative hole placement and layout
Poorly maintained greens and obstacles
Course is falling apart
No kitsch or personality
- $2.50. 18 holes
- No par set for any of the holes or course but they do offer a scorecard
- You don’t need to stay at the campground to play the course
- Traditional golf putters with metal heads were available but we opted to use our own