North Shore 9 at Adventure Zone – Duluth, MN

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Played October 17, 2014

Reviewed by Mr. Tee

The North Shore of Lake Superior is a popular tourist destination especially during the Fall months. The view of the majestic lake coupled with the array of colors bursting from the tree line and pleasant weather draw people from across Minnesota and the rest of the world. It’s lovely and worth your effort to check it out sometime. I try to get up there at least every two years. Bob Dylan, northern Minnesota’s most famous export, even name checked the the highway that most of the attractions reside on one of his most famous albums. The Pink Putter and I decided to take a day off of work to take in the sights and on the way up, we took a stop-off in Duluth to check out the mini golf options. It seemed fitting that the only course open was inspired by a former golf course that “was designed and built in the in the late 1800’s, along with Skyline Drive and the Incline Railway” on the North Shore. And they had skill cranes and so how could we say no?

Rating:

Par – The idea behind the theme of the course was good in theory but the reality missed the mark. Adventure Zone tried to hide the tall walls and to create an immersive environment within the larger entertainment center but the way they skinned the walls was quite odd. The scenes were so absurd that it could be funny in an ironic way if it was executed better. You can see the pictures below to get a better sense of what I’m talking about. The actual play featured numerous common tropes like lighthouses and loops with a fairly wide variety of play. None of the holes were very challenging or long but were fun nonetheless. We would have liked more for more holes on the course but $3 isn’t too shabby for some fun. For those not familiar with Duluth, it gets absurdly cold in the winter so having an indoor mini golf option is nice.

Continue on for more photos!

 

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Short history lesson on the North Shore and theme of the course

 

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View from Hole 1

 

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Hole 1 with the Duluth harbor skinned on the wall behind Mr. Tee
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Marker for Hole 4 was a little mangled. This hole did have tiered pipe play and was more challenging than expected.
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The Pink Putter wasn’t super pleased with her play and was eager to hit up the skill cranes and skee ball.

 

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One of the funnier wall images

 

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Oh boy! The light post cover was held on by duct tape.

 

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And the lighthouse was not set in stone. You can also see some water damage to the turf from the nearby fountain.

 

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Something fun about putting with a carrousel and bouncy castle nearby

 

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More leakage from the fountain on to the course and “sandtrap”. We weren’t clear whether there was a penalty for landing in the non-green putting areas.

 

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Snowplow shovel shot

 

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Finishing up at the 9th hole

 

North Shore 9 Website

Pros:

Cheap (only $3)
Attempt at regional theme
Variety of play on a short course

Cons:

Wall skinning looks tacky
Several holes could use maintenance

Nerdy Notes:

  • 9 Holes, Par 20.
  • $3
  • Rubber covered putters, variety of ball colors
  • Flags in all of the holes

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