Pirate’s Quest Mini Golf – Indianapolis, IN

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Played on October 14th, 2015

Reviewed by the Pink Putter

The third mini golf stop of our fall Indy trip was Pirate’s Quest (formerly Pirate’s Cove), part of the Royal Pin Leisure Center that was tucked in the back of a parking lot behind a strip mall. This mega-entertainment complex includes a giant bowling alley, laser tag, an up-to-date arcade and two outdoor mini golf courses. We only played one of the two courses, but from what we could tell they were comparable. We also played in the late fall, so all of the water features had been shut off and dried out which slightly affected the overall ambience.

Rating:

Birdie – This course had above average immersive theming and fun, varied game play. On a whole, the courses were clean and well-maintained. Bridges traversed over large water areas (unfortunately empty due to the season) lined with fake palm trees, but I could imagine the course in all its summer glory and it really made me feel like I was part of a seaside village. Fun obstacles like hills, miniature buildings, strategically placed rocks and secret passages added to the pirate narrative. I think we had the most fun on the 18th hole which collects your ball and on the giant skill crane inside the arcade (see videos below).

Front entrance
Front entrance
Colorful ball display
Colorful ball display
Red Beard course start
Red Beard course start
Black Beard course start
Black Beard course start
Dried up water feature
Dried up water feature
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Parking lot putting
Empty water area with lookout fort
Empty water area with lookout fort
More elaborate facades
More elaborate facades
Rock obstacles
Rock obstacles
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White Whale Inn secret passageway

Scorecard snippets
Scorecard snippets

Pirate’s Quest Website

Pros:

Immersive and detailed pirate theming
Fun, somewhat varied game play
Two Courses to choose from
Other entertainment amenities on site

Cons:

Lacked a unique personality

Nerdy Notes:

  • Two courses, each 18 holes, Par 36
  • Rubber covered putters
  • No flags in holes
  • 18th hole collects balls
  • Adults, $6.50; 12 and under, $5.50; 6 and under, $4.90
  • Group and Party rates available

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