Played July 26, 2017
Reviewed by The Pink Putter
After a road trip halfway across the country, Mr. Tee and I spent a few days back in the Lehigh Valley visiting my childhood friends and some family. We decided to do a day trip up to the Pocono Mountains, an area near the Delaware Water Gap dotted with resorts, skiing, waterparks, campgrounds and hiking. It’s a popular getaway destination for a lot of New Yorkers. Naturally, where one can find resorts, one can also find mini golf. However, it appears that the heyday of the Poconos has come and gone, as a lot of places were quiet and rundown, a lot different from my childhood memories.
Par – We stumbled upon Pocono Family Mini Golf and Go-Karts on our drive through the mountains. Welcomed by a dizzying barrage of witty text and sarcastic signage, we knew this place was a unique destination. The mini golf itself was a bit run down and dated. It consisted of a handful of classic Lomma Golf obstacles and some retrofitted upgrades like a rocket ship and a race car. Old school fiberglass characters like a bunny and Humpty Dumpty embellished to course. While the game play and course was about average, the place certainly had a one-of-a-kind personality. We had the privilege of getting to meet and chat with the owner, who indeed made all of the signs himself. I got the sense that he had a lot of trouble with rude New Yorkers. He told us that he worked with local students to design and rebuild parts of the course and that he had a passion for old mechanical rides and amusements. But owning a mini golf course in a dying resort area like the Poconos is hard and he had the property up for sale as a turn key business.
Retro vibe with classic kitsch and game play
Witty and over the top signage add unique personality to the place
Go-Karts and Paintball on premise
Dated course with some maintenance and upkeep issues
- $6 to play, children under 46″ are $3, children under 36″ are free
- Rubber covered putters, no flags in holes
- Mini Golf opened in 2012