Putts Around

Hot spots for summertime fun, the Valley’s mini-golf courses offer challenging — and wacky — entertainment



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Overlook Golf & Recreation

Poughkeepsie
845-471-8515

A golfer’s paradise: All 18 holes on this lush 44-acre expanse, away from the hue and cry of Route 9, are small-scale replicas of holes at actual golf courses — seven local, the rest from across the country. The first hole, for example, is a truncated version of the 18th at historic Pebble Beach, complete with tree and aquatic vista. Overlook sounds like a real golf course, and it looks like one, too. The landscaping is country-club worthy. Its ponds, water traps, and waterfalls, a sight to see, are not just there for beautification; they are legitimate hazards, the sort of thing that makes Phil Mickelson mutter under his breath at the U.S. Open. “It’s a putting course more than a mini-golf course,” says owner and links enthusiast Bob Hines, who also cuts the grass and does the weeding.

Highlight: The replica of the 17th hole at Sawgrass, at which you have to putt across a foot-wide bridge or risk having your ball fall into the water trap.

Also: The complex offers a 40-station driving range, as well as batting cages and a go-cart track. You can also take lessons from the resident golf pro.

 

Next hole: Castle Fun Center in Chester

 

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