Summer Fun in the Hudson Valley 2011



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Mini-Golf, Big Fun

Sure, long drives with your nine-iron look cool, but who really wants to walk 150 yards to hit the next shot (or worse, dig through the ferns to see where the first one landed)? For those who prefer putt-putt to divots, we’ve got the answer: miniature golf. Not only are there tons of fun obstacles (fire-breathing dragons, aliens) for your neon-hued orb to bounce and bobble around, but every type of amenity — snack bars, arcades, the occasional 13-foot garden gnome — is well within reach. Is your swing a little sub-par, even for mini-golf? Not to fear: Some of these courses offer real golf tips from the pros, in case you’re determined to make it past the green (and the gnomes).

Castle Fun Center
Chester. 845-469-2116
The aforementioned fire-breathing “dragon” resides here, along with an alligator (not alive, no worries) as part of two 18-hole courses. It also boasts eateries, laser-tag, rock climbing, go-cart racing, and batting cages.

Fun Central
Wappingers Falls. 845-297-1010
The name says it all: This is the center of all things fun. After taking a stab at the 18-hole course, ride the bumper boats and try the virtual reality coaster; play at the arcade and batting cages; and nosh on some grub at the snack bar.

GloPutt Mini Golf
Blauvelt. 845-358-GAME
Glow-in-the-dark. ’Nuff said.

Kelder’s Farm & Homegrown Mini Golf
Kerhonkson. 845-626-7137
Dubbed “Gnome on the Grange” (featuring Gnome Chomsky, formerly the world’s largest garden gnome), this 10-hole farm-cum-golf course offers snacks right on the green; all fruits and veggies that grow alongside it are yours for the tasting.

Monster Mini-Golf
Middletown. 845-342-4653
Players yell “Boo!” instead of “Fore!” at this monstrous franchise, which showcases scary, out-of-this-world creatures as part of its décor. Participate in contests for “giant prizes” or party it up in one of the two recreation rooms.

Overlook Golf & Recreation
Poughkeepsie. 845-471-8515
Less mini-golf and more golfing-in-the-miniature, you’ll feel like you’re really playing at Sawgrass (only on a smaller scale). Check out the driving range and even take lessons.

Yummies Ice Cream & Mini Golf Café
Highland. 845-691-2645
All-around fun for the family, hit a few holes, challenge friends to a board game, or sing karaoke.

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