Universal Orlando opens its mini-golf courses at City Walk

Posted Friday, March 16, 2012 9:57 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Universal Orlando has hit a hole in one with its new miniature golf addition to CityWalk -- Hollywood Drive-In Golf. The courses are easily some of the best in Orlando. The two 18-hole courses officially opened this week. One, Invaders from Planet Putt, follows the style of a 1950s science fiction film. The second, The Haunting of Ghostly Greens, is themed after a classic drive-in theater monster movie.

Read more and see photos from WESH/Orlando.

Friday, March 16, 2012 9:58 AM

That is completely awesome. Sign me up. I want to play!

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Friday, March 16, 2012 11:04 AM

I'm a bit of a mini-golf connoisseur. I hope I get to play these courses someday, especially the monster movie-themed one.

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Friday, March 16, 2012 11:37 AM

I prefer the real golf courses that actually take athletic ability and skill. There are a lot of those in Florida also. It's always enjoyable to walk and get some exercise on those. I just wish that my score would reflect that sometimes. lol.

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Friday, March 16, 2012 1:24 PM

The pictures and videos that I've seen have me excited to check this out. With any luck I'll be doing it tomorrow sometime.

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Friday, March 16, 2012 1:41 PM

We'll hit at least one of these this June, I'm guessing.

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Friday, March 16, 2012 1:56 PM

I'll be making my inaugural visit to BGT and USH/IoA the second week of May. Will definitely have to add these courses to the list!

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Friday, March 16, 2012 2:50 PM

Some of my best childhood memories were playing as a very small child, and I look forward to doing the same with my boy in a couple of years. I think this is also something that City Walk definitely needed, because the entire family can get involved.

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Friday, March 16, 2012 2:52 PM

Its cute, but it feels weird that a part of it is under the (humongous) entrance walkway. I absolutely suck at golf and I feel like I suck even more that people can watch from above.

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Friday, March 16, 2012 3:05 PM

The great thing about mini golf is that you don't have to be good. Most people suck.

At golf.

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Friday, March 16, 2012 3:09 PM

Mimi-golf always sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun. Then I start playing and having a good time, but by hole 12 or 13 I'm wishing it was over with.

Happens every time.

I need to find a 9-hole mini-golf place.

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Friday, March 16, 2012 3:22 PM

I've been watching for this to open. It looks fantastic. It seems a little short though. I was wondering how they were going to fit all of that in the empty pace under the walking bridge.

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Friday, March 16, 2012 3:57 PM

Lord Gonchar said:


I need to find a 9-hole mini-golf place.

There's one in Bayonne where I live. Not particularly challenging or scenic, but it's better than the one at Rye Playland (if that's still there.)

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Friday, March 16, 2012 4:37 PM

I only go play mini golf to see the hoochies. ;)

Last edited by LostKause, Friday, March 16, 2012 4:37 PM
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Friday, March 16, 2012 10:03 PM

My non-scientific walk by observations tell you all, should you choose to golf, you will be the first. Remarkably unvisited thus far.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012 12:01 AM

Well, we're squished between Mardi Gras and spring break, so I would think it's not busy.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012 2:51 PM

Mini-golf always sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun. Then I start playing and having a good time, but by hole 12 or 13 I'm wishing it was over with.

This happens to me too. It is even worse when you have to wait at EVERY hole. There has to be a play-through up-charge potential...:)


The same thing happens on those zipline courses. They always look fun...by the end you are just trying to stay awake.

Last edited by Aamilj, Saturday, March 17, 2012 2:51 PM
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Saturday, March 17, 2012 3:35 PM

I'm with you guys on the mini-golf (I mostly play for my kids, unless the course is *really* interesting), but the zipline course I did in Alaska was up there as one of the best vacation activities of all time. That's probably largely due to the setting, which was stunning.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012 4:02 PM

The setting definitely matters. We had a morale event at my last job at a mini-course at a country club, up in the hills overlooking Seattle. It was incredible, and not just because of the free beer.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012 4:30 PM

Jeff said:
Well, we're squished between Mardi Gras and spring break, so I would think it's not busy.

It's been very busy in all the Orlando parks, hasn't really slowed down in 2012 yet. Don't get me wrong, the course looks awesome, just haven't seen anyone playing yet, could be my time of day as well (afternoon/early evening.)

Heading in to throw beads at Universal's Mardi Gras tonight and will take a look then.

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