One heck of a first day for #MiniInMaine! ... of course Tony is winning, but more on that later. The people and the courses have been amazing so far. We played eight rounds at seven locations, rolling into Maine from Boston and playing our way north to Auburn. Below are a couple of the best highlights of the first day.
Wells, Maine offers two incredible courses
We started off our trip by going to the Wells Beach Resort Campground and Wonder Mountain Fun Park. Both courses were creative and taken care of by people that genuinely care about the sport. The resort campground was especially of high quality - great little challenges throughout as it was designed by a former NASA engineer. A huge shoutout to Andy at Wonder Mountain, who let us play all 36 holes before the place was actually open. That course includes some unique, classic holes, and a mountain that provides fun challenges. If you only get to do one of their courses, we suggest Mountain Mania.
Schooner’s giant boat was a first for us
Donna and her husband run a great mini golf ship down in Saco at Schooner’s Miniature Golf as they live and work at the course, which features a giant boat for hole 11. It was a cool thing to see, and the slight movement of it offered a forgiving host to Mike as he won that round. They were great hosts for us, and that’s definitely a memorable course.
Tabers offers the best view with mini golf we’ve seen
Overlooking Lake Auburn, Tabers On the Lake is a restaurant and golf center that was an amazing final stop for us. We talked extensively with the course’s owner Dan, including getting some interesting behind-the-scenes looks at the business end of things. Dan and his wife revamped the course completely a couple years ago, and their passion for running a great business was obvious. If you go, definitely get yourself a double cheeseburger and the onion rings. They were both to die for.
Final notes on Day 1
Of course, Tony is winning. He slow played it, but kept within striking distance. Then he struck, winning the final round of the day by four strokes to take the lead. He’s one stroke ahead of Mike and six on Alex. His hope of going back-to-back-to-back-to-back is still alive.
More important than that, we have a new and better way for people to connect with us. Our Instagram story was a blast today, and we’re looking forward to keeping that going tomorrow as we hit two Gifford’s Ice Cream courses, hopefully get together with a reporter from WABI-TV5 in Bangor and of course, much more.
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The Mini Golf Guys explored Maine Indoor Karting, which has a neat indoor nine-hole course in its facility. Alex won that round, one of two rounds he won on the day.