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Mini-golf course on the way to Universal Orlando Resort?

By Robert Niles
Published: April 21, 2011 at 3:03 PM
A tipster tells me that Universal Orlando is working on an adventure mini golf course, which would be built just west of the CityWalk theaters, in between the theaters and Universal Boulevard.

A permit application (ENG2011-00237) for site work to prepare for the course is in the pipeline in the City of Orlando's planning office. (At least it was when I searched the office's online database today.) The designer of the course appears to be Adventure Golf Design & Development of Traverse City, Michigan. They're the folks behind the Congo Golf courses you might have seen around Central Florida.

No word on when construction might begin, or when the course would open.

Thoughts?

Update, May 11: Confirmed, with details.

Readers' Opinions

From Jack Curley on April 21, 2011 at 3:21 PM
I've always thought that the only thing missing from Central Florida was mini golf. Bravo to the ideas of these ground-breaking pioneers!
From Robert Niles on April 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM
Heh. :^)
From Michael Owen on April 21, 2011 at 3:42 PM
Nice for the those who are staying on property at Universal, but unless they get their pricing right then it's going to be hard for them to attract anyone else.

Why pay a premium to play at Universal when there's course aplenty on International Drive a few minutes away?

Still, further additions to the resort are always welcome.

From Andy Milio on April 21, 2011 at 5:11 PM
Playing golf based on movies? :P EPIC :)
From Terri Pierce on April 21, 2011 at 5:14 PM
I'm down. I love me some mini golf!
From Hermione Potter on April 21, 2011 at 8:28 PM
"in between the theaters and universal blvd." Do you have a picture where you can point out where exactly? I can't visualize where exactly it would go.
Update: Okay, I just looked it up on google maps (wasn't loading before) and that is a really small area! Is this for real or is this like Orlando Thrill Park - looks good on paper, never gonna happen?
From James Koehl on April 21, 2011 at 8:23 PM
Hey, they stole my idea! I proposed a miniature golf course as part of my hotel for Universal Orlando in Theme Park Apprentice 2. Maybe they do read our proposals for ideas! No, really, it could happen...I think.....maybe...uh....
From Robert Niles on April 21, 2011 at 8:36 PM
Hermione,

It's a site work plan, so it's possible that part of the site plan is some relocation or prep work to accommodate the course. What I was able to find showing placing of the course was pretty rough but seemed to indicate that it might go under the walkway to the parking garages and extend down Universal Blvd a bit. Is that possible? I have to say I haven't paid that much attention to that specific location on my trips to Universal Orlando.

From chris cona on April 21, 2011 at 9:15 PM
who cares in Flordia it's way to hot to go mini golfing anyway. I honestly never went to the two in Disney I probaly never will. They should put the course near the resorts not at the city walk because when guests come back from the rides the kids can play mini while the parents take showers and get change for later on activites. At the city walk there are to many things to do and I don't see adults playing mini golf either unless they have kids.
From 82.9.115.58 on April 22, 2011 at 3:38 AM
Andy Milio, why do you always think that Universal is about 'riding the movies'? We are not in the 1990s anymore.

Universal Orlando is a premier resort destination, not just a Universal Studios theme park living on the reputation of Jaws, E.T. Adventure, Kongfrontation, and Back to the Future (thank goodness).

What has IOA got to do with riding the movies? Nothing at all, really. What has Hard Rock Hotel, or Portofino Bay, or Royal Pacific Resort got to do with riding the movies?

Why on earth would a mini golf course need to be themed to the movies? If anything, it will be themed to a geographical region of the world, such as Africa, or Japan, which will give UO Resort guests something else to do complimentary of their hotel key card.

From Brian Emery on April 22, 2011 at 7:44 AM
This is the most exciting thing I have ever heard of... Playing Mini golf in the HOT Florida sun… This is better than WWOHP… I am booking a Tee time right now…
From Annette Hatch on April 22, 2011 at 3:48 PM
Yea ANOTHER mini-golf course! Because there isn't one on every block in Orlando. Sorry, I love mini-golf but couldn't resist. Well, there is plenty of land (oddly enough)and a Universal style course would be pretty cool. Maybe they can incorporate that into one of the City Walk all inclusive passes. Would be handy not to have to try to park on I-Drive just to do mini-golf
From Kathy Barr on April 23, 2011 at 10:46 AM
Mini golf all the way. Not enough courses around.
From 70.119.220.175 on April 23, 2011 at 4:55 PM
Wow not much love for mini golf...
I say why not? It just expands Citywalk's entertainment options. I'm sure Uni will do a great job on it as well.
If you don't want to play it, you don't have to.
From Dominick -_- on April 25, 2011 at 6:56 AM
I think that a mini-golf course would be a great idea in Universal! Each course can be based on an awarding winning or blockbuster movie!

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