Of Pars, Pinot Noir, Bogeys and Barolo

sport-3268447_1920As a wine lover who also happens to be a mini-golf aficionado, I am embarrassed to say that I was not aware of the Sonoma Family Fun Center with its mini-golf course and arcade — which recently re-opened with social distancing in place.

The course theming includes replicas of two well-known structures in Sonoma, California: the City Hall and the Sonoma Mission. You’ll also find a replica grape crusher on the course.

To view pictures of the 18 holes, click here. 

As if a visit to wine country didn’t already represent the best possible type of vacation, it just got even better with this discovery. I can now imagine visiting tasting rooms all day, working up an appetite with a round of mini-golf, and then enjoying dinner at one of the area’s fine restaurants.

This “discovery” got me wondering what other wine and mini-golf experiences I might be missing, so I did a little research. Check out just a smidgen of what I found…

  • Henry Estate Winery in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley has a mini-golf course on the grounds, often used for children’s birthday parties.
  • Sawyer’s Creek is located along the banks of the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Mo. There, you’ll find a Fun Park that includes a mini-golf course, and a wine shop where you may purchases wine by the glass or bottle.
  • In Finger Lakes Wine Country, Eldridge Park is home to a Mark Twain-themed mini-golf course that features a different Twain quote adjacent to each hole. Nearby, more than a hundred wineries, breweries and distilleries greet guests.

If you haven’t played mini-golf in a while… or even if you have… make time to get in a round or two the next time you visit wine country. Chances are good there’s a course nearby. Ask a local, and you may just find a gem like the Sonoma Family Fun Center.

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