Finally, you can beat your sports-nut relative at something.
For the purest, truest embodiment of the game’s appeal, head to the touristy main drag of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. Tucked between a snack bar and a lemonade stand is Allison’s Mini Golf, which dates to 1924 and is the nation’s oldest mini golf course in continuous operation. Even the layout hasn’t changed in 90 years.
The 18-hole course is quiet and shady, with planters full of flowers and, for a mid-round break, a gazebo tucked between two towering trees. No erupting volcanoes or animatronic pirates here, just well-kept greens and timeless obstacles: a loop-the-loop at one hole, dangling bowling pins guarding the path at another, and all manner of tough-to-read slopes and angles.
It’s good old-fashioned family fun, plain and simple, with prices that have, fittingly, stayed the same for a decade: $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for kids nine and under. The course itself is a family affair, with three generations of the Allison family—who bought the course in 1981—working here every summer.
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