27 January 2009

A golfing fantasy

Fantasia Gardens physically sits between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios and in the shadow of the Swan and Dolphin resorts. When it comes to attention, however, Fantasia Gardens rests in the middle of four of the world's most popular theme parks, two water parks, and a multitude of meticulously manicured and designed resorts. It is safe to say that, while offering an amazing golf experience, Fantasia Gardens is often overlooked due to the facts that there are countless other activities vying for guests' attention and a majority of guests have a miniature golf course near their own homes. Despite all of these preconceived notions, Fantasia Gardens offers an experience unlike any other on property.

Fantasia Gardens, A Golfing Fantasy, offers two courses, The Fairways Course and The Gardens Course. The Fairways Course is a standard golf course, complete with water hazards, sand traps, and impeding crests, that has been shrunk down to miniature golf size complete with a shrunken par of 61 for the course.

The Gardens Course, a 53 par course, “turns miniature golfing into a symphony of fun,” by including elements and characters from some of the major movements of Walt Disney's animated orchestral concert, Fantasia. Like most miniature golf courses, Fantasia Gardens' Gardens Course has trick pathways, obstacles, and holes that attempt to make the game a bit simpler for the novice golfer. Along the way, interactive elements, such as lighting, music, water effects, and animated statues make this a one-of-a-kind miniature golfing event.In addition to a unique miniature golfing experience, Fantasia Gardens offers something rare in the world of Walt Disney World, something for nothing. No, the round of golf is not free (18-holes for an adult currently runs $11.75, while children between ages 3 – 9 can putt around for $9.75), but you walk away with a free souvenir. All guests who complete their round, no matter their final score, will receive a Limited Edition golf ball. While the image printed on the golf balls change from time to time, in keeping with the tradition of 'Limited Edition,' it will always contain a Disney character posing somewhere along the course.Fantasia Gardens offers some great photographic opportunities. Even without a camera, the courses and their spirited figurines offer guests memories and laughs to last a lifetime.


eaf said...

Definitely one of my favorite things to do at WDW. Even though I'm terrible at it. (You did throw away that scorecard, right?!)

Princess Fee said...

This is one of my family's favourite things to do when having a break from the parks! Although, my dad and I are awfully competitive...