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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Things Around Town: Mini Putt - Fun for Everyone @ Citta Mall, Ara Damansara

Some time back in October last year, I was particularly stressed out. I was on study leave, studying for a CPA Australia paper that is well known for being one of our tougher papers to pass and at the same time work was critically piling up and emails flying back and forth while I was away on leave.

As such, I was looking forward to a few hour getaway from my books - a Saturday night date with Adam. :) We had stopped by Meeples European Boardgame Cafe in the evening to pick a board game up and as I waited for him to collect his game, I googled 'good food in subang jaya' in the car. To cut a long story short, I couldn't find anything I liked and in the end Adam suggested that we go to Citta Mall since we were already in Subang.

We've only been to Citta Mall once, for MeatWorks, and that's where we ended up revisiting for dinner. But dinner wasn't what I was excited about... it was actually a huge sign on the side of Citta Mall that advertised miniature golf!

A few months ago, I did some research on miniature golf for a project at work, and wondered why no one had done something similar in Malaysia. Well, now I have to wonder no more. :p

Mini Putt - Fun for Everyone is located on the first floor of Citta Mall (near the nursing/playrooms for new mothers and children), just one floor below Harvey Norman and is still relatively new, having only opened in July last year.

Miniature golf is well, a smaller, far easier version of golf. The modern version of the "sport" consists of a fun, kid-friendly golf course, getting them to hit the balls through small tunnels, tubes, bends, and mini sculptures.

Don't expect a lot from Mini Putt though - it really isn't big or fancy as compared to some of the impressive large-scale themed miniature golf courses available elsewhere in USA or Europe, but manages to fit a neat 18 hole game for adults and children alike, giving us a good hour of clean fun. :D

Mini pro golfers in the making!
The place was fairly busy for a Saturday night, consisting mainly of families with young children. The friendly man on duty gave us a quick run through, teaching us (well, more like just me) the techniques of gripping the golf club and off we went!

Adam was pretty good, clearing each hole quickly and waiting for me to finish patiently.

Some cute structures at the holes.

Mini Putt has some fun holes, with spinning windmills, gears with raised greens and structures, all to make it just that bit more fun for you. After a few one false start, I finally got into it and... before you know it, had caught up to Adam! :p

Oh, the pressure was ON. Game face alert!

One of my favourite holes was this simple one, where there was a raised mound with the hole right in the middle of it. Adam went first and whacked it too hard, so hard that it rolled up the mound and promptly flew out of the green. It took him four strokes (plus a penalty) as opposed to my two. Shows that sometimes you need a lady's grace instead of brute strength. HAHA.

This was also quite a fun one at Hole 14, albeit simple. Just hit the ball with just enough strength, and you'll send it through this yellow loop. Spotted the kids enjoying this one a lot.

Hole 17 was a real difficult one. There's a turning wheel, and you have to hit the ball so that one of its grooves picks it up, timing it to perfection. The wheel will bring your ball to the other side and plop it neatly into the hole. We both failed the first try, but Adam tak puas and went again... and though he didn't manage to get it on the wheel, it went under and was a hole-in-one! :D

Managed to catch it on video here:

Check out all the failed attempts.

The last hole 18 is quite a killer, and you only get one go at it. Anyone who hits the bulls-eye will get one free game from Mini Putt. Even the man behind the counter told us he hadn't cleared this final hole yet... and that the day we were there, two 7-year olds had already done it. 

You get to ring this bell too if you ace the final hole! #winningpride

Evidently, we didn't get to ring it.

There's also a waiting area for parents with ESPN showing and some memorabilia for sale from candies to Mini Putt tee shirts. Can drinks are available too for the thirsty, which we surprisingly were after our short game.

A traffic light at Hole 2
We do hope the course changes from time to time though and gets well-maintained, or else it could get boring and maybe look a tad run-down. However, we hear that the company behind this also designs indoor and outdoor mini golf courses so I'd say that's a pretty good indication that the holes will probably get upgraded in time to come.

My score... only lost to Adam by three strokes! Grrr.

We definitely found it a fun activity for a night out that's not heavy on the wallet, and had many a good laugh on the miniature golf course. Recommended for couples and families with young children. :) 

Mini Putt - Fun for Everyone | Facebook
Lot F-42A, 1st Floor, Citta Mall
No.1, Jalan PJU 1A/48,
PJU 1A, Ara Damansara,
47301, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: +6 03 7734 4417
Opening Hours: 11am-11pm
Rates: for one round 18-hole game
Adult - RM 15
Teens (13-17 years) - RM 10
Kids (5-12 years) - RM 8
(Special rates also apply for couples and ladies on certain nights, do check out their Facebook page for more information!)

*Full set of photos can be viewed here.

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