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Par-King Skill Golf Reviews
Glenview_momAugust 11, 2017
Clean location, everything functioning, newly painted. The staff was helpful. There's a large sign that said that spectators must stay off course. Lots of covered picnic benches. kids 10-12 had fun. more »
Jonathan MAugust 11, 2017
I absolutely love this course. Honestly, the design is beyond creative and really provides you with a sense of what themed mini golf courses should be. The theming and mechanical components play in wi... more »
Mike HAugust 10, 2017
Visited recently with another family from out of town. The four teens ages 16-18 played golf while the parents tried to watch. The cashier was blunt and direct. "Spectators shall sit outside while gol... more »
Elise PhillipsJune 11, 2017
This place was nothing short of amazing! Coolest mini golf place ever! Staff was amazing! Definitely have to come back!--Regarding the height requirement I appreciate it. By the time they are tall enough to go I feel they can appreciate it more and not be climbing on things and causing distractions/distribution to other players with all that pent up energy of being so young/little. It will give them something to look forward to as they get older. I've gone to other places where little ones runs on my course..disrupt my game..stay on their hole climbing on things not allowing me to play. As they get older they will appreciate how cool this place really is. Keep up the great work guys.
Stitch CookJuly 2, 2017
Would have loved to be able to review this when I first tried to go with my Dad years ago. My sister and I love mini golf and Dad was trying to take us to play, but author even checking our heights or ages (we were 9 and 13, and both well over 5 feet tall) they turned us away. What kind of mini golf place doesn't allow kids? You want a dearth of children? Go play real golf like an adult. Will never go and love that my now adult friends all make this place the butt of their jokes.
Robert MeyersJune 25, 2017
The atmosphere and charm of Par-King are reminiscent of how mini golf courses used to be. If you want to be transported to a time and place where you can match your skills against a moving target under a giant wooden toy soldier, this is a must place to come visit! This is only my second time to this course, because it takes me more than an hour or so just to get here from my home. It used to be on Dempster years ago. I remember going there as a young man, and have waited patiently for my own kids to be old enough and tall enough to enjoy this gem. I understand the disappointment of several of the reviews wanting to have their children play this course when they are younger, and I felt the same way when my kids were that size/age. But I saw first hand, this evening, why it is not a good idea. A younger girl had gotten away from her parent, after being allowed on the course, just to use the bathroom. The girl ran through several holes interfering with other players, and touching several of the moving obstacles with her hand. If she had put her hand in the wrong place, this could have resulted in an injury. There may be kids that are more mature than others at a certain age, but not all are that way. This is why we have an age for a driver's license, voting, and buying alcohol. Each has it's own reason for existing, just like the height requirement at an amusement park. It is there for a reason, like it or not. For those wanting to start younger kids on mini golf, there are several area courses with easier holes to get them used to the club and how to putt the greens. When they are older, and better at "the sport", they will appreciate Par-King a lot more and thank you for it. By the way, several of the old themed obstacles have been moved or recreated from the original location. My personal favorite from there, is the 12 foot long wooden roller coaster. You have to keep the ball going straight up a ramp and into an elevator. With some skill, and luck, you get to see your ball ride down the roller coaster. I actually got a hole in one on this one, when I was here a year or so ago. The staff are friendly and the manager really cares about the experience for all who visit their course. My wife and mother in law, we're unable to play for health reasons, but grandma enjoyed watching her grandsons play. The manager made sure they were comfortable and taken care of, even though they were not on the course. After finishing the round, I had a chance to talk to the manager, and thank him for such a wonderful time. You could tell by the way he explained about some of the mechanics of one of the obstacles, that he really had a pride in maintaining these special artifacts from a bygone era. There is a genuine feeling that the people that run Par-King really care and listen to your comments and reviews. Look down the list. Almost every review has a response comment or thank you by the owner. Not many reviews on Google, that I have seen or given, have gotten a response from anyone from the place reviewed. That is something special! Finally, if you are looking for something less cookie cutter and more unique in mini-golf, Par-King is for you. Go there while you still can. There aren't very many of these type of miniature golf courses left. Enjoy!
Peter MillerApril 9, 2017
I thought the course was neat in a retro sort of way, but rather small. What I was most disappointed with was the customer service. They expect a really fast speed of play and are not bashful about letting groups know that they need to play faster, which really dampens the enjoyment, particularly for a family playing together. Our group was asked to play "with more urgency" even though we weren't screwing around or being exceptionally pokey... we just had a couple of customers that just weren't very good and were getting several 5s and 6s. I just felt it was in very poor taste. When I discussed with the manager afterwards, he defended his decision to send his high-school aged staff member out to confront us, and made no apology for it. We won't be returning. It's pretty clear that they want an adult crowd only. You will likely glean that from the other reviews in which people either hate the height requirement since they can't bring their younger kids, or love it because of that very same reason - they just don't want to have kids around them while they focus on their mini-golf game apparently. But even if you have teens, I would definitely not recommend this place either. I just don't feel that they are welcome.
Scott BellJune 3, 2017
Well maintained course. Not much topography, more of a traditional flat obstacle type. Some gimmicks and challenges, but fairly straightforward, good for younger kids and groups of mixed ability.
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