Date played: 5/18/19
Weather Conditions: Clear with a slight breeze
Played with: Isabelle and Alan
Course Par: 47
Final Score: Me – 54, Isabelle – 57, Alan – 64
|Overall:||(4 / 5)|
|Putting Surface:||(4 / 5)|
|Ice Cream:||(0 / 5)|
|Handicap Accessible:||(0 / 5)|
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We finally had some decent weather and I was excited to hit the mini-golf course! I’ve played both courses at Kimball Farm in Westford, MA in the past, but this is first time playing either for the blog.
I’ve always liked playing here because the courses are relatively clean and they’re well-kept. This year was no different.
They also have great waterfall features and unless you hit really wild (Alan, Isabelle, I’m looking at you!) the course is set up with appropriate gates and other blocks to prevent losing your ball in the water.
Overall, Forbidden Mine was a great course, though not handicap accessible. The Waterfall Run course claims to be ADA compliant. I’ll play that one in the future and let you know my thoughts.
If you’re playing with anyone who has mobility issues – even if they don’t require a cane, wheelchair, or other assistive devices, I would think about playing either the Waterfall Run course or somewhere else.
There are A LOT of stairs on Forbidden Mine – a lot. That might be okay if they all had railings, but holes 3, 4, 7, 9, and 13 don’t have them.
On top of that, there’s a place in the course that requires you to walk across rocks to cross the artificial stream. If you’re able bodied, it’s not a problem. But anyone who’s unsteady on their feet may have trouble.
Another nit, the score cards don’t list the pars for each hole, so if you care about that sort of thing, you have to make a note of it at each hole. And there really isn’t an ideal place for it. The score cards have a lovely sketch of the facility on them, but it makes it hard to read anything written in pencil outside the place for writing scores.
Final trouble spot, hole 16 abuts a beautiful hardscaped waterfall. However, the putting area gets really wet and soggy.
There are also spots throughout the walking area of the Forbidden Mine course that are wet from similar features. Not a huge deal, but may pose a problem for folks who slip easily or simply don’t want to get wet.
Still, it’s a well-kept, fun course with enough challenges to keep it interesting. There were a couple that Alan and Isabelle really struggled with, but there were also plenty of less challenging ones so they still had fun and didn’t spend the whole time frustrated. It’s a good balance of tough holes and easier ones.
One last thing, I didn’t have the ice cream, but I can tell you from previous visits that they make their own and it’s pretty darn awesome!