In This Post: Our untypical Father’s Day this year was spent mini golfing at Caddie Shak Pittsburgh, and it turned out to be a fun day surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Golf and I have a bit of a history.
It was all my dad wanted to do when I was younger. Every year when the weather got warm out, I’d roll my pre-teen eyes and brace myself because I knew golf season was here. I knew we’d be in for a good handful of arguments, too, because the more he wanted to golf, the less I wanted to do it. Apparently I had talent or something? I’m not just talking mini golf; I’m talking weekends spent on the real golf course. I hated how my hand smelled after wearing that stupid glove. I hated that one year, my Easter present was a set of golf clubs (not what I wanted). I hated how it took FOREVERRRRR for it to be over. And now that he’s gone, I’d do absolutely anything to chat with my dad over a round of golf (I’d even appreciate the smelly glove and I’d graciously accept new clubs if they were from him – I’d probably use them to kill the spiders in my house instead of for golfing, but that’s beside the point).
It’s funny how we can come to miss things we one despised, isn’t it? It’s a reminder to stop and soak up the things right in front of you, because you never really know what you’re going to miss (even small, simple things) down the road.
It took me quite a few years before I was even open to mini golf again. While you probably won’t find me on a golf course anytime soon, I do value that mini golf is something Shaun and I can enjoy together. I mostly let him win on purpose (????) because he’s cranky when he loses. Every time we go, I can feel a little piece of my dad there with me. Fittingly, we took this little adventure to Caddie Shak in Laurel Highlands (just a short drive from Pittsburgh) on Father’s Day. I’m never quite sure what emotions Father’s Day will bring on for me, so I always like to plan a distraction. Going mini golfing was a nice way to honor him while also giving myself permission to have fun and enjoy life.
I was quite impressed with the landscape of Caddie Shak – especially their newer mini golf course. Look at how pretty all those waterfalls are! I’ll hand it over to Shaun from here so he can tell you a bit more about our day.
While I don’t have a deep, meaningful golf history, mini golf is something I’ve enjoyed since I can remember. Every time my family would go on vacation when I was younger, the thing I’d look forward to the most was all of the new mini golf courses I’d get to try out with my older brother. As Allyn mentioned, I get cranky when I lose, and I won’t deny that. However, I will place some of that blame on my older brother, because he’s even more competitive than I am. Luckily, I beat Allyn almost every time we play, so that’s not usually an issue (and, no, don’t believe her: she doesn’t let me win).
This wasn’t my first Caddie Shak experience, but it’s probably been close to ten years since I’ve been there. It felt like a lot had changed, but that could also be attributed to my memory being fuzzy about what it actually looked like the last time I was there. Regardless, it looked beautiful and well-maintained. They have two mini golf courses (among other things, such as water slides, bounce houses, and go-kart tracks), but we only played through one. We chose the more scenic course because it looked more fun and photogenic. The waterfalls, rock formations, and bridges were a great touch that added a unique feel to this particular mini golf experience.
As for the day itself, it turned out to be gorgeous. Allyn might say it was a bit too hot, but that’s close to impossible for me. Allyn talked about it being Father’s Day and how she never knows what emotions it will bring up, and I’m in the same boat. Our stories are different, but the result is the same in that it’s not a day that either of us look forward to. So, for me, mini golf was a great distraction. Caddie Shak is also located on the mountain near Seven Springs, so there’s a lot of pretty scenery to observe on the drive there to keep your mind occupied.
No, Father’s Day is not a day that either of us are found of, but it hasn’t turned out so bad the last few years due to us planning to spend the day together doing some sort of activity. It works out well for both of us, and I’m proud of both of our efforts to stay out of our own heads and enjoy what’s happening in the present.