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Baha Mar’s Mini Blue golf course is definitely not dull; a course not to be taken for granted  

Baha Mar’s Mini Blue Golf Course is definitely not dull; a course not to be taken for granted.

So, when I heard Baha Mar had introduced a mini golf course to its list of activations, my thoughts immediately turned to the putt-putt golf I used to play on dates with my hubby when on vacation – you know the one where you putted the golf ball into the clown’s mouth or the windmill, or the devil’s eye. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t entirely enthused about going out for a round of putt-putt, but I’m always up to take one for the team. And I’m glad I did.

I quickly realized that Mini Blue is unlike any of those putt-putt courses I had played in the past. It is in fact a professionally inspired 18-hole mini golf course.

I made my way to the Mini Blue Clubhouse to check in, arriving just ahead of my 4 p.m. tee time with hubby in tow to give it the old “college try”, because if I had to play a round, he had to “suffer” with me. And then there was the fact that it was really hot cause there’s no such thing as springtime in The Bahamas, so I was in a dress, and didn’t even have the most rudimentary of proper golf attire.

I honestly didn’t know if I would make it through 18 holes.

At the Mini Blue Clubhouse we were presented with a choice of two clubs – both putters, the mallet (chubby) or the regular putter which made me smile. I went with the regular putter simply because I figured it would be a lark. Actually, it was going to be a lark all around having to play the course with a putter, a club used to make relatively short and low-speed strokes with the intention of rolling the ball into the hole from a short distance away. God help me if I found myself in a hazard situation like the water, up against a bunker or playing through vegetation.

We were apprised of the rules by Mini Clubhouse staff, and sent on our way.

Rounding the clubhouse to hole number one, my first glimpse of the course left me awestruck. It was definitely unlike any putt-putt course I’d ever seen.

Baha Mar’s Mini Blue golf course, a professionally inspired 18-hole miniature gold course, the newest addition to Baha Mar’s amenities.

Laid out before me was a gorgeous, meandering course with trees, rocks, ponds, flower beds, sand traps and other natural elements.

We teed off at the par four hole one, which I parred to open the front nine and my hubby went two over, and had me dancing a jig, despite the heat. By the time we had played through the second hole, a par three, which we both went one over on and with me in the lead, I was forgetting about the heat, because a cooling breeze had begun to blow, and my competitive nature had kicked in. I wanted to win!

And then there was the realization that Baha Mar’s Mini Blue is in no shape, fashion or form like the gimmicky putt-putt courses I used to play. It was definitely not dull.

Mini Blue is not to be taken for granted. There are tricky holes, bendy turns, and unexpected bumps and rolls which maintained the adrenaline.

I absolutely love the par three fifth hole which is absolutely beautiful. And then there’s the face that I had to brave water hazards on both sides of the fairway and try to navigate getting past a bridge to get to the green. I approached the hole with the thought of wanting to chip the ball over all obstacles and getting it to hopefully rest on the green to keep me out of trouble with all the hazards; but alas, I only had a putter to my name. I ended up going one over on this hole, but as beautiful as it was, it’s a hole that also scared the bejesus out of me.

I continued the first nine holes either parring a hole or going one over, and feeling great generally, until I started the back nine. I literally bombed the par four number 10 hole, going five over, and couldn’t recover, while my hubby had a hole-in-one on the par three 11 hole, eagled, the 17th hole and parred at least another hole, and going one over on other holes, to outpace me for the remainder of the round.

I’m not going to share my final score, but suffice it to say I was bummed I was bested by my hubby, and was more than ready for a rematch as soon as we completed the 18th hole. We ended up having so much fun, I had forgotten about the heat by the end of the round.

Mini Blue proved to be a terrific date event. We were able to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, be socially distant from others on the course, and we were out in the open air.

It’s also an amazing option for families, teens, groups, and anyone who enjoys a little competitive fun.

For those people that have never played mini golf before, the object is to get the ball in the hole using the least number of strokes.

Mini Blue is open to all ages, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Baha Mar’s Mini Blue Golf Course is located by the resort’s sports court near the Racquet Club.

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Shavaughn Moss

Shavaughn Moss joined The Nassau Guardian as a sports reporter in 1989. She was later promoted to sports editor. Shavaughn covered every major athletic championship from the CARIFTA to Central American and Caribbean Championships through to World Championships and Olympics. Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.

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