Gastrau’s Golf Center

Review written by Mister Mini Golf

Oakcreek, Wisconsin

$5.00 for a round of 18

Ranking: Bogey

The first course review and sadly the course was somewhat of a dud. As Missus and I walked up to the shack to get our colored spheres of awesomeness, no one was there. Also the shack was filled with scraps and rubbish from the course. We questioned whether it was open at all. (Fortunately, I phoned ahead and a nice little old lady told me it was) we saw the sign that said a different price than what was online and were initially a little frustrated as we trekked back across the parking lot to the clubhouse to get our scorecards and golf balls. No price was listed inside but they said $5 each which was lower than we had encountered so it brought our spirits back up. We traveled back to the course and began our round. Our round is described below:

The entrance to the course
Some pricing and some junk (and a hunk)
Various putters left to wear down to the elements
Overview of the course

Hole 1

So it begins…hole one a short hole with a somewhat hidden cup to the left. A flag sticks out indicating the start of the round. The Missus had a nice shot just past the cup while I was unfortunately stopped short on some mulch that had spread to the green. Not a good start for me. The Missus takes an early lead.


 

Hole 1
Hole 2

A tree blocks the vision of the hole and seems like it is beckoning us to putt with outstretched arms. The Missus takes the path to the left but sits at a valley behind the tree. This is my chance at a comeback. I also went to the left but hit too hard and came back down towards the right side. Chalk another one up for the Missus.


 

Hole 2

Hole 3

On hole 3 we were both disappointed by the lack of the available water play that we could clearly see would have been an option. Instead it caused us to both avoid the back edge to avoid the unfortunate Out of Play result. The Missus played a little too light an got stuck in the bunker crevice which caused a slew of problems for her. With a lot a luck and maybe a pinch of actual skill, I managed a hole-in-one by bouncing off the rock where the ball would have rolled out from the water play had it been flowing. A much needed ace for this guy.

 

Hole 3
Hole 4

Similar to hole 3, this hole had no back edge to what we can only assume would be for the water. Unlike the previous hole this one did not have what was expected as water play. Plus, a shot hit too hard may have ended you in a nasty pond which would have been game over. The Missus being smarter than I, learned from her error from the prior hole and putted a deuce. I, on the other hand went straight over the edge thus gaining a penalty stroke and lucky to not end up as a swamp creature. My score did not reflect the same fortune.

 

Hole 4
Hole 5

A pretty straight shot with some bumps. It was imperative we avoid yet another nasty water trap. We both ended up quite close to the hole actually which was a sigh of relief.

Hole 5

Hole 6

A fairly steep incline greeted us on hole 6. With a chance to land in yet another gross pond Missus had to change her shot which did not work in favor with ending quite low on the green…

Hole 6

Hole 7

A pretty straight shot with a slight decline to the left. A shot hit too hard would result in a dirty swim.

Hole 7

Hole 8

Probably the most confusing hole design on this course. The path to the right is not even possible (maybe there was a bridge there at one point). Again, with a similar design that a too hard of a shot ends in the drink, the course was feeling rather repetitive.

Hole 8

Hole 9

A twist and a turn to get to the hole. More difficult than it looks. The stones caused some wicked angles. The Missus was lucky enough to get a nice lie to go under the turn. I got stuck in the turn. I appreciate that we had some variety at this point and no risk to go into the water.

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Hole 9

Hole 10

The upper road and lower road to choose from. I took the upper and the Missus took the lower. As the scores state, the choice made no difference for the two of us. Fortunately, we didn’t end in the drink.

Hole 10

Hole 11

The green sloped down to the left towards the hole. A ring of rocks and dirt acted as an obstacle. The Missus made it down the slope while I bounced over the rocks and near the cup.

Hole 11

Hole 12

A pretty straightforward shot. The hole did contain some slopes and hills but it made no difference to me as my ball sank into the cup on shot one. It must have shocked the Missus greatly, as she chalked up a four. I think the golf ball statue was good luck for me anyway.

Hole 12

Hole 13

Just when we thought we could escape the nasty water, the course brought us back to it. Since the hole was so close to the edge, we had to take turns guarding each others shots. The play also suffered because we both had to hit light.

Hole 13

Hole 14

Although this hole would have lead to the rock bed with an ill-placed shot, it did not seem likely to end in the pool at the end. None-the-less, this hole was rather challenging due to the little bit of flat green by the hole. This space lead to careful play which we both had succeeded with low scores.

Hole 14

Hole 15

This hole had two paths, one around the rocks and to the back or a bounce off the rocks. I chose the latter while the Missus went with the former. I can say I was fortunate to get a lucky bounce which probably lead to my lower score.

Hole 15

Hole 16

By far my favorite hole of this course. Two choices, one path to the right which risked ending up in a pit. The path to the left was a skill shot via pipe play. It was clear that the skill shot was worth it with me scoring a two and the path to the right was quite a pain for the Missus with her scoring a five.

Hole 16

Hole 17

An uphill shot with some rocks or stair bounce play as the hole was up to the left. Otherwise, not too exciting.

Hole 17

Hole 18

The final hole! The flag was nice was a nice touch as it was on the first hole. Really helps with lining up the shot. The path to the right didn’t make much sense as it dropped in to the path of water doom. It was very far away from where the hole was so it didn’t make much sense with the design. Also, the ball had to be returned to the clubhouse which was inconvenient.

Hole 18

WINNER:

Mister Mini Golf

Found the practice Green now after finishing the game. Wasn’t that obvious at the start. because it looked like it belonged to a different hole.

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