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386 State Rd.
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

(508) 693-2611

 

Cost: $6

Par: 44

 

Difficulty: 7

Creativity: 2

Atmosphere: 6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

If youíre going to Marthaís Vineyard you have to play this course, if for no other reason than the fact that itís the only miniature golf on Marthaís Vineyard.Thatís not to say that this is a bad course, itís just that it can be so much better given its location and the endless themes it presents.

 

The course itself is well maintained, but has some layout problems.The first seven or so holes are incredibly squished together, while the rest of the course tends to have more room around it.Because of this we saw large amounts of congestion at the beginning that slowly spread out later in the course.The flowers and plants are in good places as they still add to the beauty of the course without encroaching on the holes.One of the ponds on the course also features a couple dozen goldfish that are fun to watch while youíre waiting your turn.The course is also primarily designed for right-handers as the left-handed person in our group found it was hard to hit a lot of shots, even teeing off, because of the way the holes and the land around them were designed.The 11th hole (a split level hole) also lacks a good stairway to get between the levels.One either has to go down the rocks between the levels or walk down the slope of mulch, which isnít much safer.The course does have some difficult sections, forcing you to place your first putt accurately or face a challenge to get par.However, the holes donít have too many new or interesting ideas in them.

 

The course is definitely worth playing if youíre going to be on the Island for any period of time, but definitely donít make a special trip on the ferry for it.Also, try to play the course in early in the morning as well to avoid the bunches of people during that first squished part of the course.

 

2003 Update

 

We played this course again on the opening day of their 2003 season.Most of the water wasnít yet working and the landscaping still had to be finished, but the course itself remained in good condition.Everything seemed the same from our first trip here, except for the free game chance.Depending on what hole you got a hole-in-one on the course, you had to pick a numbered ball out of a bucket and if the ball match the hole you aced, you won a free game.It was similar to the one of the wheels we saw at a Pirateís Cove, but different enough to be add some flavor to the course.

 

Visitor Review #1

Visitor Review #2

 

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Visitor Review #2 (2006)

 

Cost: $6

Par: 44

 

Difficulty: 6

Creativity: 6

Atmosphere: 10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

I strongly disagree with the anonymous reviewer who gave the course all ones. My family stays at Martha's Vineyard every year in the summer, and one of our annual activities is always a round of mini-golf at Island Cove. The atmosphere is great - a lot of fun, and if you come at night there are cool colored lights and music. The cave course is lots of fun and being so close to the waterfalls was really neat; great for little kids even if it's not so original. The staff is great and very

understanding and friendly, and the holes range from difficult to easy, so there's a hole for everyone. The pars are appropriate as well. Last but not least the scenery is absolutely beautiful! It's a great family course.

 

Reviewed by: Anonymous

Reviewed in: 2006

 

Visitor Review #1 (2003)

Cost: $6

Par: 44

 

Difficulty: 6

Creativity: 6

Atmosphere: 10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

I VERY MUCH disagree with the review that was given to island cove mini golf. I brought my three children there, and it was absolutely the best thing to do on the island, it takes up a good amount of time to distract the kids, and the atmosphere is excellent, the employees are great, and very much in tune with each costumer. Of course there were some minor flaws to the holes, but it was great for putput golf. No one except the pros would notice it. I HIGHLY recommend this course if youare staying on the island, and it is worth the ferry ride over if you are staying on the cape. You could spend the whole day there and never get bored. They have a grill that serves lunch and dinner, great snack foods and creative ice creams to go along. They have a climbing wall, which is a must, and the location is excellent, it is right next to a grocery store, and there is a takeout place down the street. Donít listen to the Putting Penguin, it is a great course.

 

Reviewed by: Anonymous

Reviewed in: 2003

 

Anonymous Review Notes (2005)

 

Difficulty: 1

Creativity: 1

Atmosphere: 1

 

Boring, boring, boring!No imagination, course too small, no anticipation of the next hole.

 

Reviewed by: Anonymous

Reviewed in: 2005