Mini Golf face off in South Dakota

Whenever we are on our travels we always try and seek out the best mini/crazy/putt putt golf we can (Myrle Beach in South Carolina is the best area so far by the way). We put two courses in South Dakota to the test and rated them to see if they met our exacting mini golf standards!

Holy Terror Mini Golf
Keystone, South Dakota

COURSE SIZE: 18 holes (set on a hill)
WATER FEATURE: Yes, water tower and water wheel, double the fun! no course interaction.
FAKE CAVE: No!
COURSE CONDITION: Synthetic grass, clean, fast greens, holes in good condition
OUTSTANDING FEATURE: You can nearly see Mount Rushmore!...but not quite, Fantastic name (named after an old mine in the town). They also do some cool t-shits.

SCORE: 5
The holes on the hill slope so all balls end up in the same area


PIRATE'S COVE
Rapid City, South Dakota

COURSE SIZE: 18 holes (set on a hill)
WATER FEATURE: Yes, giant double waterfall with course interaction!
FAKE CAVE: Yes, complete with a pirate jail inside!
COURSE CONDITION: Synthetic grass, clean, fast greens, holes in good condition
OUTSTANDING FEATURE: Pirate trivia for each hole and pirate obsticles on the course + strung up plastic shark!

SCORE: 7
Well maintained with plenty of themed paraphernalia around the course


WINNER
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf

The US chain keeps its courses to a high standard and this is no exception - it would be nice to see a traditional windmill (the US doesn't seem to do the classic British addition, nuts!) Pirate's Cove would have scored higher if there was more obstacle interaction but it's great fun even if it is in a slightly bizarre area of Rapid City - in the parking lot of a giant Walmart's and near some well dodgy motels that look like they are straight from the 70's, the course itself is very family friendly though.