Hollywood Drive-In Golf is the latest entertainment addition to Universal CityWalk. With two 18-hole miniature golf courses showcasing incredible theming and never-before-seen effects, this new venue is certain to delight everyone — especially families — visiting Universal Orlando Resort.
We had the opportunity to be the first non-employees to get a tour of the courses, and they are both very impressive. Hollywood Drive-In Golf is a “landscape” course (verses an “adventure” course), meaning that the holes themselves may not be the most challenging you’ve seen around Orlando. But what these courses may lack in challenging putt-putt, they more than make up for with theming, storytelling, and special effects.
The overall objective of Hollywood Drive-In Golf is to bring you into a 1950’s drive-in movie. The first course, The Haunting of Ghostly Greens, is a take-off of classic horror movies.
Each hole you play in the course is like a scene from the movie. The second course, Invaders from Planet Putt, is drawn from classic sci-fi films of the 1950’s.
The two courses are spectacular — our photos don’t really do them justice. In addition, virtually every hole includes sounds effects and other hidden special effects that you have to play through to appreciate. Even more, the entire course is set to sparkle at night with LED lighting running throughout the course. I can’t wait to see how the stories come to life then! Much like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I imagine that this attraction will have to be enjoyed both before and after sundown. (And, in fact, some of the same craftsman who worked on the Wizarding World also have contributed to Hollywood Drive-In Golf.)
Be sure to check out our HD video and complete photo gallery below with 60 full-screen images. Now, let’s see what questions I can answer for you:
When did Hollywood Drive-In Golf open?
Thursday, March 1, 2012.
How much will it cost to play golf?
The price to play one course is $13.99 per adult. (I’m sure there is a discounted price for kids, but I haven’t got those details yet.) If you decide to play the other course at the end of the first, there is a 25 percent discount. Throughout 2012 Universal Preferred and Premier Passholders receive 10 percent off for up to six guests.
Do I have to pay full price for parking?
Yes. To enjoy Hollywood Drive-In Golf, you’ll need to park just like you would if you were going to Universal Orlando’s theme parks or any other venue in CityWalk. It is worth noting that most of the time Universal’s general parking is discounted or free after 6:00pm.
Are there going to be any promotions like Universal’s Movie & Meal Deal?
While there may be in the future, at launch there will not be any special promotions available (other than Preferred and Premier Passholder discount mentioned earlier).
How do you get a tee time?
It is essentially first-come-first-served, like any mini golf course. If the courses are backed up, you can put your name on a list and you will be given a return time. Reservations cannot be made in advance.
How long will it take to play through one of the courses?
Plan on 30 to 45 minutes, depending on how good you are and how busy the course is.
What are the hours?
Hollywood Drive-In Golf will be open everyday from 8:00am (that’s one hour before the theme parks usually open!) to 2:00am (when CityWalk usually closes).
Is alcohol served at Hollywood Drive-In Golf?
No, it is not. However, you can bring drinks onto the courses that you purchased at other CityWalk venues.
Are any of the courses ADA accessible?
The first course, The Haunting of Ghostly Greens, is completely ADA and wheelchair accessible.
Who runs Hollywood Drive-In Golf, and are they hiring?
Like most of the venues at CityWalk, Hollywood Drive-In golf is operated by a third party — in this case, the fine folks at Congo River Golf. While they have already finished hiring for the opening of Hollywood Drive-In Golf, you can always stop by and ask for an application.
I heard you took a lot of construction photos of Hollywood Drive-In Golf . Where can I see those?
Yes, we most certainly did. Click here to view them.
Which course is better?
From the feedback I’ve received, it sounds like the horror movie themed course has more exciting in terms of its special affects, but the sci-fi themed course is more challenging. So, decide what you think you will like best, or play both courses and save!
Official website: http://www.hollywooddriveingolf.com
You can join Hollywood Drive-In Golf on Facebook too!
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