OK, dear readers, this one is fun! Grab the kids, dress down
and come play miniature golf; then stay for supper in a clever, casual setting.
Or do as the Dining Out team did, and regress to your adolescence while you try
to put that golf ball through the hoops or into the kangaroo’s pouch.
Go Putt-Putt Minigolf designers are from the Netherlands; the
artists who provided the neat decorations are from the USA; and the owners are
from Australia and the Netherlands. You’ll have English-speaking Thai staff to
explain and encourage (and give great tips) as you work your way through the
windmill and the penguin, past the Chrysler Building and straight into the
Eiffel Tower. This is a real international setting. Even the menu offers a
variety of both western and Thai items. Tiger Woods may not live here, but I
have a feeling he would have great fun at this challenging little golf course.
The Dining Out team, having scored a hole-in-one and actually
succeeded at the 9th hole in setting off bells and whistles, ordered cool drinks
and sat down for food. The first thing we noticed was that the tables are
actually covered with cloth tablecloths. There’s nothing more uncomfortable
than plastic table coverings. For me – anathema! They stick to you rain or
shine, heat or cold, and don’t exactly invite you to stay. Then we noticed
that the entire golf course is covered, great for a rainy afternoon with nothing
The chef at a nearby resort helped develop the menu and train
the staff in proper preparation techniques. This is no ordinary fare. The first
dish was chicken filet rolled in both black and white sesame seeds and served
with a cucumber and onion relish. We tasted it plain first, then topped it with
the relish. Either way, it’s a good dish. Add rice for a meal or order it
alone for a snack. At 65 baht, it’s a treat.
Then came the marinated pork spare ribs prepared Isaan style
with chili, garlic, and flash fried spicy basil, a best seller. One taste and we
could understand. They’re bite sized and delicious, with just enough spice to
enhance the taste. Priced at 65 baht, they, too are versatile enough to serve
with rice for dinner or alone for a snack. We tried the takra saep, a basket of
crispy egg noodles filled with a spicy Thai pork and seafood salad. Nice
presentation, tasty and priced at 85 baht a basket.
cheeseburger served with a side salad was brought to our table. The condiments
were on the side, a nice touch for those folks who like to “dress” their own
‘burgers. A bowl of fresh French fries was put before us. The first thing we
noticed was that these were hand cut fries, not the frozen and bagged variety.
The bit of potato skin gives a different texture to real home fries. The
cheeseburger was good, the kitchen has set a high standard for ‘burgers and
inquired about it several times. Cheeseburgers are priced at 85 baht. A big club
sandwich stuffed with bacon, ham, cheese and chicken and served with potato
chips was served. At 85 baht, this would serve several kids and is recommended.
Our last dish was creative and original. A pan roasted chicken filet wrapped in
bacon and served with Mexican taco sauce and a crispy salad was put on the
table. It had been sliced into 6 or 8 nice pieces, just right for tasting. And
it was an unusual taste treat at 120 baht
We ordered another drink but resisted the offer of more food,
although much more is available on the menu. The ice cream at 30 baht for two
scoops is tempting for young kids or old kids at heart. The managing director,
Carmen Rademaker, joined us. We talked about the food and the fun we’d had.
Look her up when you’re there – and enjoy your golf.
Go Putt-Putt Minigolf, Chiang Mai Business Park (behind Carrefour), Chiang
Mai, 50000. Telephone 09-835-6016. Email [email protected] goputt-putt.com. Open every day
(except Monday) from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Reservations and discounts for
groups. Parking inside the gate and on the street.