P1050445A couple of months ago I smacked some golf balls at the driving ranges at Chelsea Piers, and tonight I attempted to complete my game by perfecting my putt at Manhattan’s mini golf course.

The greens, which are at Pier 25 in Tribeca, overlook the Hudson River and New Jersey as the One World Trade Center, Gehry apartments and Woolworth Building tower above. Tonight was a gorgeous evening so Ryan and I headed there to attempt a round.

I started off strong but he came back stronger. I seem to recall this happening in bowling too – I either get too relaxed or freak out at the competition (or maybe I should just accept he’s better). It wasn’t all bad though, and we danced with joy as we both got holes in one and managed the obstacles pretty well for our first time.

Outstanding technique

Outstanding technique

Nice view

Nice view. One World Trade Center isn’t bad either

Tricky one

Tricky one

Oops

Oops

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The course isn’t the most inventive – there are no windmills or clown mouths – but it offers good variety with various slopes, bumps and rocks.

It’s pretty snug and we had to wait a little at each hole, so perhaps we would have been better going nearer its 10pm close. But for just $5 each, we were happy to ignore the hiccups – and we gave it our best shot.

I came second!

I came second!

P1050456I’ve tried hard at golf over the years and while it’s not my forte, it is brilliant fun – and tonight’s informal approach was no different.

Then we had a wander to the lovely waterfront.

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