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Play-A-Round

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Play-A-Round

Postby Anthony » Thu Apr 06, 2006 11:11 am

Anguilla has added another enticement for the family market with the opening of Play-A-Round, a family-oriented entertainment venue that takes the American concept of miniature golf and implements it with a comprehensive yet consciously local approach.

Located on Rendezvous Bay West, the professional standard 18-hole miniature golf course features attractive pathways and rock and stream elements. The entertainment complex also features a bumper boat pond, an outdoor boat bar, a 24-foot high climbing wall and a snack bar clubhouse. An inflatable obstacle course safely challenges children aged 5 to 12 years.

The par 43, 196 yard course is tricky enough for adults and features a stream that constitutes a tricky skip shot on the fourth hole; a large lagoon that meanders around and contains the bumper boats; and an illuminated fountain that sends the water back to the pump to feed the lagoon. Floodlights surround the complex to assure perfect visibility for night play.

The course incorporates lessons in local history and flora & fauna with lush paths of indigenous plants tagged with their native and scientific names. Themed tiki huts with historic accounts of Anguilla from the Arawak settlement to Jeremiah Gumbs’ speech at the UN post revolution are spread throughout.

Happy Hour is held daily from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Special events are held at the ‚ÄúSaga Boy‚ÄĚ boat bar --- housed in the rescued hull of the boat of the same name, kindly donated by Sir Emile Gumbs and turned into an outdoor refreshment parlor for adults. The dry-docked racing boat allows visitors a peak at Anguilla‚Äôs rich sailing history.

Play-A-Round is open Tuesday through Sunday from 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm (closed Mondays). Live music is featured on Fridays 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm and on Sundays from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Cost for activities include: miniature golf @ $7 per person; bumper boats @ $7 for the driver and $3 for the passenger for 5 minutes; obstacle course @ $7 per hour. The rock-climbing wall is $7 for two (2) climbs.
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Postby Mary » Thu Apr 06, 2006 2:21 pm

Thanks for the report, Anthony but I can't honestly say I'm happy with this development.
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Postby Anthony » Thu Apr 06, 2006 2:48 pm

This was a press release -
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Postby pepper » Thu Apr 06, 2006 3:38 pm

I honestly cannot picture where this miniature golf course is.
When we were there a month ago there was nary a word about it.
If it is near Rendezvous Bay Hotel and Cuisinart on Rendezvous Bay, perhaps it is not such a bad idea. These places are family friendly.
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Location

Postby ALR » Fri Apr 07, 2006 7:15 am

Pepper,
It's on the road to Cuisinart on th lefthand side.
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THANKS!

Postby CAM » Fri Apr 07, 2006 8:41 am

I have to side with the "Good News" group! Everyone has their ideas for Anguilla development, but as a 12 year visitor (6 w/out & 6 w/ kids) I am often questioning returning as my kids get a tad tired of the beach every day. It wasn't developed on a undeveloped stretch of beach, but to an area that is already active. The local history aspect you mention is great. I always felt the youths/children/families of Anguilla deserve this type of good & healthy entertainment. Who are us visitors to say.
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Postby Maria Dewaard » Sat Apr 08, 2006 2:52 am

I totally agree with Mary; even more construction, even more activity - does Anguilla really need this?? Can't the people who want this go to St. Martin? I really don't mean that Anguilla should be a 'stuffy place for adults only' but still... isn't it enough for children (and adults!) just to have those great beaches (and beachbars, and occasional music)?
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Postby CAM » Mon Apr 10, 2006 8:26 am

There is little I hate worse than the old Forum debate about kids on Anguilla, but I did want to add that it isn't just the visitor's children that enjoy this facility. If you look at the article for this in www.news.ai, you will see that Anguilla children & families are enjoying this as well. Also, for a 2 week vacation, beaches & beach bars w/ dancing is not enough for children. All the best . . .
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Postby Christine (Swe) » Mon Apr 10, 2006 3:18 pm

We have always had our children (2 daughters) with us on our 4 trips to Anguilla. And we have stayed for 2 weeks or more every trip. They have never been bored. They LOVE Anguilla. And what they love is: being on the beaches and being in the water. They never get tired of that. (And we do live with the ocean right next to our villa here in Sweden, BUT the ocean has ice on it many of the months. Only able to swim during June, July and August.) So these weeks on SBE during our Christmas vacations on Anguilla have been great. Maybe it is the cold weather we have here in Sweden, that makes our children 100% happy with 2 weeks on Anguilla's georgeous beaches. They would not want to play any minigolf on our next visit. I'm 100% sure of that.
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Postby Maria Dewaard » Tue Apr 11, 2006 4:17 am

Bravo Christine - that was exactly my point!! This has nothing to do with the perennial 'kids-or-no-kids-on-vacation' discussion. As Bart at RBH once said to us: 'It's really so simple: a beautiful beach, nice weather, a pleasant hotel and restaurant - what more do you really need?' So again my question is - everybody - with or without children - who wants 'more' (minigolf, casinos, amusement parks etc.etc.), - why not go to St. Maarten?
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Postby CAM » Tue Apr 11, 2006 7:33 am

Thank you for the St. Martin suggestion (NOT). There was also the reference to the Anguillian families that was missed and was my biggest point. They deserve some entertainment of in this area. Even after 11 years of traveling to Anguilla I have yet to complain about the development. Even the Captain's Bay home. I would love to, but it is not my place.
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