If your golf game isn’t what it used to be, or if you’re a newcomer to the sport, then a visit to Gobbler’s Knob Family Fun Park on Route 145 in Cobleskill could be just what you need.
There’s a driving range, where you can hopefully learn to hit the ball straight and long, and there’s an 18-hole miniature golf course where you can work on your putting.
For those whose short game is ailing, you can carry your bag around D’s Tees, a nine-hole, par 3 course. All of the holes measure between 75 to 105 yards, and are laid out on the rolling hills in that area, offering splendid views of the Schoharie Valley.
Of course the ice cream parlor, a brand new bounce house for the younger children, and a go-kart track are three more good reasons to check out Gobbler’s Knob, only a few seconds off I-88.
The miniature golf course has lights, allowing play as late as 10 p.m. on the weekends. And if you don’t have the time to see the entire Schoharie Valley that day, you can see a number of the sites right there among the 18 holes while practicing your putting.
There is one 30-foot long hole through a series of caves with two waterfalls and a stream representing Schoharie Creek and Howe Caverns. Other holes include a replica of the Blenheim Covered Bridge, Vroman’s Nose, the Upper and Lower Reservoir, and the “Outhouse” in Middleburgh, the birthplace of American Revolutionary War hero Timothy Murphy.
Muscle Motors Speedway is the go-kart track, owned and operated by Robert Strong, a landscaper who also happened to build the par 3 course adjacent to his place.
“We have a size limit for our drivers,” said Strong. “Some kids are too short to drive, but if you happen to have a tall 4-year-old then we’ll set him up. We get all ages, and the karts go as fast as 22 miles per hour. The kids have a lot of fun, and adults really enjoy it too.”
While the rest of Gobbler’s Knob is open throughout each day, Muscle Motors Speedway has limited hours on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., and Thursday, 1-9 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the track opens at noon.
For those looking for a competition, Strong offers timed qualifying races on Wednesday night and each week declares a winner.