Landlocked as we are in St. Louis, we don't have the faded boardwalks, funhouses and amusement parks that dot the Eastern seaboard. Those ramshackle buildings stand as a testament to a simpler time, one of fantasy and eternal summers. Think of the miniature golf course as a Midwestern stand-in for the carnival midway: It's a slice of Americana that seems plucked from a daydream and colored in Day-Glo. The eighteen holes at Tee Time aren't going to wow you with flashy automated distractions or some clumsy overarching theme. Instead Tee Time demands that you bring your A game: precision is a must. The course favors Technicolor AstroTurf — purples, blues and reds color the "greens" and fairways — and most holes feature tricky contours, dips and ramps as you putt-putt toward the hole. The incongruities of the course make it lovable — a blue rhino, a smiling alligator and a mighty grizzly bear all stand sentinel along the links — and the burbling water features make you forget that you're honing your short game in the shadow of Interstate 55. Hours are noon-10 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Greens fees are $5 per round; $4 for kids age nine and under (free for children under three with an adult).
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