Why is croquet so refined but mini-golf is not? Is it the windmills? Is it the bright orange golf balls? Located a mere five-iron from the 110 in South Pasadena, nestled between the driving range and the par-three course, is Arroyo Seco Golf Course, an adorable, nine-hole mini-golf course that provides endless challenges. It doesn't have any lakes or fire-breathing dragons, but it has enough log cabins and castles to provide a half-hour of entertainment in a sunken oasis that most South Pasadena residents don't even realize is there. Plus it has a six-stool bar! 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena. (323) 255-1506, arroyosecogc.com.
—Sean J. O'Connell

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