Revisiting One Of The Greatest Website Games Ever Made: Candystand Mini Golf
We all had those days growing up where you had some time on your hands to surf the internet. Some people would go down a YouTube rabbit hole, others would go on Facebook, but me? I was a games person. I spent hours and hours on the weekend on MiniClip and other websites, but my favorite was a game on another website…
CANDYSTAND MINI GOLF!
This iconic 18-hole course was a blast to play. The site is no longer available, but each hole had its own story to tell. Let's go through the entirety of this course, and hopefully, you get some nostalgia along the way.
Hole 1 - Par 3
It was a fairly easy hole to start off this awesome course. The key to this one was to get the ball past the sliding goalie. And if you were lucky, bounce it off the wall, into the hole through the glacier, and you had a good chance at starting off your round with a hole-in-one.
Hole 2 - Par 3
Your first real obstacle on this course was dealing with the jumping Wild Cherry Life Savers. If your ball would land under them, there is a good chance that you're in a danger zone and you'd have to start over if the candy dropped on your ball. Banging it through that middle ramp would put you in a good spot.
Hole 3 - Par 3
You have no choice here but to tee off through the mouth. And then depending on your luck, you'd hopefully go through the tube that puts you closer to the hole, which would set you up for a nice birdie.
Hole 4 - Par 4
I was a big red tee guy on this hole. It gave you a nice angle of the tube, where if you were fortunate, you would also make it through that top right corner pocket off the tee. This is one of those holes that it almost felt like you HAD to make birdie or better.
Hole 5 - Par 4
Those three bubbles in the middle of this hole could have been a real problem, depending on how you played it. I'll take a par here every time.
Hole 6 - Par 3
Timing is everything right here. You have to make it over the jumping Life Saver off the tee and hit it with enough power to make it through the upside down ramp. And then on the second shot, you have another bouncy candy to deal with.
Hole 7 - Par 3
Your best bet here would be aiming for that diagonal portion of the wall that would hopefully be strong enough to get you down that right side ramp. If you're short? You're risking that giant, white lifesaver kicking you all the way back to the tee box. Dangerous.
Hole 8 - Par 4
Those three rings above were the absolute WORST! In my eyes, that was probably one of, if not the toughest obstacle on this entire course. Shooting par in this hole was a win every single time. And if you're sucked up by those rings, you're back to the tee, and a big number is coming on your scorecard.
Hole 9 - Par 3
There are two ways to play this hole. You can either lay up and go over the bridge on your second shot. Or you can risk it all, by teeing off hard off the back wall, and timing your shot well enough to hope that it lands in the moving Life Saver, where an ace is most likely waiting. If you miss, a bogey is coming your way.
Hole 10 - Par 3
Those icy, bright glaciers were huge wild cards. They could catapult you into the hole on the first shot, or it could totally backfire and have you teeing off twice. This hole is meh.
Hole 11 - Par 4
One of the most demoralizing feelings on this course would be successfully teeing off into the Flavor Grabber, only to see your ball come out on the other side as a pile of ashes. Hole 11 is all about timing, and veterans have a major advantage over rookies here.
Hole 12 - Par 4
I only had one strategy on this hole - bomb the tee shot into dead center field and hope that it doesn't go out of bounds. If that was the case, you had a solid look at an eagle.
Hole 13 - Par 3
I feel like hole 13 ended up really well or really poorly - no in between. those parallel tubes didn't do you any favors, and there is a very tough decline surrounding the hole as well. One of my least favorite holes on the course.
Hole 14 - Par 3
There are plenty of options on the 14th hole. You can hit it off that diagonal wall on the right side and hope that your ball rolls into the spinning tube. Or, you can risk it all, and try to sink your ball into the ramp and hope that it lands in that both. If that's the case, a birdie should be coming your way.
Hole 15 - Par 3
You're crazy if you don't tee off from red here. Blast your first shot and aim for that big, red Life Saver. If you do it correctly, you should be able to tap in for birdie.
Hole 16 - Par 4
One of the biggest hacks on the course is figuring out how to have a chance at a hole-in-one on this Par 4. If you timed your tee shot off correctly, you'd land it off that hard Creme Saver, have it go down the ramp, and be in good shape. If you manage to hit it while it's melted? That's a hazard, and you're teeing off twice.
Hole 17 - Par 3
I'll say it - I despise these kids. Them and their giant tongues were an absolute pain in the butt on the 17th hole. At any point, each of them had the chance to really throw you off your game.
Hole 18 - Par 4
We end things with an absolute juggernaut of an 18th hole. There is nothing easy about this hole at all. If you can finish your round with a par here, you take it every single time The moving Life Saver tunnels and constantly evaporating bridge can give you nightmares before you hand in your scorecard.
There you have it, the best 18 holes in internet golf are back on your screen, even if the game itself is unavailable. If you would like more nostalgia, some guys recorded their entire round and put it on YouTube 10 years ago. The sounds you hear will make you feel like a little kid again.