Revisiting one of the greatest website games ever made: Candystand Mini Golf
CANDYSTAND MINI GOLF!
This iconic 18 hole course was a joy to play. The site is no longer available, but each hole had its own story to tell. Let’s go through this entire course and hopefully you’ll feel some nostalgia along the way.
Hole 1 – Par 3
It was a fairly easy hole to start this awesome course. The key to this one was getting the ball past the slippery goalkeeper. And if you were lucky, bounce it off the wall, into the hole through the glacier, and you had a good chance of starting your run with a hole in one.
Hole 2 – Par 3
Your first real hurdle on this course was facing the Wild Cherry Life Savers jump. If your ball landed under them, chances are you’re in a dangerous area and have to start over if the candy lands on your ball. Hitting it through that middle ramp would put you in a good spot.
Hole 3 – Par 3
You have no choice here but to play by mouth. And then, depending on your luck, you’ll hopefully go through the tube that gets you closer to the hole, setting you up for a nice birdie.
Hole 4 – Par 4
I was a big red tee guy on that hole. It gave you a nice angle off the tube, where if you were lucky you would also come through that pocket from the top right corner of the tee. This is one of those holes where you almost felt like you had to birdie or better.
Hole 5 – Par 4
Those three bubbles in the middle of that hole could have been a real problem, depending on how you played it. I’ll take one over here every time.
Hole 6 – Par 3
Timing is everything here. You need to get past the Life Saver jumping off the tee and hit it with enough power to cross the ramp upside down. And then on the second hit, you have another bouncing candy to deal with.
Hole 7 – Par 3
Your best bet here would be to aim for that diagonal part of the wall which will hopefully be strong enough to get you down that ramp on the right side. If you are short? You risk that giant, white lifeline sending you back to the starting box. Dangerous.
Hole 8 – Par 4
Those three rings above were the absolute worst! To me, that was probably one of, if not the toughest, hurdle on this whole trail. The par shot in this hole was a win every time. And if you get sucked into those rings, you’re back at the tee, and a big number comes up on your scoreboard.
Hole 9 – Par 3
There are two ways to play this hole. You can either lay down and cross the bridge on your second shot. Or you can risk it all, starting from the back wall and timing your shot enough to hope it lands in the moving Life Saver, where an Ace most likely awaits. If you miss, a bogey comes your way.
Hole 10 – Par 3
These icy, shiny glaciers were huge wild cards. They could catapult you into the hole on the first shot, or it could totally backfire and make you play twice. This hole is meh.
Hole 11 – Par 4
One of the most demoralizing feelings on this course would be successfully playing into the Flavor Grabber, only to see your ball come out the other side as a pile of ash. Hole 11 is all about timing, and veterans have a major advantage here over rookies.
Hole 12 – Par 4
I had only one strategy on this hole – bomb the tee shot into the dead center field and hope it didn’t go out of bounds. If so, you had a solid look at an eagle.
Hole 13 – Par 3
I feel like hole 13 ended very well or very badly – not in between. those parallel tubes did you no favors, and there is also a very difficult decline around the hole. 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 on that diagonal wall on the right side and hope your ball rolls through the spinning tube. Or, you can risk it all and try to drive your ball into the ramp and hope it lands in both. If so, a birdie should be upon you.
Hole 15 – Par 3
You’re crazy if you don’t start from red here. Hit your first shot and aim for that big red Life Saver. If you do it right, you should be able to get a birdie.
Hole 16 – Par 4
One of the biggest hacks on the course is figuring out how to have a shot at a hole-in-one on that Par 4. If you time your tee shot right, you’ll land it on that hard Creme Saver, do- Take it down the ramp and get fit. If you manage to hit it while it’s melted? It’s a danger, and you’re leaving twice.
Hole 17 – Par 3
I’ll say it – I despise these kids. They and their giant tongues were an absolute pain in the ass on the 17th hole. At all times, each of them had the chance to really throw you off balance.
Hole 18 – Par 4
We end things with an absolute behemoth of an 18th hole. There is nothing easy in this hole. If you can end your turn with one over here, you take it every time. The moving Life Saver tunnels and constantly evaporating bridge can give you nightmares before you turn in your scorecard.
Lo and behold, the best 18-hole golf courses on the Internet are back on your screen, even if the game itself is not available. If you want more nostalgia, some guys recorded their whole ride and put it on YouTube 10 years ago. The sounds you hear will make you feel like a little kid again.