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Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf

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Fun for the Whole Family at Pigeon Forge's Legendary Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf
Written by: Vicky Reddish
Staff Score:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Mini-golf is a popular vacation activity in the Pigeon Forge area and Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf has long been an iconic course in the area. It will certainly get your attention from the road. The entire family will enjoy the train ride to start play and the adventures that await as you play your way through. Who knows what treasures you may bring home!

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There is something special about watching a child play mini-golf and knocking in their first hole-in-one. The unrestrained excitement and joy are contagious and well worth the price of admission. This is a scene that is created daily at Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf in Pigeon Forge. Lost Treasure Golf is actually two 18-hole mini-golf courses filled with adventure and challenges, set among a volcano, a waterfall, a temple, and scenes right out of 1920s South America.

Lost Treasure Golf is family fun, based on the legendary adventures of an explorer, archaeologist, anthropologist, paleontologist, and part-time taxidermist from the University of Chicago, Professor Duffer A. Hacker. Before teeing off it can add to your own adventure if you familiarize yourself with his tales. It would appear Professor Hacker conducted two expeditions to the Fogclift Islands off the coast of South America in the 1920s. He was in search of ancient gold and diamond mines rumored to be located on the Islands. His first discovery? An old mining train built by the Germans during the First World War. You and your group of mini-golf adventurers are invited to take this mining car to the top of the mountain and follow Professor Hacker as you putt your way through a fun expedition with caves, waterfalls, a pirate ship, a temple, a volcano, and more, all to find the elusive gold and diamonds.

Both courses offer challenges for adults and kids, but one is just a bit easier for younger golfers. The courses are spacious and well-laid out so you neither feel crowded nor rushed with your play. There are certainly a lot of photo opportunities along the way as you join Professor Hacker on his journey. After play has finished, be sure to ask one of the Expedition Guides to reveal the “mystery hole” to see if you or a member of your group may have won a free game. Mystery holes are changed daily and are only revealed at the end of the play.

Insider Tips: 
– Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf offers players a discount for additional rounds at the completion of play.
– Busiest times are in the mid-afternoon. Plan your adventure in the morning or early evening for more leisurely play.
– If you have tiny golfers, ask to play the easier of the two courses. Adults will still enjoy it while little one will enjoy more success.
– Wear comfortable shoes. The course features multiple level changes and loose-fitting sandals or flipflops are not recommended.