"So, hypothetically, the prince is really trying to help the fair maiden, but he now sees why the maiden could have misunderstood his motives. If the fair maiden discovered his true intentions, how do you think she would respond?"
Tension between two poles is broken when the third entity is introduced, not to distract from the pressure, but to focus on issues that actually matter, to create a common ground. A hobby of one person or the coffee shoppe frequented by the other would never suffice as well as the outside entity. Mini golfing can be such a common ground, outside the norm of both characters, a tie-breaker, if you will. And I will.
The short clubs and multi-coloured dimpled spheres are tools of restoration, even in the uncertainty that there ever was an ideal state to restore to. Hole after hole, goofy strokes and green carpet sloping wickedly toward water. A hole-in-six feels just as good as a hole-in-one with new-found friends. Uncertain expectations give way to a little thing we call Hope.