Family vacations are always filled with togetherness and fun. We find, however, that a good dose of healthy competition can go a long way as well. Many families find a rousing game of miniature golf to be an incredible way to spend some time, but not just any old golf course will do. We’re happy to share our seven favorite miniature golf courses.
7. Disney’s Winter Summerland – Orlando, Florida
Amusement parks are wonderful, but Disney has so much more to offer than traditional rides and shows. Not far from the Blizzard Beach water park is Disney’s Winter Summerland golf course. There are actually two distinct golf courses contained within the Winter Summerland course, one with a snow theme and one with a sand theme. The themes are fun and refreshing and a game of golf is an excellent way to take a break from the crowded park environment.
6. Par-King Skill Golf – Lincolnshire, IL
The Par-King miniature golf course is located in Lincolnshire, Illinois and is well know for being one of the most unusual golf courses in the country. Once referred to as the Taj Majal of miniature golf, the course started out as an adjunct to a driving range. The owner thought opening a mini golf course would give the rest of the family something to do, and he created a beautiful “golfing garden”.
Today, the miniature golf course houses several unique wooden figures and mechanical objects, including a moving clown and an incredible wooden rollercoaster. It’s a great place to host birthday parties or even a small family reunion. No one will forget a sunny day spent at Par-King.
5. Pirate Island Golf – Avalon, New Jersey
For 18 holes of crazy pirate adventure, head towards Pirate Island Golf in Avalon, New Jersey. The attractions scattered throughout this golf course are incredible, featuring talking pirates, cascading waterfalls, and pirate ships. Your trek across the course will be full of incredible surprises. Pirate Island Golf is an amazing place to visit, especially during the summer months down the Jersey shore. While the original location is in Avalon, you can find sister-courses in both Sea Isle City and Ocean City as well.
4. Putting Edge Fun Center – Pittsburgh, PA
For a truly unique experience, head on over to Putting Edge Fun Center. We have seen the location in Pittsburgh, but there are a few others scattered throughout the United States. Nowhere else will you have the opportunity to play glow in the dark miniature golf! The golf course is decorated in amazing colors that shimmer and glow under the black lights. Hint – if you wear white clothing, the course won’t be the only thing glowing!
3. Dottie’s – Salt Lake City, Utah
Dottie’s miniature golf course opened in 1960 and is one of the oldest surviving courses in the state. Incredibly popular during the 60′s and 70′s, the course originally opened as the Arnold Palmer Mini Golf Course. Of course, ownership changes mean name changes, and the current name reflects that of the long time owner.
The course doesn’t have a ton of high-tech obstacles like the newer ones, but it does have a unique and special flavor – namely nostalgia. Dottie’s is an incredible place for the family to gather for a quiet game of miniature golf, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
2. Mountasia – Houston, Texas
Moutasia is more than a miniature golf course, to say the least. The miniature golf course itself features 18 fun and exciting holes that are perfect for golfers of any age. Watch out for the crazy windmill and you might just get that coveted hole in one!
Of course, the folks at Mountasia don’t want you to leave too early. Once you’ve finished your game of golf you can head on over to the batting cages, try out the bumper boats, hit the snack bar, or try a round on the go karts. We guarantee you won’t be bored here.
1. Jolly Roger Amusement Parks – Ocean City, Maryland
Ocean City is a hot destination for many vacationers, so finding an incredible miniature golf course here wasn’t too surprising. One of several Jolly Roger parks, the golf course features both the Treasure Hunt and Jungle Golf courses, each promising adventure like no other. The tropical rain forests, waterfalls, and pirates may be too much for the weak at heart to bear. Are you up for the challenge?
There are literally hundreds of miniature golf courses around the country, each claming to have the best features, greens, and opportunity for adventure. Miniature golf courses are great for all members of the family, ranging from the youngest golfer to the seasoned aficionado. These are some of our absolute favorites, but the real decision is up to you!