Swing into summer with a fun day of miniature golf. From classic to kooky, this collection of iconic courses is worth the drive. Here are our favorites from around the country.
Kitsch Classic — Hailed by Golf Digest as one of the “20 Places Every Golf Fan Must Visit,” Par-King has entertained and challenged golfers for five decades. A short drive from Chicago, the 18-hole courses feature such odd obstacles as a spinning clown and a looping roller coaster. One caveat: beware of all the mechanics, players must be over four feet tall to putt.
Water Hazard — Half theme park, half skill course, Pirate Island Golf is a detailed tribute to the swashbuckling days of yore. Line up your shot on the deck of a replica wooden ship, cross a suspension bridge or buddy up to robotic buccaneers. This family favorite has three locations in New Jersey.
Role-Play Through — The concept of Mayday Golf in Myrtle Beach, S.C., comes straight from a disaster movie: patrons pretend they’ve crash-landed in a lush tropical paradise. To pass the time until you’re rescued, you can relax with a game of mini-golf. After 18 holes, you may find it hard to return to civilization.
Small World — Around the World Miniature Golf in Lake George, N.Y., lets you circle the globe one hole at a time. At the French hole, you putt your ball through Napoleon’s swinging leg. In Australia, you have to land it in a kangaroo’s pouch. The course was named one of the world’s best by Travel Channel — no slouch when it comes to globe-trotting adventure.
Rock ‘n’ Hole in One — Monster Mini Golf presents KISS in Las Vegas, Nev., is a “cosmic” mini-golf course inspired by the aforementioned rock bank. Golfers play 18 holes bathed in black light while navigating over-the-top obstacles like a laser light snow, band members’ oversized heads and a replica of bassist Gene Simmons’s tongue.
Missing Links — Like a Jurassic Park for golf enthusiasts, Volcano Island Mini Golf in Orlando, Fla., takes you back to a time when the T. rex was top dog. This family-friendly entertainment center has not one, but two mini-golf courses so you can play the day away surrounded by erupting volcanoes and rampaging dinos.
What’s your favorite mini-golf course? Tell us about it below.
By Rhonda Riche