There are few ways more fun to spend a sunny day than on the golf course—especially if we are talking about a mini-golf course! They provide fun for all ages, and you don’t need to lug around your own clubs. The fashionable golf attire is totally optional, too.
Putz and Glo, South Dakota
Just like bowling, traditional mini-golf is made more exciting by the addition of Day-Glo paint and blacklights. You can get trippy while you complete the 18-hole course, and then take a visit to the snack bar and arcade to refuel and recharge. Since the course is located inside, the fun can happen rain or shine!
Having originally opened in Morton’s Grove, Illinois, in the 1950s as a family-friendly alternative to the putting greens next door, the “Taj Mahal” of mini-golf has since relocated to Lincolnshire and boasts two 18-hole courses, 19 moving obstacles, and 7 water holes. If the YouTube videos of the loop-de-loop are any indication, this course will challenge even the most experience mini-golfer.
Camelot Golfland, California
While technically a franchise (the facility in Mesa, Arizona, also features a waterpark), the Anaheim outpost is the largest mini-golf course in the country. With five separate courses, your family will never have to wait in line. You can choose from the Castles of the World course, which has Spanish forts with working water cannons or the tropical, jungle-themed course, among others.
Pirate Island, New Jersey
Ahoy, matey! Located along the Jersey Shore (very authentic!), the three locations of this mini-golf franchise make all of your swashbuckling dreams come true. Throughout the 18-hole course you’ll faceoff with animatronic pirates, traverse suspension bridges, and explore pirate ships. Your family can decide if the loser has to walk the plank.
Around the World in 18 Holes, New York
If a trip around the world isn’t in your budget, this unique golf course can take you on a journey at a fraction of the cost. Inspired by Lake George local Harry Horn’s travels, the course even features souvenirs he brought home from his trips. Each hole features a famous landmark from around the world, including the Taj Mahal and a replica of a New York City subway.
Molten Mountain, South Carolina
While the beaches of Myrtle Beach are a draw for many tourists, you’d be remiss if you didn’t pay a visit to this famous mini-golf course. While the course inside features a hole in which you have to putt over a lava stream, the exterior is truly one of a kind. It’s a volcano that erupts every 30 minutes, and in doing so shoots three fireballs 50 feet into the air!