Playing 18 holes of putt-putt golf among giant, sword-wielding pirates, extinct dinosaurs and blue waterfalls is so much more thrilling and less time consuming than a round on a regular course where the hazards are harmless trees, ponds and sand. Miniature golf is also significantly less expensive, so skip hauling around your own clubs — that'd just be weird — and bring your family instead. Baltimore's best mini golf courses promise a great game every time.
Mitchell's Golf Complex
301 Mitchell Dr.
Reisterstown, Md. 21136
Hours: Seasonal, Mon to Fri – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: $5 to $7 depending on course
Mitchell's Golf Complex includes a 9-hole executive golf course, a driving range and three miniature golf courses with varying degrees of difficulty. Among the three mini courses, the regular course is perfect for children and beginners and features both a light show and a lighthouse. The championship course challenges players with realistic golf skills at chipping and putting; and expert mini golfers will want to take on the monster in the pines course. This long, par-70 monster course features both water hazards and trickily shaped greens. The open space, rolling hills and easy parking of this complex appeals to golfers across the spectrum.
Monster Mini Golf
Columbia East Marketplace
7351 Assateague Dr., Ste. 380
Jessup, Md. 20794
Hours: Sun to Thurs - 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri and Sat - 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: $8 to $9/person based on height
Play mini golf with Frankenstein or in a haunted house at Monster Mini Golf. This indoor, 18-hole mini golf course is so much fun, it's scary. With more than 11,000 square feet of space, this monster-themed, glow-in-the-dark mini golf course boasts the area's coolest special effects and a DJ playing great, themed music. Open year-round, Monster Mini Golf is the perfect location for a children's party or unique corporate event. Count on monthly specials for everyone from Girl Scout groups to military personnel.
4123 E. Joppa Rd.
Nottingham, Md. 21236
Hours: April, September and October Sun to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; May to August Mon to Thurs – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 9 a.m. to 11p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: $7 adults/$6 children 3 to 12/free children younger than 3 with paying guest
ParTee Golf's name says it all. This miniature golf course has three plans offering hosts an hour and a half of golf, one hour in the reserved party area and the option of refreshments for guests. But you don't have to wait for an invitation to play this course; it's open to the public from April 1 to Oct. 31.
Mini Golf at the Go-Kart Track
10907 Pulaski Highway
White Marsh, Md. 21162
Hours: May to Labor Day Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Limited hours September to April
Prices: $5 per game/weekday half-price specials
Go-Karts and mini golf go together like movies and popcorn. After racing through the three challenging Go-Kart tracks at this complex, then relax with a game of miniature golf. The nine-hole course is challenging, yet kid friendly. Golfers of all skill levels will enjoy winding their way through the carefully landscaped course.
5453 Harpers Farm Rd.
Columbia, Md. 21044
Hours: Sat and Sun – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Price: $7 General public/$6 Columbia Association members
Columbia SportsPark has everything a family with kids could want. Located in the heart of the planned community, the SportsPark is a place where kids hang out and businesses host corporate outings. The 18-hole mini golf course competes with the SkatePark for this park's biggest draw. Kids find it fun and adults find it challenging as they maneuver through and around plants and shrubs, ponds, streams and waterfalls. You won't find windmills or clowns here; this course is for the pros.
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