Whether you're practicing golf strokes with miniature Tiger Woods wannabes or just relieving the urge to whack a few golf balls through windmills, miniature golf is a fun and relaxing family event for both parents and children. Miniature putt putt facilities usually provide dining or picnicking and other activities as well, making it an inexpensive, all-day activity for the entire family. Score free games for a hole in one and bragging rights with the kids on a family fun night at any of the best mini golf courses in Minnesota.
1300 Midway Pkwy.
St. Paul, MN 55103
Price: $2.50 half-round/$5 full-round
Hours: Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Putt'er There is one of the older golf courses, in business for more than 50 years in the Como Park. This miniature golf course provides an original street car as its clubhouse and other benefits including a large picnic area. It's also conveniently close to the Como Zoo. The golf course includes different levels of play where less serious golfers may choose to take on just nine holes, and more advance golfers looking for a challenge may play the full 18 holes. Win a free game at the 18th hole with a hole in one.
Wildwedge Family Golf Park
32792 Paul Bunyan Trail Dr.
(Hwy 371 and County Rd 16)
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Price: $6.95 adults, $5.95 kids, Free ages 3 and under, $2.50 for second round
Hours: Through Memorial weekend – open to dark; Memorial weekend to Labor Day weekend: Sun to Thurs – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Labor Day to closing date – open to dark
Wildwedge Family Golf Park is a bit farther north but is well worth the trip with tons of family activities available in addition to mini golf. Wildwedge not only provides mini golfing but a regular golf course with nine holes that range from 75 to 170 yards. The mini golf course is designed based on ideas from the research of miniature golf courses in Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, S.C. This mini golf course even boasts love from the governor. Other activities include a driving range, an RV Park and a newly constructed human maze with 10,000 square feet of corners.
Goony Golf of Spring Lake Park
1066 County Highway 10 Northeast
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
Price: vary by group size and season
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. *Hours reduced before memorial day and after labor day
The name alone sounds fun. Goony Golf of Spring Lake Park has been family owned and operated for more than 25 years. The mini golf course consists of three 18-hole courses with fun names such as hickory dickory clock, hauntsville and lumpy humps. Other activities available include a video arcade and water wars. The facility accommodates birthday parties and groups of up to 45 people.
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Big Back Yard
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Price: $4.50 adults/$3 children ages 4 to 12 and seniors 60 and older
Hours: will reopen Memorial Day weekend; hours not yet released
The Big Back Yard is a mini golf course located in the Science Museum of Minnesota. Of course, being part of the Science Museum, one can expect a different sort of miniature golf course. The Big Back Yard is composed of 30,000 square feet of golf course with a demonstration of how water moves in the natural environment in oceans and mountains. Also known as the EarthScapes golf course, this course teaches topics such as draining the fields, hydraulic jumps and erosion while allowing children and adults the opportunity to take part in a great game of miniature golf.
The Links at Dred Scott Miniature Golf
10820 Bloomington Ferry Rd.
Bloomington, MN 55438
Price: $7 adults,/$5 children 12 or younger and seniors 62 and older
Hours: spring and fall Mon to Fri – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; summer daily – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Links at Dred Scott Miniature Golf Course in Bloomington opened in 1996. This mini golf course boasts a more natural look and does not include the standard windmills or clowns, but instead waterfalls, nine water hazards and water jump holes. The Links at Dred Scott Miniature Golf Course is 25 percent larger than most mini courses at more than 5,000 square feet. Snag eagle or birdie manager's packages for special deals.
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