With National Mini Golf Day coming up on September 21, 2011 this is the perfect time to take the kids for some family fun at one of Los Angeles’ best miniature golf courses. Each location is great for a family outing or even a birthday party. (Here are the best mini golf spots in the Inland Empire, and the best spots in Orange County.)
Golf N Stuff Norwalk
10555 E. Firestone Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
Considered one of the premier mini-golf experiences around, the Golf N Stuff in Norwalk, CA features four distinct golf courses (18 holes each), a Lit’l Indy Raceway, Bumper Boats, RamRod Bumper Cars, the Cannonball Express (kiddie) Train, an Arcade and a Disk’O Thrill Ride which sits you on a motorcycle-like pedestal seat facing outward while combining a dual rocking and spinning motion. A little movie trivia, this Golf N Stuff was in the original Karate Kid. Hours are 10 am to 10pm weekdays, 10am to midnight on the weekends. Rides open later in the day so be sure to check their website for hours. Golf is $8.50 per person, and each ride has a separate fee. Or you can purchase a Two Hour Unlimited wristband for $17.00 through September 30, 2011. Most of the rides do have height limitations so warn kids ahead of time that they might not be able to go on all the rides.
Golf N Stuff Ventura
5555 Walker Street
Ventura, CA 93003
Golf N Stuff also has a location in Ventura, CA that features two golf courses (18 holes each), Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Ramrod Bumper Cars, a Lazer Tag Arena and an Arcade. Both locations are open seven days a week, every day of the year.
Sherman Oaks Castle Park
4989 Sepulveda Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks actually owns and operates a Mini Golf park. Sherman Oaks Castle Park (http://www.laparks.org/shermanoaks_castlepk/miniaturegolf.htm) features three 18 hole mini golf courses, batting cages and an arcade. This park doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Golf N Stuff but the landscaping is lovely and it costs less at $6.50 per person. Opens at 10am weekdays, 9am weekends. Closes at 11pm Sunday – Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Mulligan Family Fun Torrance
1351 West Sepulveda Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501
If you are willing to drive a bit farther, Mulligan Family Fun Center (www.mulliganfun.com) has locations in Torrance, Palmdale and Murrieta. The Torrance (www.mulligantorrance.com) location features two 18 hole golf courses with water features and sand traps, Go Karts, Lazer Tag, a Batting Cage, a Rock Wall, an Arcade, Paddle Boats and a Jungle Gym. They are opening a Ropes Course soon, which will be a fully enclosed climbing structure. Mini Golf costs $5.50 for children and Senior Citizens, adults $6.99. You can purchase an All Day Pass for $23.99 or one of their Value Packages for multiple entertainment options. They open at noon Monday – Friday, 10am on Saturday and Sunday. They close at 9pm Sunday – Thursday, 11pm Friday and Saturday.
Mulligan Family Fun Center Palmdale
525 West Avenue P-4
Palmdale, CA 93551
Mulligan’s Palmdale location features three 9 hole courses, Go Karts, a Batting Cage, Blaster Boats where you can bump and spray your opponents, Lazer Tag, a Rock Wall and an Arcade. Mini Golf costs $5.25 for children under ten and Senior Citizens, adults $6.25. If you plan to take full advantage of all the fun center has to offer you might purchase an All Day -All Access pass for $19.99 or one of their value packages. They open at 2pm Monday – Friday and 11am on the weekends. They close at 9pm Sunday through Thursday and 10pm Friday and Saturday.
Laura Gerson loves to discover things about Los Angeles and share them with your family. She blogs about kids activities and resources for moms at Mom Angeles.