Modeled after its parent sport golf, miniature golf can prove to be challenging and fun all at the same time. Mini golf isn’t just golf on a miniature scale. Sure, the name implies that, but a few rounds at a mini golf course can be so much more than simply whacking golf balls across artificial turf or green carpet. There are mini golf courses out there that can transport you, and your family, into entirely different worlds. What other sport allows you to play your way through different countries, a pirate cove or a world full of dinosaurs? The best courses combine the pleasures of golfing and sinking a hole-in-one with wildly imaginative backgrounds.
3200 E Carpenter Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
One of the larger miniature golf courses in the area can be found at Anaheim’s Camelot Golfland, where you can mini golf among castles of the world and Spanish forts. There are also shooting water cannons and jungle themes that include safaris and tropical paradises, or check out the surf’s up area for a more nautical theme. For those looking to visit the park to enjoy the miniature golf courses, make sure to get there at least an hour before the park closes. If you have kids, check out the birthday party specials for the entire area complete with food and discounts to all of the additional attractions like the arcade.
3405 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
While there are a ton of activities here ranging from go karting, bumper boats, a rock wall, a sidewinder roller coaster, laser tag, batting cages and more, mini golf stands out as one of the best to check out. Fun for all ages, the courses at this venue are challenging and enjoyable for everyone. Add in water, lush greenery, windmills and other hazards, and you have the perfect mixture of fun to keep people coming back for more to test their (mini) golf strokes.
3500 Polk St.
Riverside, CA 92505
Founded in 1976, Riverside’s Castle Park amusement park offers up more than 27 rides and four championship miniature golf courses. Courses here vary from beginner to pro and are meticulously formed to feature waterfalls, fountains and rapids. They each have their own theme and stunt buildings too, and there are more than 4,700 lights that transform the courses for a night time experience. No matter your age, you will enjoy your time at the park, whether you decide to utilize the miniature golf courses or the many other activities available.
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Family Fun Center
24950 Madison Ave.
Murrieta, CA 92562
Just a short drive from the heart of Orange County is the Murrieta venue of the Family Fun Center. Here, visitors enjoy everything from laser tag, water slides, go karts, a rock wall, a merry-go-round, and more. But, one of the stand out activities is mini-golf where you can take a swing and test your skills on one of their 18-hole themed courses with water and sand traps that make for a challenging and fun experience.
Golf n’ Stuff
10555 Firestone Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650
As the name suggests, Golf n’ Stuff offers more than just golf. But, at this amusement park, the mini-golf course is as unique as it comes. Offering a selection of activities such as go karting, bumper boats, and more, Norwalk’s Golf N Stuff has a lush landscape including water features and more for those looking to be challenged in golf.