As most of you know, I really love playing golf. When I was on Feherty recently, we talked about how golf is a funny game: Just when I think I’ve got it, I don’t. I think I’m playing well, my swing is on fire, my putting is great and then I’m looking at my clubs like I’ve never seen them before. Golf is the hardest, trickiest sport, and it goes to show just how mentally challenging the game is. I love the competitiveness of it all because you’re not only competing against your opponent, you’re also competing against the course and yourself.
Which is why, every once in a while it’s a good idea to put down the fancy clubs, walk away from the stress-inducing holes and shots, grab the family, and go get your putt-putt on. Mini golf is good for whatever ails you (if you don’t believe me, check out how much fun Sara, Keke, and I had when we played a round in Times Square). There’s limited pressure and, most of the time when you mess up, it doesn’t matter because everyone is laughing along with you. In honor of tomorrow’s Miniature Golf Day, I put together a list of some of the coolest mini-links courses in the country.
Philly Mini Golf: The historic city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is rendered in miniature at this Franklin Square–situated mini-golf course. Each hole features a famous City of Brotherly Love landmark, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the iconic LOVE statue.
Pelly’s Mini Golf: Located at the Del Mar Golf Center, in Del Mar, California, Pelly’s features not one but two 18-hole putt-putt courses: Pelly’s Ocean Adventure, with nearly two dozen sculptures of marine life like dolphins, sharks, sea lions, and whales; and Pelly’s Surfin’ Safari, a mini-golf homage to Southern California’s favorite pastime.
Par-King Skill Golf: It’s known as “the world’s most unusual golf course,” which makes it a shoo-in for this list. With not one but two 18-hole courses boasting 19 mechanized obstacles and seven water features—including an elevator replica of Chicago’s Willis Tower and the “Super Looper” roller coaster—there’s fun to be had for golfers of all skill levels (pro tip: children must be 48 inches tall to play).
Monster Mini Golf: No game should be called on account of rain—or lack of daylight, either. The black lights at Monster Mini Golf illuminate an 18-hole, glow-in-the-dark, indoor golf course that is surrounded by a virtual canvas and robotic monsters. It’s a sensory explosion that needs to be seen to be believed; and with locations around the country, there’s sure to be a Monster Mini Golf near you.