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Unique Mini-Golf Courses To Putt at Around the Country

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More Than Child's Play

Miniature golf is an affordable activity for young and old alike and occasionally a step into fantastical surroundings. The game has been around since the 1920s, and today there are several thousand courses in the United States that run the gamut in features from child-friendly to more grown up. A small number, meanwhile, are known for their out-of-the-box conceits. Even the most unusual courses are a relative bargain. For $15 or less, players get to enjoy whimsical sights that, not incidentally, add to the challenge of the game.


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Par King
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Par-King

Lincolnshire, Illinois
Par-King calls itself the world's most unusual golf course, perhaps for good reason. The 18-hole course was once considered the "Taj Mahal of mini-golf" when first opened in the 1950s. The course still boasts a dazzling array of moving obstacles, including a roller coaster, golf ball elevator, carousel, and castle, all of which set up a challenge for even the most seasoned mini-golfers. Oh, and don't forget a visit to the course's own Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty. Admission starts at $14.

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Disney's Fantasia Gardens
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Disney's Fantasia Gardens

Orlando, Florida
Fantasia Gardens is designed for all ages with adjacent courses at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. One course features whimsical scenes and music from the classic movie "Fantasia," and the other is a scaled-down version of a regular golf course with water hazards, sand traps, and sloping greens. Smithsonian magazine calls this miniature course one of the most difficult in America. Pricing is $12 for children and $14 for adults.

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Hawaiian Rumble Golf & Batting Cages
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Hawaiian Rumble

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 
North Myrtle Beach is considered the mini-golf capital of the world, and Hawaiian Rumble offers an epic distraction that challenges even the most seasoned players. A 40-foot volcano erupts frequently, making the course shake and players quake. The 18-hole course is a tropical paradise, complete with live parrots that otherwise could be found on the Big Island of Hawaii. This course is also home of the annual MiniGolf Masters. Cost is $16 per person.

Around the World Golf
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Around the World Golf

Lake George, New York
Around the World Golf has been a popular destination for putt-putt enthusiasts for more than 50 years. There are two 18-hole "itineraries" players can choose between — a trip around the world or a trip around the United States. At each hole golfers find replicas of attractions associated with various locales, such as the New York City subway and a Dutch windmill. One game is $9.50.

Lexington Ice Center
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Lexington Ice Center

Lexington, Kentucky
Golf may be a religious experience for some, and this mini-golf course takes that belief to the next level. Lexington Ice Center incorporates three 18-hole courses grouped by biblical themes: Old Testament, New Testament, and Miracles. Visit Mount Sinai and Jonah the Whale, and putt through the parting of the Red Sea. With biblical verses located at each hole, players can truly pray that they hit a hole in one. Unlimited course play is $11.50.

Glowing Greens
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Glowing Greens

Portland and Beaverton, Oregon
The 18-hole Glowing Greens is an indoor black light fantasy for all ages. Go on a pirate adventure with animated skeletons and undersea journeys, or visit an alien land, all in spooky fluorescent lighting. Adults play for $14 when booked online.

Urban Putt
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Urban Putt

San Francisco
This course combines interactive art with tasty food and drinks and a 14-hole mini-golf course. The one-of-a-kind "Sleepwalkers" exhibit at Urban Putt features tiny glowing characters that respond to visitors' hands. The course also is known for its gourmet menu, making the spot a popular destination for dates and family gatherings. Playing is $14 for adults.

Hollywood Drive-In Golf
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Hollywood Drive-In Golf

Orlando, Florida
Hollywood Drive-In Golf is an 18-hole course where players enter a 1950s drive-in movie experience. The course design is based on scenes from old-time horror and sci-fi movies. (Note to families: The course is advertised as appropriate for all ages.) Some fun effects include giant spiders and space worms and a towering alien robot. This course is one of the more expensive options at $19 for adults.

Mayday Golf
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Mayday Golf

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 

The 18-hole Mayday Golf is one of the star attractions in this mini-golf mecca. The premise here is that players have crash-landed in a golf course on a deserted tropical island. The course leads them on an island exploration, passing by waterfalls, mountains, and other island sights. Then suddenly, a rescue helicopter looms overhead. It's $13 for ages 5 and older.

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Ahlgrim Acres

Palatine, Illinois
We're not sure it can get creepier than Ahlgrim Acres. This short nine-hole course is situated in the basement of a working funeral home, and standout features include a guillotine and a mausoleum (not real ones, though). The course isn't open when an actual funeral is taking place, but the haunted theme is sure to send a chill or two up players' spines. Call ahead for pricing and hours.

Peter Pan Mini Golf
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Peter Pan Mini Golf

Austin, Texas
For 74 years, Austin residents have been hitting up Peter Pan Mini Golf for old school fun. For $8, hit a ball through Peter Pan himself at the entrance, then follow a course with a cast of unique characters like a colorful turtle that you can climb on and a huge Tyrannosaurus Rex that's become an Austin landmark.

KISS by Monster Mini Golf
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KISS by Monster Mini Golf

Las Vegas
This course will seriously make you want to rock and roll all night. This 3,000 square-foot KISS-themed course, located in the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, offers an indoor glow-in-the-dark 18-hole miniature golf course with video and never-seen-before KISS props. When done playing, check out hundreds of pieces of KISS memorabilia you can't see anywhere else, such as an original 70’s KISS Pinball Machine and actual band member guitars.


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Wild Abyss Indoor Mini Golf
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Wild Abyss Indoor Mini Golf

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
This newly-renovated course, located in the Wilderness Hotel in Wisconsin Dells, has enormous tropical aquariums where you can watch all types of sea creatures while you play. It's $6 to play.

Molten Mountain Mini Golf
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Molten Mountain Mini Golf

There's more than one option for golf in Myrtle Beach, which is probably an understatement. This course has an over 50 foot tall volcano that erupts every half hour with fire and steam. There are also 18 holes of air-conditioned mini golf if you can't take the heat (or lava).

Lost Treasure Golf
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Lost Treasure Golf

Branson, Missouri
Professor Duffer A. Hacker was a noted explorer who led expeditions over 100 years ago — this course is designed to make you feel like you're right there with him, searching for gold and diamonds. Hop on a mining car and head up a mountain to reach the first hole on the course, and then follow the professor through an 18-hole expedition.