When it comes to a fun activity for the whole family, it’s hard to beat the allure of mini golf. Kids and adults alike love the challenge of playing on these quirky Detroit-area courses.
Great Lakes Golf Center
3951 Joslyn Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Price: $5 ages 12 and younger/$6 ages 13 and older/$5 seniors 65 and older
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Great Lakes Golf Center offers three 18-hole miniature golf courses. Outside, two adventure-style courses keep games fun and interesting. Inside a heated dome – the world’s largest – a mountain-style course includes rivers, ponds and waterfalls. Rental for special events or birthday parties is available for all three courses. Great Lakes also offers indoor and outdoor driving ranges, golf lessons from PGA professionals and an indoor, high-definition golf simulator that’s as close as you can get to the real thing.
Oasis Golf Center
39500 Five Mile Rd.
Plymouth, MI 48170
Price: $4 children younger than 12/$6 12 and older
Hours: Sun to Tues, Thurs to Sat – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Wed – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The mini golf course at Oasis Golf Center underwent a total renovation for the 2012 season. Eighteen tropical-themed holes provide a challenging game for any skill level and ensure entertainment for the entire family. Oasis also offers a heated indoor range under its double-decker dome, an outdoor range and golf lessons. During the summer, Oasis’ Camp Mirage offers all-day entertainment for kids.
45799 Grand River
Novi, MI 48374
Price: $5.75 regular admission/$4 seniors and children younger than 6 on weekdays/$5 seniors and children younger than 6 on weekends
Hours: Wed to Thurs – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri – 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
At Paradise Park, visitors are immediately greeted with the bright colors, streams and waterfalls of the mini-golf course. The main waterfall is part of the ninth hole, adding a touch of excitement to the already fun, challenging game. Paradise Park also offers go-carts, soccer cages, a climbing wall, laser tag, trampoline and arcade, making it an ideal spot for special events and parties.
Putterz Golf and Games
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Price: $6 for one game of 18 holes/$9 for two games/$10 for three games/$40 for 10 games with multiple players
Hours: Mon – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Tues – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wed through Sun – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Putterz course, formerly known as Putt-Putt Golf and Games, features 54 jungle-themed, mini-golf holes. Kids will love the animal statues scattered around the grounds, including an elephant and a candy-striped zebra. Tuesday and Saturday mornings, the course offers an all-you-can-play session with unlimited mini golf plus 15 game-room tokens for $8 per person. In additon to the golf courses and game room, Putterz featuers a batting cage to exhaust the whole family before it’s time to head home.
Royal Oak Golf Center
3500 Edgar Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Price: $6.50 adults/$4.50 seniors 65 and older and children ages 4 to 12/free kids 3 and younger with paid round or $4.50 individually
Hours: 11 a.m. to dark, weather permitting
The Royal Oak Golf Center has been serving the Metro Detroit area since opening its driving range in the 1950s. Over the years, it has grown to include a short-game area with a sand bunker, large putting green, lessons for juniors and adults, and of course, an 18-hole mini golf course. The mountain-style adventure course incorporates water hazards, lush landscaping and a fountain to keep the game interesting for everyone. Group rates are available, along with seasonal all-you-can-play pricing.
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Jennifer Walker is a freelance writer living in Detroit. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.