Illustration by Kate Worum
Minneapolis-St.Paul Mini Golf Guide
Big Bear Mini Putt at Golf Zone
825 Flying Cloud Dr., Chaska 952-445-1500
Hours: M 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tu-Th 9 a.m.-9 p.m., F 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sa-Su 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Price: $7.50 for adults; $6.50 for kids under 14 $1 off per person for groups of 10 or more
While the kids practice putting through 18 holes of indoor pine trees and water hazards, you can work on your backswing at the driving range or grab some adult beverages at the bar. Great for birthday parties.
Burnsville Grand Slam
12425 River Ridge Blvd., Burnsville 952-224-0413
Hours: Su-Th 10 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
Price: $4 per person
Cheap and pirate-themed, this 18-hole course offers the advantage of a host of other kid-friendly games on the premises. (Bumper car battle, anyone?)
Coon Rapids Grand Slam
2941 Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids 763-427-1959
Hours: Su-Th 10 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa, 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
Price: $3.95 per person
It’s medieval-themed in Coon Rapids. Become queen or king of the course, then meander on over to the snack bar for some royal cheese curds.
Moose Mountain Adventure Golf at Nickelodeon Universe
(Mall of America) 5000 Center Court, Bloomington 952-883-8938
Hours: M-Sa 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Price: $8 for adults; $26 for groups of four, each additional player up to 7 is an additional $6; 5 and under free
Strewn with imitation wildlife and kitschy old logging supplies, this 18-hole course will satisfy your penchant for putting and, incidentally, provide a definitive answer to that age-old question: “What’s the plural of ‘moose’?” (Just “moose,” btw).
Big Back Yard Mini-Golf at the Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul 651-221-9444
Opens May 27
Hours: Tu-Sa 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Su 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Price: Museum admission + $4.50 for adults; $3 for kids ages 4-12 and seniors (60+); $5 after 5 p.m. (no need to purchase museum admission)
Are you up to date on the complex dynamics of erosion? How about the mechanics of hydraulics? Yeah, neither were we . . . until we played a round of mini-golf at the Science Museum of Minnesota. This 9-hole course overlooking the Mississippi River is packed with nine informative (and entertaining!) science lessons, and it’s only five bucks after 5 p.m.
Big Stone Mini Golf
7110 County Rd. 110 Ext, Minnetrista 952-472-9292
Opens April 15 (weather permitting)
Hours: 10 a.m. until sundown daily
Price: $7 for adults; $6 for kids 8 and under
Artist Bruce Stillman’s quirky, impeccably crafted greens are well worth the drive out to Minnetrista. This 17-acre plot is filled with unique modernist sculptures. Don’t just take our word for it; Stillman’s wacky mini-golf course earned him a nod from The New York Times back in October.
Captain’s Course Miniature Golf
1360 Civic Center Dr., Eagan 651-675-5577
Opens June 7
Hours: 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Price: $2 per person; $4 for unlimited golf (with paid admission to the pool)
After a refreshing dip in Cascade Bay Water Park, enjoy a casual round of mini-golf at Captain’s Course. This 9-hole course is an affordable, fun idea for a lazy summer afternoon.
Centennial Lakes Park
7499 France Ave. S., Edina 952-833-9580
Opens May 1
Hours: Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to sunset daily
Price: $5 per person for 9 holes; $9 a person for 18 holes
Nestled in the southeastern corner of Edina, this 24-acre park features a small putting course with sand traps, gardens, and ponds. Recommended for kids aged 8 and older, you may want to leave the very little tykes at home for this one.
Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center
11000 Bass Lake Rd., Plymouth 763-694-7695
Opens first weekend of April (weather dependent)
Hours: 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Price: $6 for adults; $5 for kids aged 8-17
In addition to the standard 18-hole miniature golf course, Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center also offers lessons so your kids can learn to putt like a pro.
1349 Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids 763-755-1450
Opens Spring 2013 (weather dependent)
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily (after May 27)
Price: $7 for adults; $5 for kids under 42”
Lilli Putt has been entertaining kids and families for more than 50 years. Hop on over to this 18-hole course in Coon Rapids for an afternoon of putting, playing, and maybe a little go-karting.
The Links Miniature Golf at Dred Scott
10820 Bloomington Ferry Rd., Bloomington 952-941-2444
Hours: April 15-June 1: M-F 3-9 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m. June 1 through Labor Day: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Price: $7 for adults; $5 for kids (12 and under) and seniors (62 and older); $1 off total price for groups of 15-30 players; $2 off total price for groups of 30 or more
Bloomington rolled out this classic miniature golf course a little less than 20 years ago. Its simple design and minimal distractions continue to draw in folks of all ages.
Malt-Tees Mini Golf & Malt Shop
(formerly Adventure Gardens Mini-Golf) 6335 Portland Ave., Richfield 612-861-0668
Opens May 2013 (weather permitting)
Hours: Until Memorial Day: Sa-Su 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day: Su-F 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sa, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Price: $7.50 per person; $5.75 for kids aged 6-17 or seniors (55+)
Ah, ice cream and mini-golf. Is there a more sacred combination? We think not. When fall rolls around, keep Malt-Tees on the radar: they’ve got a pumpkin patch, too.
Putt-er There Mini-Golf
1300 Midway Parkway, St. Paul 651-488-0277
Opens May 27
Hours: M-Sa 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Su 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Price: $2.50 per person for 9 holes; $5 per person for 18 holes
This pun-ny course has been a Como Park staple for more than 50 years. You’ll find all the classic mini-golf trappings here: gardens, fountains, a windmill, a loop, and even a genuine Minneapolis streetcar.
Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini-Golf
(Walker Art Center) 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. 612-375-7564
Opens May 23
Hours: Th-Sa 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Su-W 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Price: $12 for adults; $10 for students; $9 for Walker members and kids 12 and under
Step onto greens among Minneapolis’s most famed art and architecture. Eccentric and expansive, the Walker’s upcoming courses will be artist-designed and scattered with garden gnomes, mazes, and other fun oddities. They’ll also feature two holes designed by students at the U of M.