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4 Themed Mini-golf Courses

With attractions like pirate ships and prehistoric beasts, these courses are a hole lotta fun.

Dinosaur Adventure Golf

1. Dinosaur Adventure Golf

Niagara Falls, Ontario
There’s nothing prehistoric about a round of Jurassic putt: with two eighteen-hole courses and over 6,500 square meters of playing grounds, this is one of Canada’s favourite minigolf destinations. Play through an “active” steam-spewing volcano, over winding lagoons, past bubbling rapids, 50 life-size replicas of Mesozoic fauna, and – if the winding greens aren’t challenging enough – see how many of the beasts you can name.

4960 Clifton Hill, (905) 358-3676
 

2. Big Stone Mini Golf

Minnetrista, Minnesota
When Bruce Stillman’s proposal for a mini-golf course in a public park got turned down by local politicians, the sculptor changed his angle of approach. Now, the front lawn of his mid-nineteenth century dairy farm is the site of a mini-putt-cum-sculpture garden that’s the ultimate comeback shot. Golfers flock to Big Stone to play the 13 challenging holes, which are sculptures in and of themselves.

7110 Country Road 110W, (952) 472-9292
 

Rocket Park Mini Golf

3. Rocket Park Mini Golf

New York
Budding scientists putt their way through the laws of gravity on the New York Hall of Science’s nine-hole course. Despite the 1960s space-age aesthetic (the bright, Verner Pantonesque organic shapes are the work of Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership), there’s nothing retro about this high-tech course. Players sink their ball by following such space travel principles as propulsion, escape velocity and gravitational assist for a game that’s truly out of this world.

47-01 111th Street, (718) 699-0005
 

4. The Original Adventure Golf Treasure Island

Auckland
It’s a pirate’s life at this airport-adjacent mini-golf complex, complete with ship and treasure caves for exploring. Buccaneers of all ages will also approve of its 36 holes – choose from either the Captain’s course or Blackbeard’s – set among desert flora and naturalistic waterfalls. Helpful staff are on hand to arrange anything from lunch catered by nearby Papillon Café to a golf clinic with PGA pros at the driving range next door.

Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, 011 64  09 275-7531

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