Updated March 2017
It’s Spring, friends. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and the mini golf places are opening back up. Can you guess which of these things my boys are most excited about? Mini golf actually gives kids great practice with small and large motor skills, and they can practice math with the score sheet. We also allow rampant cheating if frustration is setting in-temper tantrums are supposed to be for the real golfers! Here’s a rundown of our favorite area putt putt places.
The Putting Zoo, Puyallup-You see this one from 167. The owner has had a long running feud with city officials, which he displays on colorful roadside banners. Don’t be put off by this; it’s a fun and friendly place. It’s a little tricky to find because you have to loop down a little back road sort of past the Cannery. There are two golf courses to choose from, both of which are pleasingly retro, complete with windmills, water features, and fading paint. It’s 6.00 for anyone over 48″ Those under 48″ but over 40″ are 3.00. The smaller set are free. There is also a bogo coupon in the Entertainment Book. They take cash only, and if you have to use their ATM it has a 3.00 fee. There are also go-karts and batting cages for an additional cost. You should also know that if you choose the water course, the river on hole 10 is part of the course-no need to try to fish your ball out and go for a slimy swim like Henry did-twice.
Parkland Putters This spot is a long time favorite that will have you feeling nostalgic. It’s closed for winter November-February. They ask that you call for hours of operation 253 588 2977 They do close up if the weather is bad, so call before you head out….you probably won’t get a person, but they update their recording.
Tower Lanes Entertainment Center A newer course that came in with a major renovation and ownership change a while back-this used to just be a bowling alley, for those of you who grew up around here.
Performance Golf Center in Gig Harbor-This is a full service golf center with a mini golf course. It’s just after the bridge, and a game will cost you 5.00 for adults and 4.00 for kids-one of the more reasonably priced places if you don’t have to pay that pesky bridge toll.
For affordable, family fun head to Cascade Mini Golf in Yelm Adults are 5.00; kids are 4.00; under 5s are 3.00, and they offer a 1.00 off for members of the military. Opens in April. The course doesn’t have the, “Wow!” features of some or the retro feel of others, but it’s a clean and bright outdoor venue, and they offer special night golfing and impromptu parties-how many places do you know that encourage you to have a pizza delivered?
Shankz Glow Golf Olympia 3-D; black light; mini golf Sounds like a spring break destination to me! There might be a coupon in the Entertainment Book. I can’t seem to find mine at the moment, but it would be worth a look because the prices are going to make yours eye pop-even before you put on the glasses (ahem…that will be 1.50 extra)!
Did I leave out your preferred putt putt place? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear about it!
Budget tight? My oldest spent the better part of several afternoons last summer making his own course with some old junk from the garage. It was great fun, though I’m pretty sure the neighbors were less than thrilled.