Have you gotten your golf on lately? This is one of my kids’ favorite things to do, though their rampant cheating and poor sportsmanship gets pretty old by hole 18.
Mini golf gives kids great practice with small and large motor skills, and they can practice math with the score sheet. Here’s a rundown of our favorite area putt putt places.
Miniature Golf at the Riverbend Golf Course in Kent prices start at 4.50-a good deal! We haven’t been to this one.
The Putting Zoo at Mike N Terry’s Puyallup-You see this one from 167. The owner frequently displays his political leanings on large 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 may be a bogo coupon in the Entertainment Book. They take cash only, and if you have to use their ATM (It’s right behind the counter) 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– Long time area favorite with several old school courses to choose from. 5.50 for kids; 6.50 for grown-ups; you get a discount if you do multiple games/courses. Friendly staff and the kids can win ribbons and trophies. The courses don’t have a lot in the way of attractions, but they have a true range of skill levels from easy to practically impossible. Call first as their hours vary by day and season. I know…..
Tower Lanes Tacoma 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. If you can get over the fact that you’re indoors, it’s a fun course.
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. **At the moment, their mini golf link is bad. This info. has not been verified for 2015-call first.
Marvin Road Mini Golf Now the only spot for mini golf near Lacey/Olympia 7.00/person I haven’t been here, but the course looks cute.
Shankz Glow Golf Chehalis 3-D; black light; mini golf This spot used to be in Olympia. It’s now officially out of SFM, “Territory,” but we’ve included it for your information. Looks like a ton of fun, though it’s on the pricey side.
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.