Mini-golf in Los Angeles is all fun and games on a cool summer morning before the height of the heat or on a weekend afternoon during any time of the year. This favorite activity is pure enjoyment for kids and parents alike, and even brings out that friendly family competitiveness. Mini-golf in Los Angeles can be a real crowd-pleaser for kids of all ages.
Like the big version of the sport, the miniature version can be a pleasant way to pass the time, and there's little chance of getting bored with all the other entertainment these places pack in. From putting purists to adrenaline junkies, mini-golf in Los Angeles will keep the whole family amused.
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The name says it all. This classic mini-golf amusement park in Ventura and Norwood offers an arcade, go-kart tracks, bumper boats, bumper cars, and plenty of that pizza you'd expect to find at a miniature golf course. Movie trivia buffs like the Norwood location, so they can putt in the same place The Karate Kid did.
Real golfing parents are not necessarily drawn to courses with arcades and pizza. They might want their kids to get a mini-golf experience that feels closer to the original game of golf. Arroyo Seco is a legit golf course that has a very pleasant and relatively quiet nine-hole mini-golf course without bells or whistles (though there is a mini windmill; there always has to be a mini windmill).
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Mini-golf on Catalina Island, a block from the beach, is a hole-in-one. Photo courtesy of Golf Gardens
Catalina Island has no shortage of activities, but if you're just hanging around Avalon for the day, check out Golf Gardens. Located in the center of town, this little putt-putt course is just a block from the beach. The year-round well-shaded course is simple and relatively stripped down from some of the wilder decorations you'd find at other mini-golf establishments — yes, we said there always has to be a windmill, but we'll make an exception in this case.
MB2 is an all-in-one adventure park in Santa Clarita with mini-golf, go-karts, virtual reality games, laser tag, food, and drinks. The course is double the fun, with 36 holes adorned with lush decorations featuring waterfalls, caves, and caverns. After a long day of putting around, the bar and grill have all the classics like pizza, burgers, hot dogs, tacos, wings, and more.
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6. Boomers — Irvine & City of Industry
Another all-under-one-roof entertainment capital, Boomers offers mini-golf plus a whole lot more. Go-karts, bumper boats, batting cages, and a rock wall could be things you miss on your way to the carnival, roller coasters, laser tag, and mini-golf. If you think you can bring kids here and have them just play a round of miniature golf, good luck.
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Rule the mini-golf course. Photo courtesy of Camelot Golfland
Look twice, and you might think you're looking at another very popular castle in Anaheim (we see you, Disneyland). The mini-golf course at Camelot features Spanish forts with shooting water cannons, and a jungle safari. It is Camelot, after all. And what would Camelot be without jousting? Laser jousting, that is. Luckily, after all that hard work, and laser-jousting, golfer knights can cool off on a water slide, just like Lancelot used to.
If you're willing to drive down the coast a bit, Pelly's Mini-Golf at the Del Mar Golf Center is an enjoyable option. The course has a nautical theme, which is unsurprising considering its location just a few miles from the coast. There are two separate courses, "Surfin' Safari" and "Ocean Adventure," both of which will deliver hours of fun.
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This one is worth the drive! What can you do at Mulligan's? The question is, what can't you do? You'll have to stay focused on only playing miniature golf, as it's nestled between laser tag, go-karts, paddle boats, a rock wall, an arcade, and batting cages (though we know other places with batting cages too). Mini-golf is available on two 18-hole courses, complete with water and sand traps.
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Mini-golf is just the start of all the fairway fun. Photo courtesy of Castle Park in Riverside
That's right, this is a completely different castle park from the one in Sherman Oaks. Castle Park in Riverside is chock full of entertainment, including rides, a water park, shows, an arcade, and more. If you're just interested in miniature golf, there are four separate 18-hole courses to choose from (or play them all!).
If your game extends into the evening, 4,700 lights that illuminate the beautifully decorated courses. It's also right next door to the beloved Buccaneer Cove Water Park, and you can purchase an all-access four-pack pass to both attractions.
Best Indoor Mini-Golf in Los Angeles
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Indoor mini-golf in Los Angeles is dino-mite. Photo courtesy of the Wonder of Dinosaurs
Dino-themed mini-golf is just one of the attractions at Wonder of Dinosaurs in the South Bay Galleria. Mini-golf is an add-on to the regular price of admission to the largest dino display on the west coast, but it only costs $2 a round. Unlike Jurassic Park, at Wonder of Dinosaurs, there's no risk of being eaten by a T-Rex while you try to sink that putt.
GLO is another indoor course located at a mall — in this case, it's the Tyler Galleria in Riverside. Yes, there's an added challenge to this mini-golf course, with 27 holes featuring glow-in-the-dark obstacles and hidden challenges. Plus, you have the option of adding 3D glasses. After golfing, there are other activities, like an arcade that features virtual reality games and an escape room.
Take a break from the water at Great Wolf Lodge and plunge into a game of glow-in-the-dark golf at Howl at the Moon GlowGolf. No, this isn't the famous piano bar that used to be at Universal Studios CityWalk. Instead, this is a kid-friendly course with black lighting and a foresty nature theme.
Unlike more expansive courses on this list, Howl at the Moon is only nine holes. It costs $7 a person to play, and note that you also need admission to the water park to play.
Bring Mini-Golf Right To You
Not really interested in making a drive to play mini-golf? You can bring the course to you with Los Angeles Pop-Up Mini-Golf. They'll bring a nine-hole course right to you! The courses are customized, so if you're a pro at putting, they can make it more challenging. It's a great option for party rentals, though they'll set up their putt-putt course for just about any event.
Now, For Something Completely Different — FootGolf in Los Angeles
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Kick golf into high gear. FootGolf photo courtesy JC Golf
Sure, it's not exactly mini-golf, but active kids will love playing soccer on a golf course, especially if you've already played rounds and rounds of mini-golf in Los Angeles at all the best courses. FootGolf is a hybrid of soccer and golf.
How do you play? Well, it's pretty self-explanatory. The rules are just like regular golf, except you're booting a soccer ball instead of teeing off and gently tapping it into oversized holes on the greens. Here are a few courses in Los Angeles that offer this unique new sport.
Tee times at Arcadia Golf Course are from noon to 6pm daily. Bring your own soccer ball or rent one from the Pro Shop. This is the first 18-hole FootGolf course in the region.
If you're in Orange County, the Lake Forest Golf Course has FootGolf. You can choose between a nine-hole or 18-hole course. If you're not satisfied with your score, buy a replay for just $5.
On the other side of the metro area is Lake Lindero Golf Course. It's only $10 for adults to play a round and $7 for juniors (ages 16 and under).