Over the centuries mini golf has become famously known as the most grueling sport in the world, and for good reason. The muscular athletes, the ferocious hits… they all make mini golf the most, wait… this isn’t right.
Oh mini golf! Sorry, I was thinking of regular golf.
Okay that’s not right either.
Yeesh, you live in Texas long enough and you really do start to think about everything in terms of football.
Anyways, if you’re looking for a fun family outing or a date spot that won’t break the bank, the Austin area has some great mini golf courses to offer.
Map of the Best Miniature Golf Courses around Austin, TX
Indoor Mini Golf Courses
Breaking news! Texas is hot. If you’re looking for a reprieve from the heat or the random downpours, there’s a couple of great options around Austin to putt putt your way to glory town.
Monster Mini Golf and Laser Tag
If you’re looking for the best indoor mini golf experience in the Austin area, this is it. Monster Mini Golf is creative, fun, engaging, and well-run. Oh, and it’s full of monsters! The murals are fantastic, ranging from Rob”hurt” Plant and Willie “Skel”ton to a giant green ogre that may or may not be Shrek’s cousin.
Monster Mini Golf is a truly immersive experience. The entire golfing area is black-lit so make sure to put on your whites and brights and brush your teeth.
The course itself isn’t too difficult, so it’s a great place to take the kids or yourself, if you’re afraid of embarrassment. What’s scarier, embarrassment or monsters? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s at Monster Mini Golf and Laser Tag.
Speaking of fear, for the final hole you’ll have to smack your ball into the mouth of a giant clown, so beware of that. Personally, I’m not a big fan of clowns so I was secretly hoping he might choke on my golf ball but then I remembered that it’s not a real clown. It’s not real it’s not real it’s not real.
In all seriousness this place is the real deal. It’s rarely too crowded and the staff is wonderful. If you’re not satisfied with mini golf or your munchkins need to work off their sugar high, the arcade, laser tag, VR, or laser maze will be sure to do the trick!
- Address: 3916 Gattis School Rd, Ste 112. Round Rock, TX 78664
- Website: Monster Mini Golf
Main Event Mini Golf
If your kids are afraid of monsters, maybe go here instead. With a similar black-lit immersive experience, Main Even Mini Golf has their walls painted with fish instead of monsters. It’s like putting in an aquarium, which is actually scarier for me because I’ve had many rounds of golf where I too often found myself in the water. It’s not real it’s not real it’s not real.
The course is another great place to take the kids because it doesn’t pose the same kind of high-level challenge that regular golf does. It also doesn’t have real water on any of the holes so you don’t have to worry about slicing it into the drink. Really, it’s going to be okay.
Speaking of drink, they have a full service bar and restaurant at Main Event, so if you can’t stand your friend’s children or even your own, step on up and order a vodka soda or five.
Main Event also offers a plethora of other entertainment options, including but not limited to: billiards, virtual reality, laser tag, arcade room, story rooms, a karaoke lounge, an indoor rope course, a new game called multiball (which I guess has a lot of balls in it), mini escape rooms, and more! (You can also play my favorite game, which is called Guess Which has More: your medication’s side effects or Main Event’s entertainment options.)
- Address: 13301 North US HWY 183, Austin, TX 78750
- Website: Main Event Mini Golf
Outdoor Mini Golf Courses
Ah, the great outdoors. Home to bears, werewolves, and double-sided putters. You probably won’t find any bears or werewolves at a mini golf course, but you will find double-sided putters, colorful balls, and who knows… maybe you’ll even find yourself.
Peter Pan Mini Golf
I had a really fun time at this place. There’s not one, but two courses! Two I tell you! And many more silly statues. The statues are great for kids to climb on and be bewildered by and for the adults to make jokes about. I made more good jokes than I did good putts here, but that’s not a bad thing.
One of the courses is said to be harder than the other one, but it’s not too noticeable. Compared to the indoor facilities, Peter Pan Mini Golf provides more of an overall challenge than either of the indoor courses around Austin and is a better place for teenagers or adults.
It can get a bit crowded but it’s byob and is a super fun date spot. I’d recommend coming here if you have a smaller group rather than a gaggle of small children.
Overall, Peter Pan Mini Golf is very Austin. It’s wacky, unique, and a whole lot of fun.
- Address: 1207 Barton Springs Rd, Austin TX 78704
- Website: Peter Pan Mini Golf
Duke’s Adventure Golf
Adventure time! Weeeeeeeee! Duke’s is a classic family-owned mini golf course that is the most aesthetically pleasing of the bunch.
There is water on some of the holes, so if you have PTSD from the second round of your high school golf championship, beware. It’s pretty challenging to hit a ball in the water here but it can be done. Believe in the impossible and it shall be achieved.
Duke’s is the optimal place to take the family and the atmosphere compliments that vibe. It’s cheap and clean, and is also byob. It’s not as busy as Peter Pan’s and parking isn’t an issue. You won’t walk away disappointed, unless you have high expectations for your mini golf game and simply can’t find the stroke.
- Address: 1716 E Slaughter Ln, Austin TX 78747
- Website: Duke’s Adventure Golf