Mini-cameras are for espionage and miniskirts are for nights on the town, but mini-golf is truly a game for all seasons. There’s something irreplaceably silly and fun about putting through a moving windmill’s arms or banking a tee shot around an S-curve fairway made of artificial turf. With that in mind, here are Austin’s top five miniature golf courses.
Peter Pan Mini Golf
With two 18-hole courses to choose from and 70 years of history to lend legitimacy, Peter Pan Mini Golf is the Austin course to play if you’re only playing one. Players age 6 and over pay $7 to putt through one course, or $11 for both East (Yellow) and West (Blue) courses. In addition to totemic décor like the towering T-Rex, the holes sport funky items like a pair of giant Chucks sized for King Kong’s feet.
Know before you go: Open daily 9 am to midnight and Saturdays until 1 am. Cash only, or use on-site ATM. Coolers are cool, but glass containers are not.
1207 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin’s Park n’ Pizza
Technically in Pflugerville, Austin’s Park n’ Pizza has enough active entertainment options for a metro area’s worth of fun. A $7 golf-only pass supplies unlimited play on the two 18-hole courses. A $26.95 play pass gets you all the go-karts, laser tag, bumper boats, rock wall, and assorted midway-style rides you can handle.
Know before you go: Hours vary by season, but generally run from 10 am to about 11 pm. Another $5 lets you belly up to the all-you-can-eat buffet.
Up your mini-game in a big way at the indoor blacklight course inside this massive entertainment complex. At Main Event, golf shares space with banks of video games, laser tag, billiards tables, and rock climbing walls. Golf is $9 plus tax per person per round.
Know before you go: Main Event is your late-night option, cranking up at 10 am daily day except Saturday, when doors open at 9 am. Main Event is open until midnight except Monday, Friday, and Saturday when it remains open until 2 am.
13301 N. US Hwy 183.
Monster Mini Golf
At Round Rock’s indoor blacklight mini-golf course talking, wriggling monsters animate each of the 18 holes. Big Monsters (also known as adults) pay $10 to golf, and tee off is noon to 9 pm on Monday through Thursday and until 10 pm on Friday. Extended Saturday hours run 11 am to 10 pm and Sundays from noon to 8 pm.
Know before you go: Adding a game of laser tag requires another $6.
3916 Gattis School Rd.
Daybreak Miniature Golf Park
Way out west on the shores of Lake Travis, Daybreak Miniature Golf Park offers — naturally — a plethora of water features as well as more challenging-than-usual holes ranging in length up to 50 feet. The first game costs an economical $6 per golfer, with subsequent rounds $4 a person.
Know before you go: Consider checking Groupon for Daybreak deals before you head out.
5971 Hiline Rd.