Mini-golf in Austin is truly a great activity for the whole family. Even the youngest kids can have fun chasing balls around and marveling at the various obstacles, while the grown-ups can unleash their competitive spirit and maybe enjoy a cold beverage.
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Austin has a number of miniature golf places that each put their unique spin on the “sport,” from indoor glow-in-the dark courses to kitschy, colorful ones. My son is a mini-golf fanatic, so we have ventured to almost all of them.
Here are the best mini-golf courses in and around Austin.
Peter Pan Mini-Golf 1207 Barton Springs Rd.
We have to start with this iconic Austin tradition, established in 1948. There are two courses, one easier and one a bit more challenging, and both are filled with whimsical, colorful obstacles and statues of dinosaurs, birds, whales, bunnies, and more. Even little ones who can’t golf enjoy exploring and climbing around. The course is BYOB and sno-cones are available for purchase.
Duke’s Adventure Golf 1716 E. Slaughter Ln.
This newer course is well-maintained, with scenic holes and fun features like caves and waterfalls. My kids played one hole over and over that sent the ball shooting down a mini waterfall. When we visited, there was a sno-cone truck in the parking lot.
Monster Mini-Golf 3916 Gattis School Rd., Round Rock
Unfortunately, the summer heat in Austin can make outdoor mini-golf unpleasant, but this indoor course is a great option if you still want to get your mini-golf fix. It’s a glow-in-the-dark course with inventive holes and plenty of spooky fun. There can be a crowd on the weekends, but there is a whole arcade to keep you busy while you wait your turn.
Main Event 13301 N. Hwy 183
Another indoor, glow-in-the-dark option is Main Event in North Austin. They also have bowling, rock climbing, laser tag, and an arcade.
Cen-Tex Mini-Golf 5020 Airport Rd., Georgetown
This course is great for the whole family, with 18 nicely landscaped holes that are both fun and challenging. Cen-Tex offers snacks and arcade games, as well as evening events for adults.
Dreamland 2770 W. Hwy 290, Dripping Springs
This is our favorite course next to Peter Pan, because it’s full of interesting sculptures and colorful, quirky holes. There is an easier Dream Course and a challenge course, both 18 holes. After golfing, you can check out the playground, splash pad, and pickleball courts, and enjoy a meal and a cocktail.
Memorial Mini-Golf and Museum 1710 N. Farm to Market 1626, Buda
This miniature golf course is actually part of a military museum, and there are educational history lessons tied into a fun golfing experience. Each hole on the well-shaded course is dedicated to a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, or Vietnam. There is also an indoor course located inside the museum.
Austin’s 16231 N. Hwy 35, Pflugerville
Austin’s has two 18-hole mini-golf courses in a scenic setting with water features, and many of the holes include a special challenge game you can play to make it more interesting. The park also has an on-site bar and grill, and offers many other experiences including go-karts, bumper boats, laser tag, batting cages, bowling, and an arcade.