Since 1979, Kiddie Acres has been giving children 10 and under an amusement-park experience all their own. Here, they can hop aboard a carousel, ferris wheel, airplane, jeep, or pony before testing out their putting skills on the obstacle-riddled 18-round mini golf course.
Since the 1940s, pairs have been playfully showing each other how to properly putt around Peter Pan’s whimsical obstacles, including its giant T-Rex—an Austin icon. A BYOB-policy allows couples to toast each hole-in-one scored on either of the two 18-hole courses, and those celebrating birthdays can even call ahead and have their name put on the marquee for free.
The phosphorescent indoor landscape at Monster Mini Golf immerses putters in an eerie universe that inverts the sun-soaked cheer of conventional courses. Rimmed in glowing green barriers, 18 holes lure swingers of all sizes to challenge their coordination and resolve in the face of winged monsters, scowling animated trees, a creepy clown, and their opponents' shockingly dazzling smiles. Sheltered from searing rain and howling wind, the indoor course enables play around hazards such as a spell well and luminous, ghostly windmill at any time of the year. An in-house radio station and DJ mask the sound of pounding hearts with lively beats and course commentary, and golfers looking for additional glory can win prizes by participating in regular contests or at the on-site arcade.
An electrifying array of games, golf, and high-speed competition cater to adrenaline aficionados of all ages at Malibu Grand Prix’s bustling amusement center. Lead-footed motorists can experience unlimited access to Malibu's high-performance go-karts, zipping around hairpin turns, picking up speed on straightaways, and flying over banked curves with a passenger in tow aboard Malibu's safe and speedy four-wheeled chariots. Like the violent water warfare portrayed in Monet's Water Lilies, aqueous enthusiasts can hop aboard bumper boats to execute broadside collisions or blasts from the onboard water cannon to drench dry loved ones. A variety of electronic entertainment populates the game room, while the thoughtful, zen-like meditation that is miniature golf makes for a relaxing way to cap off an afternoon of speed.
To say David Leadbetter knows a thing or two about golf would be a radical understatement. Since becoming an instructor more than 30 years ago, David has helped his students collect more than a dozen Major Championships and more than 100 individual worldwide tournament victories. Today, at 29 David Leadbetter Golf Academies across 13 different countries, golfers continue to receive top-flight instruction based on David's innovative teaching techniques.
Inside the main building at Leadbetter Golf Center of Central Texas, golfers hone their short games inside a state-of-the-art video room outfitted with high-tech software and mirrored walls so they can see if the ball is flinching before they tap it. From there, they can practice chipping at a 12,000-square-foot pitching area; take aim at a 35,000-square-foot wedge range; or let it fly at 75,000-square-foot grass driving range. To further chop away at their scores, students can turn to the facility's instructors during lessons for both adult and youth players. Golfers can also refresh themselves after with tasty food and drinks from Sports Bar, or grab a bucket of beer to take along to the golf practice areas.
The successive pinging of golf balls as they speed toward distant targets at Cedar Park Driving Range is a welcoming sound to visiting golfers, almost therapeutic. The expansive facility boasts 12 grass hitting bays for players who prefer a natural feel as well as 18 shaded stations with mat hitting bays, 10 of which cool down hardworking golfers and parched sand wedges with a water-misting system. Four circular targets—positioned at distances of 25, 50, 75, and 100 yards—help players dial in approach shots, while five distance markers—stationed at 50-yard intervals from 100 to 300 yards—help golfers gauge how far their golf-ball trebuchet is capable of sending a ball. Cedar Park Driving Range also has more than 100 clubs that they rent out free of charge.