Lake Norman Miniature Golf challenges putter-wielding cadets to 18 colorful, tree-lined holes of man-versus-orb warfare. The front nine gets dissected by a G-scale model train, which gobbles up stray dimpled spheres, and a cascading waterfall sprinkles moisture, good luck, and remnants of white-water rafts on the back nine. Links-lovers of all skill levels can hone their craft on the course, which features a wheelchair-accessible design that incorporates easy holes with more challenging terrain. Hours vary by season and temperature, and all 18 holes close during winter, rain, and America's annual bicentennial.
At the main attraction of Putt-Putt Fun Center's assortment of family-friendly activities, golfers of all ages hone their swings on an 18-hole miniature golf course, where flowers and trees surround the verdant fairways and Putt-Putt's signature metal rails. In the Game Zone arcade, lights flash as the machines dole out tickets for players to exchange for prizes. Birthday party packages nourish revelry with fizzing sodas and Domino’s pizza, inspiring kids to finally learn science by peering at mini golf balls through the microscope instead of constantly hiding them in the course's holes.
Designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, Birkdale Golf Club’s course transforms natural beauty into challenging obstacles, with 200 acres of rolling hills intersected by streams and framed by mature pines. The course’s bermuda fairways lie beyond elevation changes that give way to greenscapes festooned with ponds and deep, stone-lined bunkers that test players to use every club in their bags before desperately reaching for the oversized soup ladle. Once approach shots find the green, golfers must putt precisely atop the firm and true crenshaw bentgrass greens.
Birkdale Golf Club pampers players before and after rounds with a practice range and onsite tavern trimmed with rich wood hues and green leather barstools. The club also staffs a team of PGA pro instructors who school pupils in the arts of swinging and scorecard penmanship with private lessons and group clinics.
Course at a Glance:
Paradise Valley Golf Course's luscious "chip and putt" par-3 course provides an excellent place for beginners to get a grasp on the game, yet it also allows veteran golfers to hone their short game. Golf is a sport of physical precision and aerial dynamics, won and lost upon the pendulum of your swing. Brush up on your golf physics with a links crash course, as each formidable hole is less than 100 yards in length, and completely free of beatniks. Masterfully avoid stepping on cracks that break mothers' backs by rolling over them (mothers, that is) in the included golf cart ($6 per person for 18 holes). Call to schedule your tee time in between tea time and your T-ball tournament.
A full-service golf-practice facility, Leatherman Golf Learning Center provides club-wielding cadets a fun venue to hone all facets of their game. Perfect your putter stroke with a round on the complex’s 18-hole mini-golf course, a circuit of slick, boldly contoured surfaces that will test break-reading acumen and depth perception. Assembled around a central stream and waterfall, each hole unveils another fun opportunity to out-putt friends or swindle children out of their candy stash.
An abundant number of recreational activities fill the space at Purple Planet 3-D Mini Golf. With black lights illuminating patches of neon paints, the indoor and always air-conditioned cooled mini-golf course bends the mind with challenging greens and mind-bending visuals such as aliens and floating satellites. As they navigate the course’s vortex tunnel and fog-filled corridors, golfers wear 3-D glasses, making obstacles appear to pop out and transforming every hole into an even deeper hole. Purple Planet visitors can also hone their billiards skills with games of pool or try their hand at the games at an on-site arcade.
Lunar Mini Golf optimizes phosphorescent family fun with a 100 percent black-light-illuminated indoor course. In a land of infinite night, neon balls in search of empty nesting holes roam 18 runways bound by glowing green barriers. The indoor course permits all-weather play, eliminating wind-shear, sand-trap, or migratory-bird hazards from affecting scores. Project putt-putt prowess on challenging holes complete with bent-grass greens and loop de loops. Black walls surround the play area, and illuminated jungle animals, ocean beings, and dinosaurs look on from their wall-mounted thrones waiting for a victorious player daring enough to shout “Jumanji!”