Natural bamboo and wood fences surround the miniature fairways of Jungle River Mini Golf, whose aptly named course pits putters against a slew of jungle-themed obstacles. Like rainforest explorers, groups of golfers hack through the wild landscape, forgoing machetes for colorful putters or spring-loaded spatulas sized to accommodate guests of all ages. Monkeypod trees, palms, crotons, and banana plants drape over the course, framing many attractions including sculptures of friendly gorillas and dinosaurs emerging from tar pits. The course also features large bridges and waterfalls that meander throughout to create sharp turns and contoured greens.
Bay View Mini-Putt and Zipline's attractions make the most of Hawaii's natural beauty. Mini-golfers may play across artificial lava flows and beneath the gaze of dragon statues, but the backdrop consists of real Koolau Mountain peaks and soaring banyan trees. The course's tallest banyan tree, in fact, holds a treehouse that serves a launching point for a double-cable zipline, which carries up to two passengers at a time over the Likelike Course. Over 400 feet, the exhilarating trip affords views of nearby Kaneohe Bay at speeds of up to 25 mph—eight times the velocity of even the most powerful putt.
Almost everything glows at Rascal's Family Fun Center?the pirate-themed mini-golf obstacles, the bowling pins on the four-lane alley, and the smiles of the children at play. Their grins come from the center's sheer range of activities, including a Lazy Frenzy challenge, an Indiana Jones-like laser-tag arena, and a full redemption arcade, all illuminated under funky black lights. An onsite cafe fuels the fun during play sessions or parties.
Founded by seasoned instructor Brian Mogg, whose past students include a PGA TOUR winner, the Brian Mogg Performance Center of Hawaii helps professional and amateur golfers step up their game with hands-on lessons. With two one-hour, custom teachings from a certified instructor (a $160 value), budding club-swingers of all aptitude levels and ages can increase their skill, lower their score, and learn how to transform dimpled orbs into future-seeing crystal balls.
Though GOLFZING can't actually sink a tough putt for you, it provides just about everything else that it takes to enjoy a day on the links. In states across the U.S., the company makes it simple to book tee times, receive detailed course info, buy and sell gear, and even play fantasy golf. Plus, GOLFZING's online community keeps golfers connected.
GOLFZING's membership program, The Players Club, is designed to help golfers of all levels improve their game. It provides vital tools and training opportunities for chopping down scores. Members enjoy access to select courses across the country, as well as numerous other benefits, from unlimited driving range balls to free clinics. Golfers can also earn ZINGPOINTS as part of the company's rewards program, which can be used toward free rounds of golf.
At Bay View Mini-Putt and Zipline, there are two types of people: Pali People and LikeLike People. Luckily, the mini-putt outpost maintains two corresponding courses. The Pali course gives folks a chance to stretch their legs, enjoy a nice walk, and take in a leisurely game of mini-golf. It's type-A brother, the LikeLike course, refuses to go in for any of that nonsense, preferring instead to challenge the pants off players with everything from steep banked walls, multi-level fairways, and faux sand traps. Of course, people can skip the links altogether and head for the trees on Bay View's new zipline that sends guests soaring through the trees at up to 25 miles per hour.