Couples searching for a fun date spot, parents desperate to quiet pronouncements of boredom and teens who are over the mall will find that at area miniature golf courses. Once a staple at the shore, these Main Line-area locations are sure to be holes-in-one.
For learning how to go pro: Tee’s Golf Center
Tee’s Golf Center offers two “championship” courses of miniature golf. If you’re really racking up those holes-in-one, you can improve your non-miniature golf skills in lessons with PGA-certified instructors. They also offer a summer golf camp, for those who just can’t drag themselves away from the course.
707 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken, (610) 834-0845.
For serious golfing practice: Umbria Golf Center
They’ve got 18 holes of miniature golf at Umbria Golf Center, but that’s only the beginning. Their biggest attraction is an indoor golf simulator that can host up to four players at once. Plus, with outdoor stalls for golfers to practice their swings, you can hone your long game before you descend upon the mini golf course.
7200 Umbria St., Philadelphia, (215) 483-8566.
For a cute date: Freddy’s Family Fun Center
At Freddy’s Family Fun Center, the two challenging mini golf courses make for a fun setting for a great date. One course, named Discover America, features a mountain and cave, plus water rapids. Take in the scenery with your significant other, and then snag some ice cream and stroll by the animals in their farm zoo.
1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, (215) 855-1205.
For family fun in the city: Philly Mini Golf
Your family hasn’t done mini golf right until you’ve putted a ball through the crack of the Liberty Bell. Philly Mini Golf’s holes feature Philadelphia landmarks like the LOVE Statue, Ben Franklin Bridge and that famous bell.
200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia, (215) 629-4026.
For high school and college hangouts: Grand Slam USA
Monkeys and pirates shine the glow-in-the-dark mini golf course at Grand Slam USA. After completing the nine holes, hang up your putters and try out laser tag, basketball or a ninja obstacle course.
11 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, (610) 647-6622.
For beating your own record: Markie’s Mini Golf
Mini golf rounds can get expensive, especially if you’re going with a big group. Markie’s Mini Golf lets you play through the course repeatedly for $7.25 per person, to beat par without beating up your wallet.
360 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville, (610) 935-5774.
For spending some time in nature: Rossi’s Golf Center
Crazy statues, colorful flags and crunchy Astroturf are markers of some memorable mini-golf courses. Rossi’s Golf Center eschews the traditional in favor of a natural green setting, complete with multiple pools, trees and bushes.
96 W. Devon Drive, Exton, (484) 875-0711.