10 Best Mini Golf Courses in Arizona
Putt your way to fun and adventure with our top 10 list of the best mini golf courses in Arizona! Get ready to tee off and sink some holes-in-one at these putt-tastic spots. From quirky themes to challenging holes, we’ve got you covered. So grab your clubs, round up your friends, and let’s get putting!
Mini golfing is a favorite pastime for many, and it’s especially great for those that want to do some low-stakes golfing without all the skill involved on a 9 or 18-hole course. Mini golf usually involves hitting your golf ball through small obstacles, holes, or other creative barriers that make it fun!
While golfing on a major course requires skill and practice, mini-golfing is accessible for all skill levels.
In Arizona, we’re always looking for outdoor and indoor activities to pass away the time during the long, hot months of summer. In these warmer months, nighttime activities are still tolerable (once the searing sun goes down) and mini golfing is one of those such activities.
Even then, most of our mini-golf courses are located indoors (which is much more enjoyable, in my opinion!). Read on and plan your next mini-golf date night or family activity in Arizona!
By far the most popular of the mini-golf courses in Arizona, Golfland has been providing fun for Mesa families since 1983. The park is split into two sections, Sunsplash and Golfland; while Sunsplash (the water park) is only open during the summer, Golfland is open year-round.
Golfland not only includes three different 18-hole mini golf courses, but there are also arcade games, restaurants, laser tag, a Go Kart raceway, and more! It’s nearly impossible to do it all in one visit. The three golf courses have unique themes- King Arthur’s Quest, Princess Path, and the Lost Dutchman (an ode to the nearby Superstition Mountains myth).
All ages, abilities, and skill levels are welcome to take on the golf courses, and you’ll enjoy tackling all of the obstacles and laughing at each other’s mistakes. Mini golfing is the perfect family activity because everyone from mom and dad down to the youngest kids can try their luck at Golfland’s courses. Come during Halloween and Christmas time to enjoy the themed decorations!
2. Swingin’ Safari Mini Golf
Located in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler (south of Tempe), Swingin’ Safari Mini Golf is an all-indoor mini golf and arcade facility which makes it the perfect summer escape for families with young kids. As the name suggests, the mini-golf course is jungle themed and instead of music, there are animal sounds and ambient jungle noises playing overhead that set the scene.
Your kids will especially love all the life-sized animal sculptures and safari-themed 3D artwork on the walls, and even more, the mini-golf course glows in the dark with bright neon colors! The indoor setting is delightfully cool even on the hottest of summer days, and the addition of the arcade and pinball machines means you could easily spend a few hours at Swingin’ Safari Mini Golf.
3. Imagine 3D Miniature Golf
With two locations in Gilbert and Scottsdale, this is another great option for indoor mini-golfing that the whole family will love! Imagine 3D Miniature Golf is family-owned and operated, meaning you can support a small business while having fun. Perfect for private events, date nights, and quality family time, you’ll want to play through the 18-hole mini-golf course again and again!
What makes this mini-golf place special is the 3D art on the walls, which spring to life as you play with 3D glasses. The 3D aspect challenges your skills and really immerses you in the course, while the black light and neon glow-in-the-dark lighting create a funky atmosphere. For those that have issues with 3D glasses (like myself), you can still have plenty of fun without them.
4. Casey’s Sportsworld
This older facility has both indoor and outdoor activities available, including batting cages, laser tag, kickball, dodgeball, soccer fields, and of course mini golf! While the mini golf course is quite old and therefore has a “vintage” kind of quality to it, it’s still enjoyable and you’ll have a great time trying to hit your ball past the obstacles and through some tricky holes.
Hole-in-the-wall places like Casey’s Sportsworld require you to come with low expectations, given the age and condition of the equipment and course. Life is more fun if you take things less seriously anyway! If you want to have a low-key time working through an exciting 18-hole course with friends and family, head to Casey’s Sportsworld (and maybe hit up some batting practice afterward!).
5. Golf N’ Stuff
Heading south to Tucson? Hit up Golf N’ Stuff for some “putt golf” games and fun! Not only do they have mini-golf courses, but Golf N’ Stuff also has bumper boats, Go-Karts, arcade games, and laser tag; more than enough to entertain the whole family for the day.
With two unique 18-hole mini golf courses, you’ll have fun tackling challenging holes with themes like a windmill, a Victorian house, a princess castle, and a ship called the HMS Putt. Kids and adults alike will love the exciting obstacles and whimsical design. Considered one of the best mini-golf locations in southern Arizona, Golf N’ Stuff will no doubt give your family a few hours of memorable fun.
6. In the Game Prescott Valley
Situated between the Phoenix Valley and Flagstaff lies the growing mountain community of Prescott, which is becoming increasingly popular for retirees and remote workers alike. Prescott Valley has long been a popular summer destination for Phoenix locals as well, where the weather is still warm but much more tolerable.
In The Game Prescott Valley is a newer activity center that includes arcade games, bowling, laser tag, small carnival-like rides, axe throwing, and of course, mini-golf. Their outdoor 18-hole course is fully ADA-compliant (meaning wheelchair users can enjoy full use of this mini-golf course) and each hole is unique and provides an exciting challenge. The course has an old Western theme to match the Prescott Valley location.
7. Castles and Coasters
Arizona’s only “theme park” that includes rollercoasters is Castle and Coasters, a retro kind of feeling activity park with a huge variety of things to do! Scattered throughout the 10-acre park are a series of small rollercoasters, an indoor video arcade, and four outdoor miniature golf courses that challenge both kids and adults of all skills.
With 20+ rides and attractions, six different food and snack bar options, over 150 arcade games, and of course, the four mini-golf courses, you’ll have plenty to do here at Castles and Coasters. The mini-golf is especially popular, with usually no wait required as there is more variety in courses here than in other mini-golf locations. The courses each have a different theme and are well-lit at night, letting visitors escape the scathing summer sun while they have fun golfing.
8. Fat Cats
Looking for more indoor mini-golf options? These are especially popular in the summer months when kids need to get their energy out (and parents need them out of the house!). Part movie theater, part activity center, and bowling alley, Fat Cats has it all! There are several locations in Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, and Surprise.
The mini-golf course has a different theme at each location, with glow-in-the-dark features and 9-hole indoor courses. At only $5 a round, you can go over and over again without breaking the bank! Then enjoy time in the arcade, bowling alley, or enjoy a movie in their luxurious reclining movie theater chairs. The mini golf courses may be small and shorter than most, but they are definitely not short on fun!
9. Funtasticks Family Fun Park
The name describes exactly what this activity park is- all about family fun! With a water park, bumper boats, laser tag, go-karts, Kiddie Land (smaller rides for the smaller kids!), and two outdoor mini golf courses. The 18-hole courses are designed with kids in mind, making this a non-competitive but still purely fun activity for the whole family.
Enjoy some of the food and other attractions at Funtasticks, especially the Cactus Springs water park which is perfect for cooling off after a round or two of mini-golf. Your kids will especially love the fun and quirky themes throughout the mini-golf holes!
10. White Mountain Family Fun Park
The premiere attraction of this family fun park is the go-kart course, which winds around in tight curves and turns, making a challenging race course with some pretty fast go-karts! White Mountain Family Fun Park also recently opened up their brand-new 18-hole outdoor mini-golf course, featuring fountains, windmills, hilly and curvy putting greens, and challenging but doable holes for all ages. Enjoy the indoor laser maze and arcade after having fun outside.
The White Mountains are located about 4 hours east of the Phoenix Valley, and locals and visitors alike flock to this area in the summer to take advantage of the cool weather and beautiful scenery. Mini-golfing here is just the icing on the cake, and even in colder weather, you should be able to putt year-round.
Before You Go
Mini-golfing, whether indoor or outdoor, is a favorite past-time of many people both old and young. It’s one of the best family activities for families with young kids or older teenagers, and even adults will have fun competing with one another for the best score.
Miniature golf courses tend to have fun and often quirky themes that keep your interest throughout the game. A new trend lately for indoor mini-golfing is glow-in-the-dark or black light lighting, which just adds to the challenge and excitement! So find a course nearby, bring your best putt golfing skills (no long drives here!) and prepare to have a few hours of family fun.
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