The great thing about mini golf in LA is that it can be played pretty much year-round, and finding that magical putt-putt place makes for a go-to activity that’s worth its weight in clubs. From simple greens and laid-back scenes to water cannons and castles fit for a queen, the options around town (or a quick road trip away) truly offer something for everyone. Read on for the best mini golf spots in LA for everyone in the family, from duffers to pros.

photo: John Noonan via Creative Commons

Arroyo Seco Golf Club
Sometimes you just want some fake grass, a neon ball, and a pint-sized putter all wrapped up in 9 holes of laid back enjoyment. At this low-key South Pasadena spot, a throwback to a simpler time, you won’t find long lines, laser tag, arcades or kitschy rides. If, however, you’re looking to slow it down with the kiddos and relax on a small 9-hole course complete with the classic mini golf landmarks (windmills, castles and barns…oh my!) this is the place for you. It’s definitely one our favorites.

Tips from the Pros: At $4 per player, you might think you actually are a kid again. So, enjoy a round with your little golfers and then watch them play on their own from the outdoor patio while you relax, grown-up style, with an ice-cold beer and a burger from the on-site cafe. 5-star dining this is not, but the menu has many more options than your typical snack-shack fare, with great service to boot.

1055 Lohman Ln.
South Pasadena
323-255-1506

photo: Raychel R via Yelp

Sherman Oaks Castle Park
If you crave a bit more pizazz served alongside beautifully embellished course options (but still not quite a full-scale fun center) check out Castle Park. It boasts three 18-hole mini-golf courses on gorgeously landscaped grounds where everyone from tots to grandparents can practice their put-put prowess. Your Tiger Woods cubs will also love taking a swing at the batting cages, or stepping their way through the laser maze. For more bells n’ whistles, visit the arcade where kids of all ages can trade in their putters for a turn with some classic game faves like Skee-Ball, Air-Hockey and Ms. Pacman.

Tips from the Pros: The price to play is a lot less than some of the other golf-theme park spots at $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for kids under 12. Plus, if you arrive between 9-10:30 a.m. on the weekends all players pay $3 to golf (plus, beating the crowds = priceless).

4989 Sepulveda Blvd.
Sherman Oaks
818-756-9459
Online: laparks.org/shermanoaks_castlepk

photo: Maggie S via Yelp

Golf N’ Stuff
Remember when Daniel and Ali had their highly anticipated first date in Karate Kid? Turns out that place actually exists and, over 30 years later, is still going strong with four 18-hole golf courses to choose from, each with its own theme. Swing your way through a haunted mansion, a Moroccan castle, a candy house, and even Big Ben—and that’s just for starters. When you’ve exhausted the links, check out the Lit’l Indy Raceway, the Disk’O Thrill ride, bumper boats and then top it off with the kiddie train and a trip to the arcade. After all that excitement, you and your Daniel-son’s and daughters can satisfy your appetites with some nachos or pizza at the snack bar before calling it a day.

Tips from the Pros: Mini-golf admission is $10 per person (kids 3 and under are free with one paid round). Other attractions require separate admission, but for $30 you can purchase a wristband that gives you 2 hours of unlimited use of Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Kiddie Train, and Go-Karts.

10555 E. Firestone Blvd.
Norwalk
562-868-9956
Online: golfnstuff.com/norwalk/info.html

photo: Mulligan Family Fun Center

Mulligan Family Fun Center
Mulligan’s needs to be on every parent’s putt-putt-bucket list. We love that the kiddos can channel their inner Arnold Palmer, swinging around sand traps and water hazards on one of the center’s two 18-hole courses. Put through an old mining cave, under a haunted house and over tons of tricky obstacles that add just the right amount of variety for every age. After your little caddies have filled up their score cards, keep the fun going with paddle boats, rock wall climbing, batting cages and go-karts. If all of that isn’t enough, Mulligans has a super kid-friendly arcade filled with video games-galore and a 2,200-square foot state-of-the-art lazer tag arena. After an action-packed afternoon at Mulligans, be prepared for your tired tots to tee up an early bedtime (win/win)!

Tips from the Pros: Play golf for $10/kids, $12/adults. Other park attractions have their own admission prices, but there are several value-pack options, including an All-Day pass for $36.99 with unlimited access to golf and attractions (except the arcade or batting cages.) Check the website for more detail on all discount packages.

1351 West Sepulveda Blvd.
Torrance
310-325-3950
Online: torrance.mulliganfun.com

photo: Meghan Rose

Holmby Hills Pony Golf Course
While this isn’t mini-golf, it’s mini-sized actual golf!  Perfectly sized for your short sidekick, the 18-hole pony course at Holmby Hills Park allows you to play the front 9, back 9 or all 18 for the same $3-$4 fee (club rentals are $1). The longest hole is 68 yards, so grownups can get in a good short game practice, while wee ones won’t require a golf cart to walk the whole course. If you’re looking for a good place to get your golfers-in-training a bit of decent practice without the waterfalls or windmills at every hole, then this place is a must! Practice on the putting green and climb a tree or two when your mini-Mickelsons get tired of the game. For those interested in fancy Hollywood real estate, the former Spelling Manor is right across the street.

Tips from the Pros: Bring the non-golfing members of the family along. There’s a playground, picnic tables and BBQ pits as well as wandering paths to walk while those with clubs are chasing the little white ball.

601 Club View Dr.
Holmby Hills
310-276-1604
Online: golf.lacity.org/cdp_holmby.htm

photo: Glowzone via Yelp

Glowzone
For those pint-size putters wanting more of a unique mini golf experience, look no further than the 18-hole indoor glow golf course at Glowzone. The strategically placed black lights and bright neon colors reign supreme making for one of the snazziest courses in the West. Don’t be fooled by its seeming simplicity as this course is actually pretty tough with obstacles such as cyclones and challenge wheels sprinkled throughout. But wait, there’s more! After a rousing game of glow golf, your little clubbers can also take advantage of underground laser tag, a skyscraper ropes course, bumper cars and the super fun atomic rush game in all of their black light glory. The younger set (7 and under) can check out the Soft City section for a less-intense (but still super fun) play area experience.

Tips from the Pros: Play a round of glow golf for a mere $6/per person (all ages) or buy an Unlimited Attraction Pass for $30 and get 1 ½ hours of unlimited access to ALL Glowzone attractions (including $5 in arcade game credits!).

6051 DeSoto Ave.
Woodland Hills
818-918-3964
Online: wdh.glowzonefca.com

photo: Linh P via Yelp

Camelot Golfland
Go big or go home: if you don’t mind a drive to OC and you want to see what a giant course has to offer, this Anaheim spot is the largest mini-golf spot in the country (yep, biggest from sea to shining sea!) with 4 award-winning mini golf courses that feature castles of the world, water cannons, sea creatures and jungle golf. With all this magic, we can barely remember the name of that other castle in Anaheim.

Tips from the Pros: Little pros can putt for $8.99. Adults are $9.99. Other attractions require additional admission costs. Take advantage of the Saturday Morning Mania deal, where for $11.99 you can play 1 round of mini-golf, laser tag and games at the arcade from 9 a.m.-noon.

3200 E Carpenter Ave.
Anaheim
714-630-3340
Online: golfland.com/anaheim

photo: Dean P via Yelp

Pelly’s Mini Golf at the Del Mar Golf Center
If you still want more, and don’t mind a little road trip, we have to end by recommending Pelly’s. Tucked away between the I-5 freeway and the Del Mar fairgrounds this place is as laid back and cool as the Beach Boys on a Sunday afternoon. With 2 different themed 18-hole mini golf courses, the kiddos will love golfing around an octopus, through dolphins and under an ocean pier; you’ll love the crowd-free scene and proximity to the sparkling Pacific just a few miles away. Ready to retire the clubs for the day? Don’t jump back on the freeway just yet. You’re right around the corner from some of Southern California’s most beautiful parks and beaches, not to mention the renowned Del Mar Race Track.

Tips from the Pros: You can golf among the sea creatures for $9.50 for adults and $7.50 for kids, and the second round is just $3.50-$4.50.

15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar
858-481-0363
Online: delmargolfcenter.com

Where do you get your putt-putt on?  We’d love to know if we missed any great spots!

—Jenifer Scott