Are your kids suffering from a bad case of spring fever? The solution is simple: get outside, move their bodies, and whack some balls around! If your little putters are getting antsy, these fun, family-friendly miniature golf courses are the perfect place to let them blow off some steam. Whether you are looking for a sunny day outing or a rainy day retreat, we’ve got the perfect spot for you. Read on to find out more—Fore!
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Tualatin Island Greens
This may be a serious golf club, but you don’t have to be a serious golfer to swing your clubs with the pros. Whether you want to practice your short game, or just have a fun afternoon with the kiddos, Tualatin Miniature Golf Course has it all. A scaled-down version of 18 world famous golf holes, the course offers water hazards, sand bunkers, and 3 acres of forested beauty to challenge adults and delight children of all ages, and all for a great value! Tualatin offers reduced group rates for 8 or more people, as well as a Birthday Party Package that includes Mini Golf, meals and drinks, and a private room for up to 2 hours.
Where: 20400 SW Cipole Road, Tualatin
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-9p.m.
Pricing: $5/person, $3/person for same-day replay
Oaks Amusement Park
Clearly, Oaks Amusement Park is a well-established venue for kids and families, and their Chipper’s Woods Miniature Golf Course is no exception. A newer addition to the amusement park, it offers 18 holes of rolling terrain and varied obstacles. Shaded by beautiful big oak trees, with a gorgeous view of the Willamette River, it is a popular destination during the warm summer months. Of course, a trip to Oaks Park with your littles may involve more than just a round of mini-golf, but the park offers lots of package options to meet your price point.
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Eagle Landing Golf Course
Eagle Landing offers two separate mini-golf courses (the Green Course and the Gold Course), or 36 holes to practice your putt-putt golf skills. These courses mimic the larger, 3-par golf course on-site, including sand traps, water hazards, doglegs, and forested areas. If you want to change it up, check out their Foot Golf, where you are challenged to complete a mini golf-style course using only your feet and a soccer ball!
Where: 10220 SE Causey Ave, Happy Valley
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Jun.-Sept., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct.-May
Pricing: $6.50-$8.50/person (18 holes), $10-$12/person (36 holes)
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Twin Pines Country Club
If you happen to be near the Montavilla neighborhood, and have some time to kill with your kiddos, you might want to check out Twin Pines Country Club. This is a homemade, free mini golf course set up by Olivier and Donna. That’s right, you heard me – it’s free! They don’t even accept donations (though if you have a 20-foot dinosaur up for grabs, they might be interested). This awesome family decided to donate their time and resources to the community by building a miniature golf course in their large, grassy side yard, and leaving it open for everyone to use! It’s small and simple, with brick-lined AstroTurf to define the course, a number of eclectic statues and obstacles (including the quintessential windmill) to provide the appropriate level of fun and challenge, and of course two signature pine trees to provide shade and a requisite “nature” hole. This is truly a family-friendly course for all ages—if your little one can walk, then they can play! The family even provides clubs and balls in a locker on-site. They only ask that you keep your groups small, and respect the neighbors and residential parking restrictions.
Where: 8434 SE Clay St
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
If you prefer to put-put indoors, or need a place to escape the rainy weather, check out Glowing Greens Blacklight Miniature Golf. Now with two locations, in Portland and Beaverton, Glowing Greens offers a unique setting that will entertain your littles as well as your older kiddos. The Portland location is downtown, underneath the Hilton Executive Tower, and features a glowing pirate-themed 18-hole course, including skeletons, mermaids, creepy forests, and of course troves of pirate treasure! The Beaverton location, also an 18-hole course, is alien-themed, with scenery and figures that are out of this world! Don’t miss this unique mini-golf experience. They even offer a FREE round for your birthday!
Where: 3855 SW Murray Blvd., Beaverton
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., noon-9 p.m; Fri.-Sat., noon-11 p.m.
Pricing: $9/kids & seniors, $11.50/adults
In Portland: 509 SW Taylor St.
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For indoor fun on the east side, check out the Tiki Putt Family Fun Center in Gresham. Their 18-hole mini golf course is Hawaiian-themed, black lighted, and full of beautiful artwork and interesting features, including a spinning active volcano hole! With a huge play structure and arcade as well, it is a great place to bring kids of all ages. There is also a café onsite, with reasonably priced snacks and drinks.
Where: 1694 NW Fairview Dr., Gresham
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., noon-9 p.m; Fri.-Sat., noon-midnight
Pricing: $7/person (unlimited golf), $12/person (combo pass)
With all these great places to take your family, the cure for Spring Fever is just a swing away! Let us know where your favorite place to land is in the comments below.
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