Ghost Golf is the realization of a dream for Daryn Coleman and his wife Janice. Long beloved by neighbors in their Clayton neighborhood for their extensive and intricate animatronic Halloween displays at their home, the couple decided to make Halloween available to the public year-round, in combination with that family-favorite pastime, miniature golf. Now you can get your spooks anytime!
Tee Up, If You Dare
Housed in a cavernous warehouse space, with an almost equally-large private party area, and two game zones, Ghost Golf offers multiple opportunities for play. Admission covers two hours, which includes the golf and unlimited free play at a mummy shooting gallery, air hockey, and an arcade games area.
The golf course itself is 18 holes with several, from giant to gigantic, spook elements. Shaking doors, skeletons and zombies that pop out, spiders that drop from the ceiling, a ghoul band that plays music and sings, and more. All in near-dark, dimly lit by colored bulbs.
Deadly but Oh So Comfortable
As an indoor play place, a great feature is that the building is climate-controlled — air conditioning/heat as needed. And all areas are both wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
Parents are welcome to check out the entire course for free before committing to paying admission, to make sure your child will be engaged rather than terrified by the impressive and lifelike animatronics. (On our visit, after the first major startle at Hole 7, my 9-year-old son decided I should go first on each round — so that I triggered the various motion detectors before he did.)
All You Need to Know to Survive
The course is challenging, which can frustrate young children (or players of any age), depending on their level of commitment to the sport. If you want to keep score, ask for a scorecard when you pay admission. They don’t hand them out automatically. (This is to keep clutter/waste to a minimum.) A small snack selection is available for sale (think standard name-brand chips and sodas, individual-serving paper-wrapped ice cream treats) but you can bring your own.
There are cushioned and wooden benches scattered throughout the course where players or their grown-ups can pause to rest if desired, plus picnic tables in the 1600-square-foot party room which is open to the public when not reserved. Kids and Young Adults, 18 and under, are required to have at least one (paying) adult chaperone in the play spaces (golf course and games areas) at all times.
While the larger than life-sized mummy-shooting gallery and air hockey may be great for most school-aged kids, the separate arcade games area may not be appropriate for younger ones. Two shooting-type video games (one is an extremely realistic zombie game), a Tales from the Crypt pinball machine, and a seated driving game are more likely fun for tweens or teens.
All games are free with admission, which is good for two hours of play. But quarters are required for the “MEGA crane” and prize machines.
Busiest times are, of course, weekends. The proprietors advise you to ALWAYS check the website before you head out there as hours vary. The latest information is regularly updated on their hours page.
Check online for coupons before you go. Offers for 50%-off on Groupon or similar are frequently available.
4383 Clayton Road
Hours: Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday CLOSED, Wednesday-Thursday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 1 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Check website for updates, including reduced or expanded hours — especially during holiday breaks.)
Cost: $15 General Admission (ages 8 and up); $13 Children (4-7 years); Free (3 and under with 1 full-price Adult admission)
Have you and your ghouls been to Ghost Golf? Tell us all the spooky details in the comments below!
–Julie Feinstein Adams