Times are changin’ but mini golf stays the same. The kooky, sporty activity continues to be a top pick for nostalgic family fun. We’ve rounded up five spots to take a swing that a little ‘birdie’ told us were totally up to par. So keep reading to see where to tee up next!

photo: Tiki Town Adventure

Tiki Town Adventure Golf

Do you love Gilligan’s Island? Then this Polynesian-themed 18-hole mini golf course in Belmont Park is your place to score un-fore-gettable family fun. From a roaring Komodo dragon and talking tiki men to a pineapple windmill, you’re sure to putt a hole-in-one! About an hour to complete this course that’s tee-rrific for all ages. Make it a day with a Dole whip freeze, then head to the arcade, rides or the beach.

Good to know: If you put the ball down the 18th volcano center hole you get a $5 arcade credit.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Cost: $9/person

3116 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, Ca
Online: tikitownadventuregolf.com


photo: Beth Shea

Pelly's Miniature Golf

Good for first-timers, half-pints have two choices of where to tee up. Best for beginners and a whale of a time, the Ocean Adventure winds its way through the palm trees. There are many photo-ops from seals and shark cages to a giant octopus on this course. Or ride the wave through Surfin’ Safari where you'll learn surf history and putt through a giant water wave sculpture. It’s cool, dude. Either way this off the beaten path mini golf spot is sure to bring a smile to your kiddo’s face.

Good to know: The more you play the less you pay.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. & Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cost: First round, $9.50/adult; $7.50/child; second round, $4.50/adult; $3.50/child

15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, Ca
Online: pellysminigolf.com

photo: Rockin’ Jump

Rockin' Jump

Simple greens. You’ll find an easy 18-hole outdoor course with natural features like palm trees, boulders and water. Little golfers will putt across a bridge, avoid the small sand trap and putt up a small hill. There’s no shade so bring hats and sunblock. Be prepared for littles wanting to do the indoor activities such as trampoline jumping, rock climbing, dodge ball and arcade. You’ll appreciate the free WiFi, café and parents lounge.

Good to know: Add mini-golf to any jump option for $5.

Hours: Check website for up-to-date hours.

Cost: $8.50/adult; $7.00/child

San Diego Trampoline Park
8190 Miralani Dr.
San Diego, Ca

Online: rockinjump.com

Boomers (3 locations)

What’s your favorite family theme? If it's fairytales, pirates, cowboys or Egyptian the three San Diego Boomers locations cover it all. In Vista you can choose between the Pirate’s Cove course with a giant volcano and cave-like tunnel, or take on the challenge of King Arthur’s Castle with royalty-inspired tricks and traps. Both Clairemont Mesa and El Cajon offer putting through a wagon wheel in the Wild West or hitting a hole-in-one in Storybook Land. You can also go Egyptian in El Cajon. Make a day of it by adding in go-karts, bumper boats, batting cages, arcade fun, and even small carnival rides. Be prepared for a high-energy filled day.

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Vista Boomers
1525 W.Vista Way
Vista, Ca
Online: boomersvista.com

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., Noon-8 p.m.; Fri., Noon-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cost: $8/person; free for children under 4

Clairemont Boomers
6999 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, Ca
Online: boomersparkssandiego.com

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., Noon-9 p.m.; Fri., Noon-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cost: $10/person; free for children under 4

El Cajon Boomers
1155 Graves Ave.
El Cajon, Ca

Hours: Check website for up-to-date hours.

Cost: $10/person; free for children under 4

Colina Park Golf Course

Are your kids ready for the short course? With 9-holes of real grass, sand pits and some interesting slopes, this course will improve their real golf game. This family-friendly facility has elevated tee boxes at each hole and golf clubs are free for kids to use. You can also feel good that the golf fees go to help youth in need learn how to golf for confidence and leadership.

Good to know: Disc golf is fun too! Where you toss a disc into a basket.

4085 52nd St.
San Diego, Ca 92105
Online: colinaparkgc.com

Hours: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Cost: $10-$13/adult; $7/junior, 17 and under

Where do you take the crew mini golfing in San Diego? Let us know in the comments below.

–– Nikki Walsh



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