Round up your little birdies because it’s time to take a swing at one of our favorite, family-friendly miniature golf courses in San Diego. Good, old-fashioned golfing will delight members of your clan young and old alike. These crazy mini golf courses are full of adventure––from beach themes complete with whales to glow in the dark golf. Read on for where you should tee up.

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.

Cost: $9/person

3116 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, CA


Pelly's Miniature Golf at Del Mar Golf Center

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: Pelly's is a 100% ADA certified facility.

Cost: The more you play, the less you pay. First round, $9.50/adult; $7.50/child; second round, $4.50/adult; $3.50/child

15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA

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.

Cost: $8.50/adult; $7/child

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


Boomers (3 locations)

The three San Diego Boomers locations offer an array of themes and obstacles on their mini golf courses. 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. Make a day of it by adding in go-karts, bumper boats, batting cages and arcade game fun. Be prepared for a high-energy filled day.

Vista Boomers
1525 W.Vista Way
Vista, CA

Cost: $9/person; free for kids under 5 with paying adult

Clairemont Boomers
6999 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA

Cost: $10/person; free for kids under 5 with paying adult

El Cajon Boomers
1155 Graves Ave.
El Cajon, CA

Cost: $10/person; free for kids under 5 with paying adult

Colina Park Golf Course

Are your kids ready for a golf course beyond the amusement level? With 18-holes of real grass, sand pits and some interesting slopes, the Colina Park golf course will improve their golf game. This family-friendly facility has elevated tee boxes at each hole and rental 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: Try your hand at Disc golf here too! 

4085 52nd St.
San Diego, CA 92105

Cost: Click here for rates which vary by day and course size.


Put a twist on gooney golfing by getting your glow on at Glowzone. (No sunscreen required!) Their small, glow-in-the-dark golf course has 8 holes and is totally flat for pee-wee putters who may not be ready to take on the obstacles of a wackier mini golf course and all of its challenges.

Cost: Golf $7/person or opt for a Challenge or Unlimited Attraction pass to get access to all of the other attractions including rock climbing and bumper cars at Glowzone. 

Read our review of Glowzone here.

Glowzone North County
1390 Engineer St.
San Diego, CA

–– Nikki Walsh & Beth Shea

featured image: popofatticus via flickr


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