Aw, mini golf. It’s practically an institution of cheesy dates and forced family functions but really it’s more than that. It’s the thing that you roll your eyes at but secretly it fills you with childlike wonder and enthusiasm.
It’s bright, it’s nostalgic, it’s colorful. It’s basically that 80s band you don’t want to tell your friends you’re into but you totally sing at the top of your lungs when you’re alone in the car.
Admit it Columbus, you love mini golf just as much as I do. And if you’re thinking what I’m thinking, now’s the perfect time to get in a few holes and school all your friends on that windmill course before it’s too cold or windy to make it a fair fight. Let’s see what you’ve got, Columbus.
Known mostly for its cave tours, gem mining, and animal encounter area, they also offer a decent miniature golf course. With the going rate of $4 a person, Olentangy Caverns offers an affordable outing for the entire family with activities that could keep kids and adults busy the entire day.
Where: 1779 Home Rd, Delaware, OH 43015
Blacklight Mini Golf at Scene 75
If your inspiration to play mini-golf strikes on a rainy day, don’t fret. You can head up to Blacklight Mini Golf at Scene 75 for a day of (hopefully) hole-in-ones. The two 9-hole courses can be played individually or combined for a full 18-hole round and they’ve got a wide range of putter sizes which means even the little kids can participate. A 9-hole round will cost you $6/person.
Where: 5033 Tuttle Crossing Boulevard, Dublin, OH 43016
Putt N Play
Putt N Play is your one-stop destination for family fun activities. They offer a fun, 18-hole miniature golf course. But it doesn’t just end at mini golf, they also offer batting cages, soccer cages, and an indoor arcade, ensuring a little something for everyone to enjoy. That sounds like a full day of fun to me.
Where: 4021 Thistlewood Dr, Grove City, OH 43123
Sports Ohio: Power Play
This miniature golf course is technically part of Sports Ohio, a huge campus and athletic facility, offering training equipment and sports fields for competitive play. Nestled in Sports Ohio is Power Play, a family-oriented fun center with go-karts and batting cages on top of 18 holes of miniature golf.
Where: 6314 Cosgray Rd, Dublin, OH 43016
Magic Mountain Fun Center
Magic Mountain is obviously an iconic putt putt spot, known for their miniature golf courses, arcades, and laser tag. For years, Magic Mountain has been the go-to destination for kids birthdays throughout the city and for good reason. Even adults have been known to have a good time at their recreation centers.
Where: 5890 Scarborough Blvd, Columbus, OH 43232
Website: Magic Mountain Fun Center
Miniature Golf at Granville Golfland is the perfect place to take your golf enthusiastic dad along with your kiddos. The 18-hole minature golf course is more challenging than some of the others on this list and it also happens to be in a very park like setting.
Where: 1221 West River Rd, Granville, OH, 43023
Glow Putt Ohio
If you’re looking for a more indoor feel with cool day-glow lights, Glow Putt Ohio offers a great enclosed facility. You’ll experience 18 holes of psychedelic safari fun as you navigate trees, barriers, and animals that glow in the dark. It’s one of the best putt putt spots in town, and it’s especially wonderful when you’re trying to avoid inclement weather.
Where: 161 Granville St, Gahanna, OH 43230
Another indoor golf arena, Miner 49er offers an enjoyable course for both beginners as well as mini golf enthusiasts. Another big draw is their virtual golf simulator which borrows from well-known PGA courses throughout the world. They also offer a menu of food items as well as beers and cocktails for any adults out to have a good time.
Where: 1158 W 3rd Ave B, Columbus, OH 43212
Olentangy Mini Golf
This miniature golf course stands out for its sheer gorgeous design and layout. With not just one but two 18-hole courses, Olentangy Mini Golf is the perfect place to putt and enjoy the scenery. One of the best things about putt-putting at Olentangy Mini Golf is that once you prove to your whole crew that you’re the best mini golfer of all time, you can all enjoy some Dippin’ Dots or Velvet Ice Cream.
Where: 63 Olentangy Crossings W, Delaware, OH 43015
Westerville Golf Center – Frontier Miniature Golf
The Frontier features two 18-hole courses that wind through the streets of an awesome miniature frontier village. You’ll pass through a hotel, a railroad station, a water mill, a boat house, and more. The Frontier Miniature Golf course is full of twists and turns and it won’t make it too easy on you to come. out on top. To be honest, this spot is basically the end all be all of miniature golf in the area, and any avid putter worth their salt should definitely be a fan of their facility and courses.
Where: 450 W Schrock Rd, Westerville, OH 43081