What says summer more than mini golf?
New England is home to dozens of mini-golf courses, from the simplest to the most difficult, from the classic to the most remote. We’ve compiled this list of some of the coolest courses and spots in the area for you to add to your summer bucket lists.
159 Route 6A, Sandwich, MA
Construction of the Sandwich Mini Golf The course began over 70 years ago when owner Mo Burke began single-handedly reclaiming land from a swamp on his family’s property, designing nine holes alongside a natural stream.
Still open today, and still owned by Burke and his wife, the course now boasts 36 holes with quaint, vintage Cape Cod charm. Burke and his wife Sylvia spent many years doing missionary work abroad, returning home in the summer to work on their course, sometimes adding holes inspired by their travels.
124 Leominster Road, Sterling, MA
With 18 holes, by Mulligan showcases the beauty of New England during the day – and at night. Open until 9 p.m. daily during the summer, Wednesdays in July and August feature glow-in-the-dark miniature golf, complete with glow-in-the-dark LED balls, glow-in-the-dark flags black and dim lighting on the course.
In 2004, the first Guinness World Record for “most miniature golf holes played in 24 hours” was set on the course by Sterling resident Matt Majikas, who played 3,035 holes over 168 laps – a feat really amazing.
315 Worcester Street, Natick, MA
Looking to combine a history lesson with a fun afternoon of mini golf? Look no further than Golf on the Village Green at Natick.
Although the course has its own 58-year history, its real focus is on New England’s past, particularly the colonial and revolutionary periods, with miniature historic buildings, life-size statues and replicas designed to spark discussion and make every hole a pleasure. challenge.
25 Lonergan Road, Middleton, MA
The family mini golf course in paradise has a tropical theme, with a parrot, koi pond, water features, green grass and flowering shrubs. Particularly cool features include a flowing river to take your ball downstream and a 35-foot treehouse hole.
Paradise makes it easy to track scores with its own smartphone app and no longer offers paper scorecards. In addition to mini-golf, the location includes a driving range and an indoor golf simulator.
183-197 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA
An essential part of any beach day in Hull, Paragon Boardwalk course, directly across from the beach, has been a favorite of South Shore families for generations and is just steps from the historic Nantasket Carousel.
Paragon Boardwalk, including the Dream Machine arcade, has been revitalized in recent years and now includes an outdoor dining and entertainment area, art installations and year-round events.
1000 New London Avenue, Cranston, RI
Part of a 64-acre sports and entertainment complex, Mulligan’s Island features two volcanic island-themed 18-hole mini-golf courses – featuring a fire-shooting volcano, waterfall, palm trees and shipwreck.
Open since 2002, Mulligan’s Island also offers a driving range, batting cages and a pitch and putt course.
58 Ocean Park Road, Saco, ME
Mini-golf destination since 1988, Schooner is located in Saco, not far from the popular vacation destination of Old Orchard Beach. Appropriately, the large 18-hole course has a marine theme – and takes its name from a 75ft schooner that doubles as the 11th hole.
After your round (and perhaps before a second go-around), enjoy a local ice cream on the schooner’s deck, where you can overlook the course and get tips on how best to attack the trickier holes.
9 Bailey Road, (Route 4), Chichester, NH
by Chuckster is a destination for tons of family fun, with go-karts, a zipline, batting cages, bumper boats, aerial course, bungee trampoline and, of course, mini-golf.
Chuckster’s mini golf course is huge – literally. With 12,000 square feet of carpet, 1,000 tons of boulders, 4,600 bricks, and nine streams and ponds, the real star is hole 13 — at 201 feet, it’s said to be the longest mini-golf hole on the planet.