As Washingtonians venture out into warmer weather, mini golf beckons. Explore some of the best courses in D.C. with your family for a great way to spend a gorgeous day.
11801 Leesburg Pike
Herndon, VA 20171
Price: $8.75 adults/$7.50 children ages 3 to 12/free children ages 2 and younger
Hours: daily – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Woody’s is an award-winning, themed miniature golf course. “Perils of the Jungle” brings its guests into a mini-golf amazon replete with a komodo dragon, quicksand and a mummy’s tomb. Players must follow clues to “get out of the jungle alive.” Woody’s is the perfect for any age, so expect to make a day out of it. Gamers who want a little golf practice as well should play the only PGA-sanctioned driving range video game, Ironmasters Challenge.
Monster Mini Golf
7351 Assateague Dr., Ste. 380
Jessup, MD 48067
Price: $8 adults/$7 children
Hours: closed Mon; Tues to Thurs – 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monster Mini Golf has more than 11,000 square feet of exciting, indoor fun. The glow in the dark features, special effects and colorful artwork give this mini golf course wild edge kids love. Talented DJs add to the nostalgia with music from the ’70s to the ’90s. For guaranteed fun, host a birthday party in one of its private party rooms.
11113 W. Baldwin Rd.
New Market, MD 48067
Price: $5.50 per person
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Fri – 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Desert Oasis Mini Golf in Adventure Park offers pay as you play for a perfect way to save money and enjoy the park. Desert Oasis features two exciting and challenging 18-holes courses, Thunderin’ Falls and Dry Gulch. Dry Gulch is especially handicap accessible, so be sure to include everyone. If you’re feeling lucky, try to win a prize on the nearly impossible 19th hole.
Gaithersburg Mini Golf Course
514 S. Frederick Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Price: $5 residents/$4 seniors/$7 unlimited/$6 non-resident/$5 non-resident senior/$8 non-resident unlimited
Hours: May 5 – June 15 closed Mon to Fri, Sat – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; June 16 to Aug. 26 Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Aug. 25 to Oct. 7 Mon to Fri – closed; Sat – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For a quaint area to explore, try Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm. This course has beautifully manicured landscape and a great feel for parties of any age. It’s the kind of place groups return to, with holes that change daily and a water park for an additional $5 fee. Relax amongst streams, ponds and waterfalls while the family gets in a few holes at one of the most gorgeous putt-putt courses in D.C.
East Potomac Park Miniature Golf
972 Ohio Dr. Southwest
Washington, DC 20002
Price: $6.50 adults/$5 children ages 17 and younger
Hours: March 27 to May 29 Mon to Fri – closed, Sat to Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; May 30 to Sept. 6 Mon to Fri – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sat and Sun – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sept. 7 to Oct. 25, Mon to Fri – closed, Sat and Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
East Potomac Park Miniature Golf course is one of the National Park Service’s historical golf courses. It opened in 1931, making it one of the oldest operating mini-golf courses in the country. Take private lessons, compete and test those technical skills with solid deals for the whole family and group discounts.
Carly Mannava is a freelance writer living in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.