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Published October 2nd 2020
The best things in life are putted
Hole in One (by Golf Central BNE)
Think golf is a good walk spoiled? Try mini-golf for less spoilage and more fun. Find the perfect putt putt in Brisbane with these top 5 picks.
In the inner city, Victoria Park hosts an 18-hole mini-golf course for a good time. If you're a serious golfer, put on your best Caddyshack pants and hit the full golf course, driving range, putting greens and coaching bays.
After a round of hi-jinks, retire to the park's 19th hole for drinks, pizza and burgers. An award-winning chef serves up seasonal dishes, including char-grilled ribs, spicy local lamb, and crab linguine.
The park overlooks the city skyline, perfect viewing if the obstacles on the putt putt course make your eyes spin. The park's possum watches the 18th - go for a hole in one to impress him/her.
For the cheapest putt putt, bring the kids and adults pay kid prices too, or tee off on M-W after 5pm.
The 18 holes at Holey Moley are set up for friends and workmates. As with any group of mates, each hole on the winding 2-level course has its own quirky personality. The staff are friendly and music and cocktails ensure you'll leave smiling, whether you score big or small.
You can tee off for 9 holes, but once you've got started, you'll likely sign up to play through the back 9 too.
Leave the passport at home and head to the BNE for fun without the jet lag, lost bags and airline food. Scan the runways and the city skyline as you weave through the 18-hole mini-golf course, power-hit balls on the driving range, or work on your handicap with a coach or a group clinic.
When the friendly skies open up for travel again, pass the pre-flight wait on the links. The driving range is as bright as the runways at night, lit by floodlights and powered with TopTracer. Golf Central is the first course in Australia to offer the new tech, which tracks the flight path of your shot, displaying the action with multi-angle HD video.
After solving the puzzle of the putt putt course, kids as young as 5yrs can tackle the full game on a 10-week junior golf clinic. They'll be coached by a PGA pro, with extra sessions during school holidays.
Prices start at $19 for adults, with meal deals, family packages, and a second round $5 special.
Mount Gravatt's Showgrounds is Brisbane's most dynamic mini golf centre, with two 18-hole courses, foot golf, and cage soccer.
Foot Golf? Think soccer plus golf. Players can still wear zany golfing outfits (hats with pom-poms, loud socks and even louder pants or shorts - see John Daly for more fashion tips). Instead of hitting a golf ball with clubs, kick a football into a larger cup. Footwear is optional too - serious players wear soccer boots, but you can kick an ace in sneakers, thongs, or go barefoot.
Holey Moley's Wintergarden site is a slick 9-hole putt putt course, but it's also an entertainment complex, with strobe-lit ten-pin bowling, laser tag, pool tables and escape rooms. If you beat your mates at putt putt, belt out Queen's classic in the karaoke lounge.
Refuel in the food court with burgers at Grill'd, Malaysian in Papparich, or go sip healthy at Boost.