Gayle Beveridge is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards and her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing. Gayle is passionate about family, writing, photography, and with Victoria’s beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
Published October 5th 2015
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Best Mini Golf Courses in Melbourne
Whether you call it mini golf, crazy golf, adventure golf or putt putt, there is no doubt it all adds up to fun. There are more than 20 mini golf parks in Melbourne so there's bound to be one near you. These are some of the best.
One of the mini golf courses (Image from Maroondah Adventure Golf Park Facebook Page)
Set amongst gum trees and beautifully landscaped gardens, LaTrobe Golf Park offers two courses of 18 holes each which intertwine but are colour coded either red or blue so you don't lose your way. Tickets to play one or both courses are available.
An Adventurous course at LaTrobe Mini Golf (image from LaTrobe Mini Golf Facebook Page)
The Lakes Course is a generously spaced course incorporating castles, logs, lakes, and running water. This is the simpler of the two courses and more appropriate for the little ones.
The more challenging Desert Course winds and dips. Play your ball around the course and over the big boulder.
In the Tunnels at LaTrobe Mini Golf (Image from LaTrobe Mini Golf Facebook Page)
Stadium lighting is used for later games allowing the park to open to 10pm during daylight savings Tuesday to Friday and Public Holidays.
The 'Drive Thru Coffee and Café' offers a wide range of foods and is open Monday - Friday 5:30am - 2:00pm and Saturday 6:00am - 1:00pm. There is also a lawn picnic area with some under cover tables and chairs.
The Drive Thru Coffee and Cafe' At LaTrobe Golf park (Image from LaTrobe Golf Park Facebook Page)
The course does cater for birthday parties so could sometimes be a little busy. Ring through first and staff will advise if this is the case. Details of current party plans can be found here.
When: Saturday-Monday: 9am to 9pm, Tuesday-Friday: 9am to 10pm, public holidays: 9am to 10pm Phone: 03 9470 4481 Email: email@example.com Website:www.latrobegolfpark.com.au/mini-golf.php Where: 906 Plenty Road, Bundoora Cost: Current prices can be found here.
Maroondah Golf Park - Chirnside Park
Maroondah Golf Park offers open air and undercover mini golf courses of 18 holes each.
(Image from Maroondah Adventure Golf Park Facebook Page)
The Lodge Course of 18 holes is undercover. Level changes and air and water effects add to the challenge of the Lodge Course. This is the more difficult of the two courses.
The Lakes Course is outside amongst beautiful landscaped gardens and incorporates gazebos, winding paths, creeks, water wheels, tunnels and ball spirals.
(Image from Maroondah Adventure Golf Park Facebook Page)
These are well thought out courses with the occasional unusual touch. Your ball has disappeared in the rocks but is it lost? No indeed, it has been sucked up and expelled from a tube and is now spiralling through the air.
Prizes are awarded for lucky scores and hole-in-ones so be sure to check with staff at the club house. You might be a winner.
There's plenty of variety. (Image from Maroondah Adventure Golf Park Facebook Page)
When: Monday-Saturday Open 9.00am – 9.00pm (last tee off : 8.00 pm), Sunday Open 9.00am – 7.00pm (last tee off : 6.00 pm) Phone: (03) 9727 3082 Website:www.adventuregolf.com.au/Maroondah_Adventure_Park/Welcome.html Where: 363 – 365 Maroondah Highway, Chirnside Park Cost: Current prices can be found here.
Dingley Village Adventure Golf - Dingley Village
Dingley Village Adventure Golf, situated next to the Spring Park Golf Course, offers all weather mini golf.
Lots of levels (Image from Dingley Village Adventure Golf Facebook Page)
The indoor course, The Chasm, is an 18 hole course that twists and turns over two levels and incorporates a water wheel.
The outdoor course, The Creek, set amongst landscaped gardens and edged with rustic wooden fences, is played around a lake and waterfall. Wind in and out of huts and play on multiple levels. See your ball shoot to the top level, sail over a creek, or run through a water wheel. Watch out for the real sand bunkers and for the occasional trick or trap.
The rain doesn't matter at Dingley Village (Image from Dingley Village Adventrue Golf Facebook Page)
Children's parties can be organised. Details of a range of party plans can be found here. There are four party rooms and if they are all booked it could get busy. Ring on (03) 9551 5123 to check if you would prefer to visit at a quieter time.
Snacks can be purchased from an onsite kiosk.
Mini golf in the gardens (Image from Dingley Village Adventure Golf Facebook Page)
When: Sunday to Thursday 7am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday 7am to 9pm. Closed on Christmas Day. Phone: (03) 9551 5123 Website:springparkgolf.com.au/facilities/adventure_golf Where: Corner of Lower Dandenong and Centre Dandenong Roads, Dingley Cost: Current prices can be found here.
DJ's Mini Golf – Sunbury
DJ's is an 18 hole outdoor mini golf course. Play around wickets on the mini cricket pitch hole and dodge rocks as you make your way through the course. Some of the artificial grass is a little longer to simulate 'the rough'. This is for the most part a flat course.
The Cricket hole at DJ's Mioni Golf (Image from DJ's Mini Golf Pty Ltd Facebook Page)
The café serves hot and cold drinks, a range of hot food including mini-pizzas, pies and hotdogs and a selection of ice creams. There are some outdoor tables where you can soak up the sun while you sip your cappuccino. There is also an indoor activity area to keep the little ones amused.
Interesting sculptures are scattered throughout the course (Image from DJ's Mini Golf Pty Ltd Facebook Page)
The outdoor course is set amongst native plants and features a lagoon, gazebo and bridges.
Tree ferns frame the two level indoor course. This is the more challenging of the two courses.
The onsite café has indoor and outdoor tables and is situated by a large pond in picturesque gardens.
(Image from Wetlands Mini Golf Facebook Page)
Children's parties can be organised. More details can be found here.
When: 10:00am to 5:00pm (Last game at 4:30) Closed Monday and Tuesday except for school holidays and public holidays Phone: (03) 9795 3111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:www.minigolf.com.au Where: 703 Wellington Road, Wheelers Hill Cost: Current prices can be found here.