With a golfing husband and a keen mini golfer in our daughter Miss Three, it was only a matter of time before we went to check out the Family Mini Golf at The Canberra International Golf Centre.
Although not exactly on the same par (pun intended) as the more modern mini golf centres (ie. on the Gold Coast) - with their windmills and water features in the middle of the greens - its simple layout is pleasant, however you will need to make your own fun to get the most out of this course. Some friendly competition is required - so perhaps work out a fun prize for the winner of your game to keep it interesting for the kids.
The course is in the same location as the two level Driving Range, the "Pitch and Putt" golf course (a shorter version 18 hole golf course, where the players can only use 2 clubs and don't have to hit as far) and "Pete's Golf Connection" - the largest golf shop in Australia. The "Pitch and Putt" course is popular with the ladies, so there were quite a few people around when we were there, although we were the only ones playing mini golf.
Mini Golf costs $9.50 for adults and $6.50 for under 18's (students).
It would be an expensive exercise for a family of four for such a short amount of time (it doesn't take long to get around the 18 holes), however if you have your kids play while you watch and heckle, then it would be a fun way to spend about half an hour - longer, if you take your time.
Another suggestion is perhaps the golfer in your family could practice on the Driving Range, while the rest of the family play mini golf, to get the most out of this location. The Driving Range is quite impressive for its age, with two levels to hit from, a heater above each player for chilly Winter days (on the lower level only) and an automatic system for the ball to roll out onto your tee.
64 bays over the two levels, with 28 having the automatic tee (where the ball rolls onto the tee, so you don't have to bend down).
The upstairs has a good view in all directions. Check out their website for Driving Range prices for 50, 75 and 100 balls plus club hire. The Centre is showing it's age, but it is an impressive Driving Range for all golf enthusiasts.
If you want to get your kids away from the TV for some family time, then put this on your list of options for your day. With so many great family activities to do in Canberra this may not be at the top of the list, but it if you love golf then this is for you.