I was looking for an out-doorsy activity for my two oldest girls that would place me conveniently close to the wineries and chocolatiers in the Swan Valley. I knew the Supa Golf course was a tad long for my five year old (900 metre walk per 9 holes) so I decided to take them to the Adventure Putt Miniature Golf which is located on the same property at the Oasis Resort on West Swan Road (and just down the road from the Margaret River Chocolate Factory).
The mini golf is set alongside water features and flowering gardens
The Adventure Putt course is an 18 hole course, set in a gated and beautifully presented area within the Resort. With water features, flowering gardens and Balinese style statues, the garden itself is beautifully manicured and although the area is quite small, it packs a lot into a small space.
While marginally cheaper than the Supa Golf, it is still a relatively expensive activity – although by no means the most expensive mini-golf in Perth. As of October 2015 adults were $14, children under 15 were $12 and children under four $7.50. No spectators are allowed.
The entire course takes around an hour, though this depends on the size of your group and how skilled everyone is. In general though, the holes are short and relatively simple. That's not to say it is easy though, and I certainly found some of the par twos unrealistic… par six would have served me better.
After paying and selecting our colour co-ordinated putter and balls we wandered outside to find the course. Here is a hint – the entry gate is directly opposite the exit of the club house.
The course is well maintained and very tidy. A fine artificial turf makes up the putting greens, bunkers are actually white artificial grass, meaning there are no sand traps to worry about. As the course progresses the holes get progressively more difficult with water hazards, multi-option tunnels, slopes and mounds, dips, wooden obstacles and bridges. There are no moving windmills or automated obstacles here, so if you are expecting something out of a Simpsons episode, you will have to look elsewhere.
While there are large palms throughout the course, not all of the area is shaded, so remember to bring a hat. Seating is provided in the form of a wooden bench at each hole and music (and talking) is broadcast over the speakers in the form of a local radio station.
The course is very suitable for young children, and since Supa Golf is recommended only for kids aged six and above, the Adventure Putt is a worthy alternative for even the smallest of children. The website says aged two and above, but I found my five year old grew weary after nine holes.
The nice thing about the Oasis Resort is that there is a café onsite, with shaded seating overlooking the grounds. The café sells only basic foods, but exactly the sorts of snacks and treats kids want after a gruelling game of golf – icecreams, muffins, sausage rolls and pies, crisps, slushies and the best value milk-shakes around ($3.80).
Kids can stay and play on the equipment after their round of golf