Unleash your inner Tiger Woods at Thornleigh Mini Golf
It's that time of the year again – school holidays are staring you in the face and you are starting to get a bit concerned about how to deal with your kids being home 24/7 for approximately 6 weeks. You need a list. A list of activities to keep them occupied and you sane. On top of your list write Thornleigh Mini Golf. This is a fantastic outing for the whole family where you can have a hit and a giggle and then totally refresh yourself in their aptly named Bunker Café.
Thornleigh Mini Golf hasn't been open that long so everything looks brand spanking new. It is the perfect spot to waste half a day playing either 18 or 36 holes depending on the energy levels of your kids and how much coin you have in your wallet.
The courses are separated into the Palms course and the Billabong course. The design as a result features loads of palms and billabongs. Older kids will no doubt putt their way through 36 holes in no time at all, however if you have little ones with you, maybe opt for the 18 holes as their little attention spans don't last that long and they may prefer to jump in one of the many water features instead of learning the subtle art of golf. (By the way you aren't allowed in any of the water features, no matter how hot it is!). If your ball ends up in the drink, as they no doubt will, there are long handled nets located around the course which you can use to fish your ball out, by the way golf balls float – I never knew that!
When you arrive you pay at the Bunker Café. Children are measured for an appropriate putt size, then everyone is a given a different coloured ball and your score card and off you go. Luckily the day we played we were the only ones on the course.
It was the first time we had let our young pre-schoolers loose on a "golf course" so we needed to show them some golfing etiquette, for example "no swinging" – my husband learnt that one the hard way when our 3 year old took a full swing and hit his father rather hard, you know where! Ordinarily there is a maximum of six strokes (hits) per hole to allow for other players to move through the course easily, however if no one else is playing then you can take your time.
The whole premise of mini golf is to have fun. If you have a budding Tiger Woods amongst you who takes the game a bit too seriously then putt them next door to the golfing range or sign them up for a school holiday clinic. Kids from the ages of 4 – 17 can be taught to play golf properly by a professional coach.
If as a parent the thought of hitting a little ball into a little hole is terribly dreary then why not grab a coffee at the Bunker Café and sit back and relax whilst you watch your kids hit their own way around the course. Kids under 6 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Once the kids come off the course they can have a cool drink or icy pole or something a bit more substantial if they prefer.
Thornleigh Mini Golf also host birthday parties for kids. You can self-cater or arrange for the Bunker café to do the catering. Prices cost for self catering parties from $140.00 for 8 kids and this includes a round of golf, dedicated birthday room, invitations and disposable plates, cups etc.
If you are into a deluxe style of kids party then you will be paying from $240.00 for 8 kids and this includes catering, 36 holes and 2 hours of room hire. You can book all of this online.
Thornleigh Mini Golf is a great day out for the family - they are also open at night time until 9.00pm. In the middle of summer in the middle of the day it will get quite hot - there isn't any sun protection on the course - so remember to slip, slop slap.