Around the country, there may not be a more quintessential sign of spring than families out on the course, playing multiple mini-golf games on a sunny weekend afternoon.
Los Angeles, of course, has a built-in advantage—with year-round temperate weather and plenty of space, the city is a perfect place for fun outdoor activities like miniature golf outings. Whether it’s an afternoon of family bonding time, or just a way to scratch the itch before getting out on the links for a round on a TPC-level championship course, mini-golf is a great reason to visit these five Southland-area spots.
Sherman Oaks Castle Park
When you walk up to the front gate at the publicly-owned Sherman Oaks Castle Park, it’s easy to mistake it for the entrance to a Renaissance fair, with its ivy-covered turret, heavy gate, and medieval banners. Inside, rushing water fixtures, play-through castles and, yes, windmills dot the course. After the round, a full arcade, batting cages, and a snack bar complete the classic experience and make the park a favorite for birthday parties. An added bonus: The course’s lighting allows golfers to play all the way until midnight.
Golf n’ Stuff Norwalk
On a massive plot of land in nearby Norwalk, Golf n’ Stuff provides plenty of both halves of its name. With four different 18-hole miniature golf courses, it could take a full day just to see all of the obstacles—like mini-Big Bens and rustic castles—on the palm tree-lined putting surfaces. If you don’t want to squeeze in 72 holes of mini-golf, you can take a spin on a bumper boat, or feel the wind whip past as you speed along the Lit’l Indy Raceway in a go-kart.
Arroyo Seco Golf Course
For families who might have members who like both mini- and full-sized golf, Arroyo Seco Golf Course in South Pasadena combines the fun of mini-golf games with the challenge of the original, larger format. A nine-hole putting course is the biggest draw for kids, but Arroyo Seco also features a driving range and an 18-hole par 3 course with tree-lined fairways and well-manicured greens. The on-site restaurant is perfect for families to relax in after putting around—with burgers and fries for the kids, and beer and wine for the adults.
While it may be sunny in Southern California on most days, there’s always a small chance that your family will wake up and see a day planned with fun outdoor activities ruined by rain. If that’s the case, it may be time to head to Woodland Hills and the “family challenge arena” of Glowzone. There, you will putt over and around bridges, wheels, and other obstacles, all bathed in a neon glow. In addition, the indoor facility includes a rock wall, a ropes course, laser tag, and a laser maze, each of which is sure to entertain the family for hours.
If gathering up your crew and getting them to a mini-golf course seems like too much work, you can always bring the course to them. After a simple phone call or email, Kiliki Golf will come and set up anywhere from one to six holes in your yard (or other reserved space) for unlimited mini-golf games. Also included in the price: a “miniature golf pro” who will teach your players tips and tricks—and certificates for anyone who hits a hole-in-one. Whether you’re hosting a party, or just spending time with your spouse and children, this idea is a winner.