-

Where To Find The Best Mini Golf In Melbourne

a close up photo of employee emmelyn
Author
Emmelyn Khoo Marketing Executive
15 minutes Jan 31st, 2022

If you don’t have the patience for spending hours on the golf course and want a more laid back experience that focuses on fun, then a round of mini golf is what you’re after. Also known as miniature golf and putt putt, mini golf came to Australia in the early 70s yet experienced an explosion in popularity since the late 90s.

As Melbourne is home to a wide variety of fun attractions such as mini golf, we’ve created a list of destinations where you will find the best mini golf in Melbourne. But if you have never been to a mini golf course before, you may have some questions about this fun game.

Everything To Know About Mini Golf

Why is it called mini golf?

It was all the way back in 1912 when the first mention of mini golf in The Illustrated London News was recorded. It was referred to as ‘golfstacle’ which was a miniature-sized version of a golf course that had obstacles designed to challenge players. Over time, people started calling it what we refer to it today as mini golf.

What is the difference between mini golf and putt putt?

Even though very similar, there is a slight difference between mini golf and putt putt. Mini golf is played and follows the same rules as regular golf, whereas putt putt requires the first putter to complete their hole before the second putter and has shorter and easier courses.

Who putts first in mini golf?

When beginning a game of mini golf, the person who is nearest to the hole on the putting green out of the group is required to putt first. That person must complete their hole by putting their ball into the cup before the next person can putt.

Are there any mini golf courses in Melbourne for adults?

Of course! All mini golf courses are able to be played by adults, but many are tailored for children. However, there are some mini golf courses that are more tailored towards adults such as Glowgolf and Le Bar Europeen.

 

Whether you are enjoying a day out with the family, unwinding with mates or trying to impress on a first date, here is where you’ll find the best places for mini golf in Melbourne.

Wetlands Mini Golf ‘n’ Games, Wheelers Hill

a family enjoying a game of mini golf

We start our list with Wetlands Mini Golf ‘n’ Games, which offers a huge day of fun for beginners and even die-hard mini golf fans. It offers two 18-hole mini golf courses, one undercover and the other outdoors, that provide a variety of fun and exciting challenges.

Both of their awesome mini golf courses are centred around a lagoon (watch out for the water!) and beautifully lush native plants and fern trees. They also feature a variety of obstacles, ramps, gazebos and bridges to overcome, ensuring that each game never gets boring.

When you want to take a quick break from putting, Wetlands Mini Golf ‘n’ Games also has an addictive selection of arcade games to play, including everyone’s favourite: air hockey! There is also a cafe on-site for grabbing an energising cup of coffee and a delicious snack before heading out onto the green again.

Website: http://www.minigolf.com.au/
Address: 703 Wellington Rd, Wheelers Hill VIC 3150

Albert Park Mini Golf, Melbourne CBD

a fun mini golf course with lush green grass

Located just outside the Melbourne CBD is Albert Park Mini Golf, another top condenser for Melbourne’s best mini golf destination. Offering a fun day out underneath the warm Melbourne sun, they have a challenging yet exciting 18-hole course and a creative mini golf course that is designed for people of all ages.

Along with family and friends, you will have a fun time working through challenging obstacles such as cows, tigers, elephants, bulls, calves, kangaroos, zebras and even dragons! Albert Park Mini Golf is a great destination for corporate events, children and adult parties, private functions and more.

Website: https://albertparkminigolf.com.au/
Address: Queens Rd &, Lakeside Dr, Melbourne VIC 3004

Latrobe Golf Park, Bundoora

a giant giraffe on a mini golf course

Situated in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs is Latrobe Golf Park, which also offers a driving range and an incredibly fun adventure mini golf course. With two thrilling mini golf courses to work your way through, your next big adventure awaits you at Latrobe Mini Golf!

Whether you’re enjoying a day out with family, friends, work colleagues or a romantic date, you’ll have an absolute blast. You will have to carefully navigate your way through steep sandy slopes and giant rock boulders on their desert course, which is designed to test your putting skills.

Their lakes course offers a more mental challenge, requiring you to overcome enormous logs, hills, castles and gushing running water! You will need to have a good think before taking each putt. If you feel like your putting skills are a little rusty, Latrobe Gold Park also offers lessons to ensure you are at the top of your game. When it’s time for a break, they also have a cafe and bar area to relax in before your next game.

Website: https://latrobegolfpark.com.au/
Address: 906 Plenty Rd, Bundoora VIC 3083

Yarra Bend Adventure Mini Golf, Fairfield

a zoomed out shot of the Yarra Bend mini golf course

Located near the Yara River just outside of the Melbourne CBD is Yara Bend Adventure Mini Golf, making it the perfect choice for adventure when looking for fun activities to do in the city. Offering a total of 36 holes to putt your way through, there is plenty of fun to be had!

What makes Yara Bend Adventure Mini Golf unique, apart from its East and West courses, is the stunning views it provides of the beautiful Yarra River and surrounding parklands. If you’re up for a challenge, then we recommend putting on their West Course as it’s designed to test your skills.

There are a wide variety of obstacles to test your skills such as steep slopes to overcome, pipes to go down, pools of water to traverse over, chutes to travel through and many more!

Website: https://yarrabendgolf.com/mini-golf/
Address: Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield VIC 3078

Glowgolf and Le Bar Europeen, Docklands

a golf ball about to be putt into a hole

As Australia’s first and original glow in the dark mini golf course, Glowgolf and Le Bar Europeen is like a magical cross between an adventure park theme ride and a mini golf course. Their 18-hole course will have you putting your way through a selection of some of the most iconic attractions in Australia – in the dark!

Basketed in the bright neon glow, there are heaps of fun themed mini golf courses such as the Australian outback, the Great Barrier Reef, an outdoor dunny, spooky crocodiles and even a Kingswood Ute. As the most unique mini golf course on our list, you definitely have to head down to Glow Golf to experience the fun of playing glow in the dark mini golf in the dark!

Once your game is over, head over to their Le Bar Europeen for a drinking or two and celebrate the winner. As probably the smallest bar in Australia, if not the world, you and up to 3 other people can pull up a seat and enjoy a drink from their wine and beer menu.

Website: http://www.glowgolf.com.au/
Address: 35 Star Cres, Docklands VIC 3008

Maroondah Golf Park, Chirnside Park

a woman about to putt a golf ball

Situated in Chirnside Park is Maroondah Golf Park, which is home to two 18-hole incredibly fun mini golf courses that have an emphasis on adventure. Each course has been individually crafted and designed to offer a rewarding challenge. You might find one hole a breeze – but the next one might not be!

The lake course offers 18 holes and is filled with fun obstacles such as rotating water wheels which require precise timing, miniature creeks, winding paths, ball spirals and tunnels that can prove to be more tricky than they might seem.

Their lodge course is under cover, which is ideal if the weather turns sour. There are also various mechanisms such as water effects and air effects that will move your ball over to other locations on the course, providing a unique and fun challenge for all ages!

Website: http://adventuregolf.com.au/
Address: 363 Maroondah Hwy, Chirnside Park VIC 3116

Dingley Village Adventure Golf, Dingley Village

a person playing a game of mini golf

Drive about 44 minutes from the Melbourne CBD and you’ll find yourself at Dingley Village Adventure Golf. The entire mini golf park is themed like a beautiful outdoor garden featuring lush green trees, plants, firns and gazebos.

Truly living up to its name, Dingley Village Adventure Golf offers two fun mini golf courses that each have 18 holes and a range of unique obstacles to overcome. Their chasm course is a fully under cover, multilevel building and is designed to be a little easier, so it is the perfect place to warm up before moving on to their more difficult course.

Their creek course is set outdoors, twisting and winding around a scenic miniature lake with waterwheels and waterfalls to navigate your way through! They also have driving ranges to practice your swing if you want to hit up their regular golf course as well as function areas that are perfect for celebrating birthdays!

Website: https://www.springparkgolf.com.au/
Address: Cnr Centre Dandenong Rd & Lower Dandenong Rd, Dingley Village VIC 3172

 

It doesn’t matter whether you are spending a romantic day with your partner, enjoying a day out with friends or entertaining the kids, mini golf is the perfect way to have some great outdoor fun. And now that you know where to find the best mini golf in Melbourne, grab some mates and start planning your next big day out!

If you’re looking for a bite to eat after a big day out, check out where to find the best sushi train restaurants in Melbourne and end your day on a high note.