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GETTING OUT: Where to Play Mini Golf in Central Mass

Thursday, July 05, 2012

 

If your family and friends like some friendly competition in the warm, sunny summer months, than there is nothing better than a game of miniature golf. Depending on what you are looking for, mini-golf courses can offer a lot of wacky fun involving windmills and trick shots or a legitimate challenge with realistic roughs and bunkers. And if the weather is not looking so good on a certain day, you can take your talents indoors. Here are some great places in Central Mass that are ideal for spending a couple of hours playing this summer tradition.

Mulligan’s Miniature Golf

124 Leominster Road, Sterling
978-422-5022

Mulligan’s comes very highly-rated. It is open daily from 10 am-10 pm during the summer, with a Golf & Lunch special 11am-1 pm Monday through Friday. In addition, every Wednesday night in July and August 9 pm-11 pm the course hosts “Moonlight Madness” where the course lights are shut off and mini-golfers shoot glow-in-the-dark balls. Adults pay $8, youths ages 4-12 and seniors over 55 pay $6, and youths under 3 get in free with a paying adult. You can also plan to have birthday parties or host other special events at the course.

Interesting tidbit about Mulligan's:  It is the site of the original Guinness World Record for Most Holes of Miniature Golf Played in 24 Hours. In 2004, Matt Majikas played 3035 holes, or 168 rounds to claim the title in this newly created category. 
 

Crystal Caves

790 Southbridge Street, Auburn
508-832-0797

Crystal Caves has a number of family friendly attractions.  The highlight, of course, is the mini-golf course. The entertainment center is open 9 am-11pm daily during the summer, weather permitting. The 18-hole mini-golf course is good for those who like a good challenge as it has all the characteristics of a real golf course including roughs, fairways, greens and sand traps, just in a smaller form. For the golf, Adults pay $7.50, kids and seniors get in for $6.50, while children under 4 get in for $4. Be sure to also check out the Batting Cages and Robbie’s Place for ice cream as well.


Lancaster Golf Center

430 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster
978-537-8922

The mini-golf course at the Lancaster Golf Course is famous for its replica holes of a number of different holes from real-life golf courses including Sawgrass and Pebble Beach. The course includes sand traps, water hazards and dog legs. Adults pay $6.75, while children between 5 and 12 get in for $5 and 5 and under get in for free. There is also a driving range, a par 3 regular golf course, batting cages, and “bankshot basketball.”


Bogey Lanes

199 North Brookfield Road, East Brookfield
508-867-6629

Bogey Lanes’ claim to fame is bowling but do not let that turn you away from their other attractions including an 18 hole mini-golf course. Summer hours for the golf include Monday-Thursday 10 am-9 pm, Friday-Saturday 10 am-10 pm, and Sunday noon-9 pm. Prices are $5.50 for adults, and $4.50 for kids 12 and under and seniors 62 and older. In addition, the complex also has an arcade, pool, and cosmic bowling.

Trombetta’s Farm

655 Farm Road, Marlborough
508-485-6429

Trombetta’s Farm has an indoor mini-golf course, a garden center, and homemade ice cream at its location in Marlborough. The indoor mini-golf offers a terrific deal for those who may wish to hold a birthday party. A party of ten costs $165 dollars and includes a game of golf, use of the private function room, ice cream, cake, and drinks. Each extra person costs $15 more. The farm is open daily 10 am-9 pm.
 

Glowgolf at Solomon Pond Mall

601 Donald Lynch Boulevard, Marlborough
508-485-9900

The Solomon Pond Mall offers a unique indoor mini-golf experience. As the name suggests, it is what you expect for a mini-golf course except for the small fact it is all glow-in-the-dark. Glowgolf also hosts laser tag as part of the Laser Maze Challenge. Hours when school is out include Monday-Saturday 10 am-9pm and Sunday noon- 6pm. For the golf, adults pay $9, kids 5-12 get in for $7, and children 4 and under and seniors get in for $4.

 

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