Orlando is ranked #5 on the list of the best golf cities in the United States, which isn’t too surprising considering some of the top golfers in history call The Sunshine State home. Florida also has the advantage of weather that allows for year-round practice. If your golf skills aren’t quite up to the standards of the PGA Tour, no worries. Orlando is also home to some of the most awesome miniature golf spots around.
Fantasia Gardens at Disney’s Swan Hotel is the closest you could get to playing putt-putt on a real-life golf course. The course features the standard golfing obstacles like sand traps, bunkers, and sloping greens. Golfers are also immersed in 5 whimsical Fantasia scenes featuring hippos wearing tutus, marching broomsticks, and pirouetting ostriches. A round at this course is $14 for adults and $12 for kids between 3-9 years old.
2. Hollywood Drive-in
Hollywood Drive-In at Universal Citywalk features two different 18-hole courses. They are each themed around two vintage movie genres, sci-fi and horror. Choose between “The Haunting of Ghostly Greens” and “Invaders From Planet Putt Putt”. You can also go for for the double feature and play all 36 holes. Prepare to navigate around a haunted house, crashed saucer, and giant robot while trying to score a hole in one.
3. Winter Summerland
Winter Summerland at Blizzard Beach is the off-duty hang out spot for Santa and his elves. This mini golf spot also has two courses, summer and winter. The summer course is all about fun in the sun, with obstacles like giant surf boards, and beach balls. Santa sleeping buried in the sand. The winter course takes golfers up to The North Pole, complete with giant peppermints and hockey sticks. Watch out for Squirty the Snowman, he squirts water at people who putt their balls too close to him! The two courses meet for the last few holes. Once golfers have sunk their ball into the 18th hole, Santa delivers a special message. A round at either course costs $14 for adults and $12 for kids (3-9 years old). NOTE: Winter Summerland Miniature Golf is not currently accepting reservations
4. Congo River Golf
Congo River Golf on International Drive has so much more to offer than just a game of miniature golf. The 18-hole course takes golfers through caves, waterfalls, rainforests, and rocky summits. In addition to the round, golfers can play The Exploration Game scavenger hunt on the course. Guests can also enjoy gem mining, arcade games, Ubanki hoops (a twist on traditional basketball), and even feed live alligators. An 18-hole round costs $13.49 for adults and $11.99 for kids.
5. Pirates Cove
Pirates Cove, also on International Drive is a pretty standard mini-golf course. The pirate-themed adventure course features rushing waterfalls and elaborate landscapes to steer your game around. Golfers can choose from the Captain’s Course or Blackbeard’s Challenge. Both courses are $13.50 plus tax for adults and $11.95 plus tax for kids. The 36 hole adventure is $22.50 plus tax for adults and $19.95 plus tax for kids.