Whether it’s date night or an excuse to get the kids out of the house, mini-golf is always an easy way to spark some friendly competition while enjoying the summer weather. These mini-golf locations present a wide range of aesthetics from classic moat-and-plastic-castle-adorned, family friendly to boozy, bougie, or crunchy with a playful twist.
Whatever your mood may be, these cool mini-golf spots in the Hudson Valley might be the place to get your putt on. Grab your colorful clubs and get ready to tee-off!
DC Sports, Wappingers Falls
DC Sports is the antithesis of your run-down neighborhood putt-putt course. Sure, it’s not New York City or Miami, but the course features pretty elaborate winding greens, a castle, pirate ship, and “rock” tunnel. It also has bumper boats for players to rent in the circular river below as well as sand volleyball nearby.
Located at the former Fun Central, DC Sports almost feels like a small amusement park with its indoor virtual mini-golf, skee ball, karaoke, a PGA Golf Tour simulator, (alcoholic and non) beverages, and pub fare. Come rain or shine, this place works well for days with family, birthday parties, and fun office events.
Overlook Golf and Recreation Center, Poughkeepsie
At first glance, Overlook Golf and Recreation Center looks small-town and simplistic, but its mini-golf course design actually draws from different golfing holes around the area and around the country. The course is long and rather challenging but still enjoyable for young kids, which is great for parents and grandparents who opt to sit and watch from the quaint gazebo at the course’s center.
The greens sit alongside a tight and twisty go-kart track that lends some fast-paced action to the refined, focused nature of golf. Overlook puts forth a lively combo of adrenaline-inducing racing and classic mini-golf that is perfect for the thrill-seekers and the calm companions along for the ride.
Kelder Farm & Homegrown Mini-Golf, Kerhonksen
Designed by artist and author Maria Reidelbach, Homegrown Mini-Golf on Kelder’s Farm is a mini-golf paradise for anyone who fits the crunchy granola type. The 10-hole mini-course has fun and challenging hazards made from vintage farm tools and is surrounded by a tasting garden made up of more than 50 varieties of fruits, vegetables, plants, and grains. While this may be an elevated experience, it is still very kid friendly.
Homegrown Mini-Golf is home to the world’s largest garden gnome and the ninth hole features the “the Grain Gang,” 13 cartoon figures made from edible seeds and grains. This place is ideal for parties and events as it accommodates 10-500 people. And at $3.75 per person, the grass is truly greener here.
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Monster Mini-Golf, Middletown
Fans of sci-fi will love this glow-in-the-dark, monster themed arena that (literally) highlights a three-headed dog obstacle plus other extraterrestrial and fantastical elements. Perfect for rainy days, the indoor, climate-controlled facility bathes in the luminescent glow of black lights and offers (in addition to the 18-hole mini-golf course) a high-tech video arcade, mini bowling, laser tag and maze. T
his is a popular spot for birthday parties, as private rooms emulate a decorative haunted mansion and event planning is customizable. Monster Mini-Golf provides families with a one-of-a-kind experience.
Red Rooster Drive-In, Brewster
Go back in time at this retro drive-in and mini golf course. Founded in 1963, Red Rooster maintains its original full food menu, ice cream, and milkshakes. While the mini golf course is colorful and fun, it isn’t terribly challenging The holes are stationed separate from one another with some space between them, so the game may not feel as fluid.
The course does have a classic windmill obstacle and other playful props, but it is probably best suited for younger children. But, for families and older people that visit, the drive-in’s famous hamburgers and black and white shakes are fantastic foods that fill empty stomachs and finish out a good game.
Lakeside Licks Ice Cream, Highland
While the mini-golf at Lakeside Licks has an entertaining, old-school feel, the star of this show is the food. In addition to hard ice cream, soft serve, and savory appetizers, the owners at Lakeside serve up freshly made donuts from their donut shop “Hole in One,” to marry the themes of food and golf.
Visitors can construct their own donut, choosing from various glazes, toppings, and drizzles. And for those not wanting to mix and match, there is always the donut of the day. This is a place for foodies with a “driving” enthusiasm for sugary treats.
Get your putt putt on at any of the above and be sure to let us know if there's any other Hudson Valley mini-golf spots that you're obsessed with.