My kids have discovered a new obsession: mini golf. Even though they’re only 2 and 4 years old, ages when “technique” and “rules” are nonexistent, they understand the point and have a blast trying. If your kids are anything like mine, don’t expect to play much yourself or keep score. Do expect lots of following them around, retrieving rogue balls and repeating, “nice try!” (But I have to say, there’s almost nothing cuter or funnier than a toddler with a teeny little plastic club.) Here are some options on Oahu for family golfing fun.
Bay View Mini-Putt and Zipline
This place is huge, and my personal favorite. The beautiful views of the Koolaus do it for me, and my kids love exploring the courses. You can choose the easier Pali course or the more challenging Likelike course, 18 or 36 holes. The few times we’ve been it wasn’t too crowded.
Kamaaina adults are $12 for 18 holes and $15 for 36 holes. General admission is $15 for 18 holes, $20 for 36 holes. Kids 3 to 11 years are $10 for 18 holes or $12 for 36 holes. Kids 2 years and under are free.
Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bay View Mini-Putt and Zipline. 45-285 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kaneohe. 247-6464, bayviewminiputt.com.
Tropics Mini Golf
This course just switched ownership and received a facelift in 2014. I liked that it was nice and shady so we weren’t too hot. If you're hungry, you can get a hot dog, chili and rice or a pizza slice for $1.50 to $2.50. But the big seller for our kids was the shave ice.
Kamaaina adults, military and seniors are $8. General admission is $9. Kids 3 to 7 years are $6. Kids 2 years and under are free.
Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tropics Mini Golf. 98-1101 Moanalua Road, Aiea. 200-5331, tropicsminigolf.com.
Glow Putt Mini Golf
My kids beg me to go here every time we’re at Windward Mall. It’s a perfect rainy day option. The staff is always really friendly and usually don’t charge for my 2-year-old. My kids love the glow bracelets they get at the beginning, and the little lights they get to take home at the end.
Adults are $7 a round, military and law enforcement are $6 a round, children 5 years and under are $5 a round.
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Glow Putt Mini Golf. Located on the second floor of Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Highway. 235-6600, glowputtminigolf.com.
More mini golf options:
Island Adventure Golf. 18 holes of miniature golf right next to Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii.
Kamaaina and military are $5.24 per round. General admission is $11 for players 42 inches in height and taller, $9 for everyone else. Admission is free with a Wet 'n' Wild Gold Pass.
Hours are the same as Wet 'n' Wild with the last call for golf one hour before closing.
400 Farrington Highway, Kapolei. 674-9283, wetnwildhawaii.com.
Rascal’s Family Fun Center. Rascal's has an indoor, black-light mini golf course as well as black-light bowling, laser tag and an arcade.
For just mini golf: $5.95 for adults, $5.50 for kids 12 years and younger, seniors (55+) and military with ID.
Tuesday through Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
735 Iwilei Road, Suites 310 and 320. 539-2222, rascalsffc.com.
Tiki Island, Kaneohe Marine Corps Base. This course is only open to military and Department of Defense workers. It has two 18-hole courses: The Koa (fearless) and the Noa (freedom). Tiki Island also has bumper boats and a batting cage.
$5.25 for one course. $8 to play both courses.
Open June 1 to July 31 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 1 through May 31 open Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe, Building 3038 Manning St. 254-5592, mccshawaii.com/tikiisland/.
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